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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 4:46 pm 
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Im a big fan of the benelli nova or super nova 12 gauge that takes 3.5inch shells. I used it for turkey (some) and duck (a ton) for a few years. That gun took a beating and never failed ever. It patterned well. loved it. i upgraded to a sbe2 now. Benelli guns fit me better than the remington 870. I have beretta over/unders too and benelli and berettas with the mobil choke system share chokes. So you always have choke options for duck, pheasant, grouse, small game, etc. Novas can be found on the used rack for 250-300 bucks too!




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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:38 pm 
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GriffMaxp6,

It is surprising how many gun manufacturers use Beretta Multi chokes in their guns. I have a nice modern 28 gauge L.C. Smith made by Zabala in Spain, and the Beretta 28 gauge multi chokes fit the L.C. Smith/Zapala gun perfectly. Way cool because they are always available.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:14 pm 
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If I had to pick a 12 gauge pump, I'd go with an 870. Even the cheap models work great and kill turkeys every time if you do your part. Now my personal go-to gun currently is a Stoeger 3020 with a Sumtoy .562 choke and Federal Heavyweight #7's. It's unbelievable what smaller bore guns will do to a turkey these days. I've killed 4 with it in the last two years and they were just as dead as with a 12. Maybe even deader. ;) Good luck with whatever you choose!

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:20 pm 
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I purchased an 870 Tactical recently because I wanted the drilled and tapped receiver for optics. The overall function and quality of the gun is outstanding and a pleasure to shoot and hunt with. I just took off the scope and rifled barrel from this past deer season and put the 23" barrel and red dot on it for turkey season. It came with a very nice black synthetic pistol grip stock but I like the fit and look of a tradition stock. Hard to go wrong with an 870.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:47 pm 
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After many years and many turkey guns I like auto loaders best. If you need a second shot, not often, but when you need one you need it fast. Plus recoil reduction.

I have had many Remington pumps and autos plus Mossberg pumps but two years ago I went to Winchester SX3’s. One in 12 and one in 20. Both are the Long Beard models with pistol grips and camo. Both came with the Long Beard choke tubes and of course I use the Winchester Long Beard ammo.

I put a scope on the 12 and the patterns are so tight that you can miss close up. It is a true 60 yard gun. I hunt in the woods, not farms, and sometimes they hang up so it’s nice to know you can take one out there a bit.

I have not pattered the 20 enough to have full confidence yet but I’m going to work on it in the spring.


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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 5:52 pm 
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df wrote:
A good load of #5 or #6 in a 2.75” shell has killed thousands of turkeys.


This no matter what gun you choose!

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 6:26 pm 
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Wonder what he chose? Another one of those hit it once and then gone after folks give him their opinions and often the benefit of their experiences.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 6:00 pm 
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Probably want to avoid Steven's 555 compact.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 4:17 pm 
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noweil wrote:
Probably want to avoid Steven's 555 compact.


It is a cruel trick for dear friends. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 5:16 pm 
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I could have done without any gun at all in Missouri this year. It's like the turkeys took all took a class and suddenly learned all my tricks.


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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 8:00 pm 
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I’m finishing up my 5th year with my Benelli M2 20ga. Shooting my handloaded tss turkey loads it’s been all I could want in a turkey gun. Light weight, with the Indian ck.555 turkey choke it is deadly! I use a Burris FF3 as my sight. One to avoid? NEA 10ga!! Mine was brutal!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 8:51 am 
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Why is it that back in my youth all I needed to kill turkeys was 1 1/4 oz of #5 or #6 lead shot? Never seemed to be a problem. Those were 2 3/4" shells, at the time I didn't own a gun chambered for 3" shells. Now we need 3.5" with some special extra heavy shot? Have the turkeys grown some kind of armor that I'm not familiar with?


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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 11:13 am 
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Halwg wrote:
Why is it that back in my youth all I needed to kill turkeys was 1 1/4 oz of #5 or #6 lead shot? Never seemed to be a problem. Those were 2 3/4" shells, at the time I didn't own a gun chambered for 3" shells. Now we need 3.5" with some special extra heavy shot? Have the turkeys grown some kind of armor that I'm not familiar with?



:D Inside of 40 yards there certainly are 2 3/4 " lead loads that will kill a turkey. There is no "need " to use a 3.5" load to shoot turkeys IMO at ethical ranges. I shoot a 3" Hevi-13 #6 shot which is an amalgam of iron, nickel and tungsten. I like a 3" shell because it throws 2 oz. of shot. A 3.5" out of an 870 offers far more punishment, even though it`s about as low a volume shooting as one can get, than I care to experience.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 2:15 pm 
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Halwg wrote:
Why is it that back in my youth all I needed to kill turkeys was 1 1/4 oz of #5 or #6 lead shot?


We have electricity now? :shock:

Some areas have banned the use of lead, and that changes things. It drives people crazy that you can now cleanly take turkeys at 60 yards and some people just like being driven crazy.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 8:20 pm 
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Randy,

The only place I can remember being able to get a 60 yard shot at a turkey here in Pa, is looking out of my Uncle Jacks cabin windows at the Oak and Pine. The forest is about 70 yards from the cabin and the Turkey eat in the open field, up against the mountain forest. I would still use my .257 Roberts at that range, never a shotgun. Having hunted a lot of Turkey I have never seen one killed at 60 yards, with any kind of shotgun. In fact most times at 60 yards in the Pa forest you can not see a wild Turkey, let along kill it with a shotgun. The foliage is usually to thick.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 7:41 am 
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Pine Creek/Dave wrote:
Randy,

The only place I can remember being able to get a 60 yard shot at a turkey here in Pa,


There are turkey hunters in far more areas than Pennsylvania. If you have a clover field, you'll have (potentially) 100 yard+ shots.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 7:51 am 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
Pine Creek/Dave wrote:
Randy,

The only place I can remember being able to get a 60 yard shot at a turkey here in Pa,


There are turkey hunters in far more areas than Pennsylvania. If you have a clover field, you'll have (potentially) 100 yard+ shots.



I suppose there are some folks who shoot ( not really hunt, JMO ) turkeys with rifles.

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 8:54 am 
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Tidefanatic wrote:


I suppose there are some folks who shoot ( not really hunt, JMO ) turkeys with rifles.


That's how I feel about people who hunt birds with pointing dogs.


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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 10:24 am 
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S.davis wrote:
Tidefanatic wrote:


I suppose there are some folks who shoot ( not really hunt, JMO ) turkeys with rifles.


That's how I feel about people who hunt birds with pointing dogs.



Really? Never heard that one before!

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 Post subject: Re: new turkey gun, which ones to avoid?
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 10:35 am 
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How about hunting turkeys with a dog? :shock: Great Fall tradition from what I read and the best of both worlds.

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