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The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« on: April 14, 2024, 11:00:22 AM »
I need a shotgun for turkey hunting.

I know rifles pretty well after decades of hunting big game, but Iím like a hog looking at a wristwatch when it comes to shotguns. Iím not hunting waterfowl, so I probably don't need the versatility of a 12-gauge. I have astigmatism, so red-dot sights are a problem but Iím fine with a scope or rifle sights. I prefer a shortish (~12.5Ē) length of pull, and Iíd like to be able to add different barrels for small game, predators, other upland game, etc.

After lurking on the internet and coonfingering my way through gun shows and shops, Iím leaning toward a 20-gauge, probably either a Remington 870 Youth, the Mossberg 500 Turkey, or one of the Mossberg Bantams. That said, Iím willing to consider semi-autos, single-shots, or anything else. Iíd also be willing to get an older gun with a fixed-choke barrel and add a turkey barrel.

What do you guys think?

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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2024, 11:25:47 AM »
 870 12/20 covers it all. Super easily to get parts and pieces .
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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2024, 11:29:29 AM »
I wouldn't over-think it.  Just about any shotgun will kill a turkey.


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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2024, 11:32:44 AM »
I wouldn't over-think it.  Just about any shotgun will kill a turkey.


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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2024, 06:00:09 PM »
Love my Mossberg 500 Turkey. It is also a great home defense shotgun because of the 20" barrel. You can get a Mossberg 500 in .410, 20 gauge or 12 gauge.
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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2024, 06:14:04 PM »
I would get a Benelli super nova or nova. I bought my wife a Nova 20. Itís the smaller youth model. I really like it

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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2024, 03:18:30 PM »
as light a shotgun as you can find... if you sit in a blind nevermind.. but if you walk that should direct your decision... tss will cover performance for whatever gauge you choose... 410/28/20 would be all i looked at.
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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2024, 10:32:32 AM »
as light a shotgun as you can find... if you sit in a blind nevermind.. but if you walk that should direct your decision... tss will cover performance for whatever gauge you choose... 410/28/20 would be all i looked at.

A couple of years ago I bought a Mossberg 500 Super Bantam Youth Turkey gun in 20ga. The thing weighs about 5.5 lbs and is scaled down a bit for kids. Since I'm a smaller framed guy that wasn't an issue for me, but I did have to add a pad to increase LOP. Added a good carrying sling and you hardly notice its on your shoulder. I prefer hunting with my old vintage shotguns but if I need to be hiking a lot of miles I'll take the Mossberg. I have used both lead and Apex TSS #9's with it and they both kill well, but the TSS kills are longer distances.
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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2024, 01:06:46 PM »
I took my first turkey at 45yards with a Mossberg 500 20GA youth model. It's light, cheap, and reliable. Invest in a decent choke and pair it with a good patterning round and you are set. I did end up adding a pad to increase the LOP, but I still grouse hunt with it every fall almost 20 later.

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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2024, 01:40:47 PM »
I took my first turkey at 45yards with a Mossberg 500 20GA youth model. It's light, cheap, and reliable. Invest in a decent choke and pair it with a good patterning round and you are set. I did end up adding a pad to increase the LOP, but I still grouse hunt with it every fall almost 20 later.

I patterned it with the extra full choke that came with my youth turkey gun, but I didn't think the pattern was that great. I bought a Jeb's .555 turkey choke and it's much better. Everything you said is spot on. My initial plan was to out a red dot on it but I've stuck with the factory irons. Good guns.

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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2024, 02:26:35 PM »
Been killing turkeys with a remington 870 for alot of years. cant go wrong.

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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2024, 12:06:39 PM »
What about sights?


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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2024, 06:23:28 PM »
The choke and the ammo are probably more important than the gun itself.
Iíve been wanting to try out a .410 and the TSS stuff but itís like $17 a round so Iím out.
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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2024, 09:00:33 PM »
What about sights?


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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2024, 09:44:41 PM »
Get a stoger, half the price of a Bennelli but built by the same, awesome smooth action.
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Re: The State of Turkey Guns in 2024
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2024, 10:06:38 PM »
I really like the Stevens 301 in 410ga. Itís like 4lbs, comes with a turkey choke and patterns the browning TSS really well. Has a bead but also comes with a pic rail to mount an optic if you want and itís $320 or better in most places


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