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Posted: 30 April 2012 08:06 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am going to get a shotgun for turkey hunting and was hoping for suggestions.  I have bowhunted them for the last 10 years and gave my old Winchester Model 12 away.  I have recently been taking my 8 and 10 year old boys out with me and they are just too loud to bowhunt with.  A gun that can shoot 50 yards or so would be preferrable since any bird that can hear will not come any closer than that.  Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Posted: 30 April 2012 08:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Id go with a .17cal with a 3*9 scope, Can head shoot them allday at 100yards:)On a serious note…Go get ya a remington 870, A decent turkey choke, and a box of 3inch shells and your slay them….Good luck buddy!!!!

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Posted: 30 April 2012 09:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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You want to go for the 50yds shots would suggest a 10 ga or modify your range a little.

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Posted: 30 April 2012 10:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I picked up a used Benelli SuperNova 2 years ago: 26 inch barrel, takes 3 1/2 inch shells.  I get a good pattern at 35 yards and could probably push it to 40 or so.  If you play around with chokes and shot combinations, you might be able to stretch that out a bit.  If you are trying for range, I’d definetly stay away from the modern trend toward short turkey guns.  I like my Benelli.  It’s durable and patterns well.  The big difference between the Nova and SuperNova is the recoil reducing stock (as I understand it).  I think they shoot the same.  Since you don’t shoot at turkeys (once or twice a season) the way you shoot at water fowl, you could save some money and go with the Nova.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 09:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The killinest turkey gun I’ve ever seen is the Mossberg model 835-3 1/2” pump-turkey choaked-Slaughters Turkeys out to 50 yards- DEAD DEAD DEAD- And the Ported barrel is a MUST- No kick! not even for the kids- my wife has dumped them before with it-and the Mossberg is reasonably priced for all-I’ve patterned it and seen it kill turkeys out to 60 yards sitting with friends- but I wouldn’t suggest past 50-

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Posted: 01 May 2012 12:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have a remington express 870 that I bought from a buddy of mine when his father passed away.  It is a fantastic gun that is deadly accurate and can be found anywhere and repaired by everyone.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 05:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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It is hard to find a 10 ga load that goes beyond 2 oz of shot these days….which is the same as most of the 3 1/2” 12’s. (in the old days you could find 2 1/4 oz loads for both the 10 and the 12 quite easily…not anymore) I have seen a few loads of #4’s in the 2 1/4 oz range but 4’s are bigger so I don’t think you are gaining anything with a 10. Any 12 ga 3 1/2 inch chambered gun would work the best….but what you want to pay attention to is the loads you are shooting and the choke tube. The new Cabela’s turkey choke designed for the “Hevi 13” loads is getting rave reviews. I have a friend who bought the tube…which is reasonably priced compared to other high end tubes at around $65.00. The “Hevi 13” ammo is pretty pricey too. But the results are quite impressive. I have seen deadly patterns repeated at 75 yards. However they are sold out of these tubes for the year.
I have an old H&R 10 ga goose gun that I camo’d and put Williams guide sights and a sling on for my turkey gun. It is good for consistent kills out to 50 yards…but is too heavy for me now. I bought a Winchester Super X3 for waterfowl hunting and thought I would use it for turkey hunting too. Tried to find the Cabela’s tube but as I said they were sold out. I went to Scheel’s and they recommended a “Patternmaster Extended Range” black tube. I bought it. After looking it over I realized this tube was not a turkey tube..but was meant for some of the larger steel and lead loads like OO buck. I called Patternmaster and they confirmed my concerns. I ordered a “Patternmaster” Turkey choke. It is bronze in color due to the Titanium plating. It is also ported, and cost me around $95.00. I also bought a five pack of the new “Heavier than lead” Hevi 13 type ammo….3 1/2 inch, 2 1/4 oz triplex loads of #5, 6 and 7’s. Took it out and shot it once at 50 yards….and knew that the claims on the box of ammo of a 75 yard range were NOT exaggerated. I went out the next morning and called in a Jake…..thought he was a Tom because he was big (18 pounds), with a hen, and all I could see was his head and neck in the tall marsh grass in the river bottoms. At 51 yards it knocked him flat…absolutely hammered him. I am sold on this tube and the ammo.
My recommendation would be to buy a decent 3 1/2 inch 12 ga, go to the Hevi 13 type ammo, and spend the 65 to 95 bucks on a darn good tube. You will be amazed and if you can hold the gun, will kill turkeys easily out to 50+ yards….

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Posted: 01 May 2012 07:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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The heavy shot blended with 5,6,7 shot is real deadly at far reaching distances.  It is 2 1/4 oz in the 3 1/2 inch load.  From most of the review i read it doesnt get much better.  Illinois game and fish had a nice article comparing the loads last month.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 07:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks alot for the help.  I’m heading out thursday to get a gun.  Now if I can just keep my damn kids quiet!

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Posted: 01 May 2012 08:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Hopefuly you noted from above it doesn’t matter for Turkey.  Just get a turkey choke tube and pattern your gun with as many shells as it takes to find one that throws out a good pattern.  After that…get em inside 40.

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Posted: 04 May 2012 09:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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You cannot go wrong with a good old 870.  I like winchester supreme 3 1/2 #5 shot.  good luck.

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