Additional muzzleloader considerations There are no caliber limits while hunting game with a muzzleloading rifle. When hunting wild turkeys with a muzzleloading shotgun, however, the same gauge limits apply as with any other shotgun, namely, it must be between 10 and 20 gauge.
The new turkey load from Federal Premium for 2018—Heavyweight TSS No. 9 in.410 bore—-is undoubtedly capable of taking a wild bird at 40 yards. The issue on many turkey hunters' minds, though, is which.410 shotgun is ideal for turkey hunting. While there's no single right or wrong answer to this question, here are some things to consider when choosing between models: size of field you'll be shooting; type of terrain where you hunt; amount of call for noise control; and price.
In general, smaller shotguns are easier to handle and shoot accurately. They're also less likely to get stuck in brush or fallen trees during thick cover conditions. On the other hand, larger models can hold more shot and have longer barrels, which help deliver more power with each shot.
When it comes to which.410 offers the best shot-to-shot performance, that depends on how much lead you want to burn through per bird. A heavy rifle will produce more consistent results over multiple shots than one built for speed.
That being said, since most turkeys don't come within 20 yards of you, performance isn't the main factor in choosing a model. Size matters mostly when you need to fit all your gear into a vehicle. In fact, our favorite.410 for turkey hunting is the Benelli M4 Super Black Eagle. It's accurate, reliable, and easy to use.
If you already hunt upland or waterfowl, chances are you have a shotgun that can be used for turkey hunting. Choose a shotgun that you can fire accurately. This includes both gun fit and recoil. If the recoil is so strong that it interferes with your second shot, try a new action or a lower gauge.
A 12-gauge pump shotgun is the most popular choice among turkey hunters. These guns have large shells that can produce large wounds at close range. They also have relatively low recoil. A 20-gauge shell will have less wallop but still has enough force to penetrate thick feathers and flesh. A 28-gauge would have even more punch but also more kick. A shotgun should never be considered a replacement for proper shot placement. However, if you cannot reach small game then a larger bird may be necessary.
Turkey hunting with a rifle is the traditional way to go but many people now use shotguns instead. It's up to you which method feels better to you. Both methods require similar skills including standing technique, wind direction, and shot placement.
The type of terrain you're hunting in will determine which weapon is best. For example, if you're going after turkeys in dense vegetation then a rifle will help you get closer before shooting. But if you have open country where you can see far ahead, then a shotgun is your best option.
Deer and bear shotguns must be 10 gauge, 12 gauge, 16 gauge, or 20 gauge and discharge slugs or # 1 or bigger buckshot. Slugs can be used to hunt elk, goats, sheep, and moose using 10-gauge and 12-gauge shotguns.
You can also use slugs for bird hunting if you have a 20-gauge gun available. The size of the shot you use depends on the game you are shooting at. For example, hunters want to use larger shot for big game so that they don't kill small animals too. Of course, you can always use smaller shot if you only want to take down large predators or clean out your limit daily. It's up to you what type of shoot you want to do when you go hunting.
Slug loads are easier to control than split shots because there is less chance of hitting the target by accident. This is especially important when you are trying to hit specific body parts such as eyes or brains!
The power of your shotgun is determined by the amount of gas it contains. A powerful gun uses more gas, which means you will need to change the gas cartridge more often. Less powerful guns use less gas, so you can keep the same cartridge for longer. This is why big game hunters usually use 18-gauge and smaller shotguns. They can handle larger charges of gas without running out too soon.
Waterfowl shotguns must use non-toxic shot ammo that has been certified.
You can only use lead balls for hunting with a shotgun because they'll go through the animal and come out the other side. A slug would go straight into the body cavity and probably kill the bird instantly. However, since slugs are more difficult to handle when shooting in confined spaces, we recommend using a scattergun for hunting from a stand or platform where you can't easily get close to your prey.
If you're interested in trying your hand at hunting with a shotgun, check out some of our articles on the subject: "How Do You Hunt With a Shotgun?" and "When Should You Use a Slug Gun vs Shot Gun?". They should help give you some ideas about what type of game can be hunted with a shotgun and what types of shots it requires.
As long as you're abiding by the barrel length requirement and using non-toxic shot, you should have no problem shooting varmints with a shotgun.