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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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What type of bullets are ideal out of a 22 mag for turkey? Also, what is an idea spot to aim at a turkey with a 22 mag?

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 08:12 PM
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Whatever bullet shoots the best from your 22-Mag. I would want at least a 30gr. minimum bullet weight. Aim at the base of the neck.....where the neck meets the body. You want to sever the spine for a drop dead....no chance to fly....kill.

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Same thing Steeltrap said.....where neck meets body. Aiming mid body will end poorly....
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Agree with the above on frontal and facing away shots. Side shots I aim for where the wing joins the body.

My favorite bullets are winchester super x hollow points 40 gr. I have shot a fair amount of fall birds with anchoring them all on the spot.

My father had lost a few birds using solid nose bullets. None after going to the hollow pointa.
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Used to use a .22 mag on them all the time. Head shots if possible were the norm. Break the spine otherwise is best. Sight the gun in to cut holes and trust it, is what an old trapper once told me.

After the butchering starts on my turkey farm (Easterns) the birds become pretty difficult to catch. .22 comes out and the games begin.

A few weeks ago it was Rooster roundup time. I was amazed to see how I was hitting them on the run in the head with the open sighted .22. I still got it.
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Thanks for the input. I have killed 2 with my 22 mag and aimed at the base of the neck both times. I did this because the bullets do not expand. I was curious if a more expanding bullet would open up any other places on the body to aim.

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Aim where wing joins body and will not get any refusal.

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Turkeys have a very small vital area.I've killed them with a 22 mag and have also wounded several and so has my brother.
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I've killed a few fall birds using a .223 with a 55gr solid bullet. No bullet explosion, so no meat destruction. Base of neck.....ya know your gonna hit bone there.

BTW.....my own handloads for this.
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I killed one with a .22 mag, probably 20 years ago. Last day, snow on the ground. I knew a flock was roosting on a river hillside, almost on the top. I waited, they showed up near dark. Watching them feed, I had to time the shot when the head and neck went down to the ground. They scratch with one leg, scratch with the other leg, take a step back, then poke their heads to the ground to see what they scratched up. I watched, got ready, and when the bird stepped backwards, I was ready to shoot.
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