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.357 or .38 loads for turkey?

Hey guys,

With us being able to use rifles for the fall season over here in 1B, and with having just bought a GP100, I was thinking about taking out it out along with the .22. Anyone have any idea what a good commercial load would be for turkey? In my mind I'm trying to decide JHP vs LRN vs Hornady Leverolution. Also, what grain? Or would it be better to put some .38's in it? I'm not looking to shoot long distance, just something that would pack a little more punch than a .22 at closer distance.

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Re: .357 or .38 loads for turkey?

I would use 38 spl lead semi wadcutter rounds. Full house 357. would blow turkeys apart.

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Re: .357 or .38 loads for turkey?

That's what I'm thinking...either semi-wad or full out wadcutters
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Re: .357 or .38 loads for turkey?

If anything I would use hard cast. Might try the 158 grain hard cast Buffalo Bore makes for the 38. With the relatively short range in wich a gun like that would be useful..say 25-30 yards. Maybe more with practice any more than a 38 would be too much. With that said unless you got a good hit it could just pass right through with a mortal wound to only die later.

I have a 6" stainless GP100 and love it. I was just out at the range last week, and blew a punch of lead down range. I was thinking of trying it on groundhogs, but honestly I never got around to it.

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Re: .357 or .38 loads for turkey?

I'm no dead-eye...I will say that. I am however always up for a challenge...and this is one. I'm thinking it would just be neat and fun to use it at closer ranges.
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Re: .357 or .38 loads for turkey?

I felt the same way. I have a hard time even hitting a deer.

Trust me that more range time would be helpfull. I understand and encourage the enthusiasm, but truth be told you need more range time at the very least.

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