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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-23-2019, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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223 load for Turkey

Taking a youth out turkey hunting this fall. He can shoot the 223, but can't hit squat with the shotgun. Can anyone recommend a load for the 223, that won't destroy too much meat?

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Not to be a Debbie downer but if he can't hit squat with a shotgun at a stationary object,I'm not sure a .223 would be a better bet.I load 40gr v-max bullets in my .223's.We've killed a half dozen or so turkeys and damage wasn't as bad as I expected.
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Sounds like he's recoil-shy of the shotgun...
I like to start youth out with an 11-87 and 2 3/4 shells. Takes a lot of the "sting" out, and is still plenty to take a turkey.
But if 223 is the decision, like dce said, v-max would be your best bet. 55gr soft point a distant 2nd.
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I've used my .223 in the past with a 55gr Hornady full metal jacket. Yes......some will scream that a FMJ bullet is illegal....and it is on deer, bear....but it's perfectly legal for turkey. Shot placement is key....aim for the top of the leg. I haven't had one go farther than ten feet....and never had one fly off.

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I've used my .223 in the past with a 55gr Hornady full metal jacket. Yes......some will scream that a FMJ bullet is illegal....and it is on deer, bear....but it's perfectly legal for turkey. Shot placement is key....aim for the top of the leg. I haven't had one go farther than ten feet....and never had one fly off.

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Steeltrap is correct. I discovered shooting them about 2 in. above the top of the levels years ago using a .22 Hornet. Kills them, some run a few steps but never fly. Switched to a .223 same results and no ruined meat.
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I have a box of 30-39 shells called accelerators 55 grains. maybe you could find one similar in a 223 caliber shell
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I meant to say 30-30
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I have a box of 30-39 shells called accelerators 55 grains. maybe you could find one similar in a 223 caliber shell
The 30-30 accelerators are shooting a 55gr .224 caliber bullet in a 30 caliber sabot at roughly 3400 fps, so basically shooting Hornady Varmint Express .223s except the .223 is way more accurate.
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Haven't tried 223, but have a good 222 load in the files somewhere which was close to a 22 hornet load....even had a good 270 load with a 90 gr. bullet which was pretty accurate to 100 yds. Therefore there must be a decent 223 load out there.
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Haven't tried 223, but have a good 222 load in the files somewhere which was close to a 22 hornet load....even had a good 270 load with a 90 gr. bullet which was pretty accurate to 100 yds. Therefore there must be a decent 223 load out there.
Would you share that load for the 222

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