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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Edward C Forest, Aug 17, 2018.
What is the best way to determine the proper form size for a skinned turkey and no weight known?
The BEST way is to buy a small, medium and large and test fit.
I have bought turkey forms that gave measurements and I couldn't get near those measurements when I measured the form. So, that can be unreliable. Also, weight is relative and not all 20 pound toms have the same measurements. I usually order the form on the low side of what they claim because a form that is a little smaller than you would like is much better than a form that is a little tighter than you would like.
An example is I kill a 19 pound turkey. I would order a form that is for a 15 to 17 pound tom or 16 to 20 pound tom which ever measurements that form might come in.
You have no body weight or measurements, so buy a small, medium and large and one will fit.
I agree... flesh and wash that sucker, towel dry and test fit.
A turkey needs ahelluvalotta room.
You could make a large turkey look good on a medium mannikan, but you're gonna be hard pressed to make a medium turkey look even half assed good on a large mannikan...IMHO
Ahellofalotta? That's funny...but true.
Test fit and make sure you have about 2" of slack.
I don't use the rule of thumb when sizing the skin to the mount.
I use the rule of fist.
I put the skin where I want it and if I can make fist between the mannikin breast and the breast skin and it's not tight, I'll go with that.