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Best Turkey Shotgun

I am looking to buy a camo shotgun to start hunting turkeys. LAst year was my first year and i really enjoyed it. I am looking to spend 600 or less. No more than 600. what do you recommend?
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Go buy the shotgun you want that fits you. A couple cans of spray paint will camo anything. I've shot turkeys with everything from a cheap $50 to $1000 gun and they both killed turkeys. I would look at at a Mossberg(500) or Remington (870) for less than $300 and a couple cans of spray paint and you would be good to go. The only requirement would be that it would be a 12 gauge 3 inch chamber. It would give you the ability to use either 2 3/4 or 3 inch shells.
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If you spend some time on the old gobbler forum, you will start to see the best pattern numbers are coming from the Mossy 835.

The 835 has a bunch of things going for it,its not too expensive, you can usually find used ones real cheap, it will eat any size shells, and its overbored which is giving it its great patterns.

You can get a whole setup, choke, some kind of optic if you want, etc... for less than some people spend for bare shotguns, and the 835 more than likely will beat it out pattern wise with the right choke and load.

By the way, this is just what I see from numerous pattern pictures and other hunter's testimonies... I don't personally have an 835, but if I were to start from scratch for a turkey/predator combo it would be an 835.

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If you spend some time on the old gobbler forum, you will start to see the best pattern numbers are coming from the Mossy 835.

The 835 has a bunch of things going for it,its not too expensive, you can usually find used ones real cheap, it will eat any size shells, and its overbored which is giving it its great patterns.

You can get a whole setup, choke, some kind of optic if you want, etc... for less than some people spend for bare shotguns, and the 835 more than likely will beat it out pattern wise with the right choke and load.

By the way, this is just what I see from numerous pattern pictures and other hunter's testimonies... I don't personally have an 835, but if I were to start from scratch for a turkey/predator combo it would be an 835.

I've read and took notice to the same comments on Old Gobbler...

The only problem, I have/had with an 835 is, it knocks your fillings loose everytime, ya shoot it...

I bought a Benelli Nova 20 ga. and never looked back....12 ga. for turkey for me is history...
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Mossberg 835

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Remington 870, just outta personal preference and a hard head!

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[s][/s]Both the remington and the mossberg are great reliable pump guns. For turkey you sometimes see the guys on tv toting a $1300 semi but the lighest semi is still heavier than most pumps and you'll appreciate that fact in Pa if you're a run and gun guy esp . I've owned both guns . Shooting an 870 now but i would shoot a Mossy again in a moment and without regret . Both great . I do like the trend toward thumb hole and pistol grip stocks . I see a niche for that in turkey hunting and i can see myself buying an aftermarket one and giving the 870 a facelift. There are alot of choices out there but the features you want to see are matte or camo finish, threaded for choke tubes (thats a whole nother topic lol), sling , adjustable fiber optic sights or drilled and tapped for scope or red dots, lightweight, ported for recoil reduction, and back bored (oversized) barrel if you can as it really does boost pattern density . Those are the features that count in a turkey gun . Turkey hunting should be a one shot game but a pump offers a quick follow up if you need it . A semi is great for duck blinds but imo, the extra cost and weight aren't needed for a turkey gun . A pump will deliver a follow up as quickly as you can get back on target if you need it . I've needed it twice in 24 years chasing turkey s but glad I had it when I needed it .
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My winchester 1300 took several brands of shells to get a good pattern. My brother had a mossberg 500 and it patterned better no matter what brand of shell. I ended up getting a new mossberg 835 in woodland camo back when Trops had the tent sales for $199. It has performed well and only added a $20 sling to it.
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What ever mfg. chosen...and there are many good turkey guns, sight and choke combos. However selecting a gun that fits the shooter is one of the most important factors to consider.

To correct on an exiting gun spacers can be added, thicker recoil pads or slip on pads. For shorter length of pull the stock can be cut down or a thinner recoil pad or plastic plate can be installed.

The improper length of pull can hamper the line of sight causing needless misses.

Often shots are taken from a setting positing which can shorten the length of pull.

Another consideration is recoil...You can bet there are a lot of guys and gals out there shooting more recoil than they are comfortable with and needlessly impacting their accuracy.

Some say I don't even notice the shot when I am hunting and that maybe true, but flinching from recoil is done unconsciously and not noticed, but can effect good shooting skill.

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