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Just curious anybody else plan to use a 20 ga. for spring gobbler? I am going to hunt with my Benelli Nova more next spring than I have in the past.I have carried it quite a bit but just never had it with me when I bagged a gobbler. I guess I should carry it all the time.
 

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Put one together last year to give it a shot. I got a used mossberg 500 bantam. I bought a Nikon turkey scope in matching camo. Then I researched chokes and bought a Indian creek on many recommendations. Tried a couple different loads and went with the fed hw 7 shot. The gun is a turkey killer. We killed 3 birds with it this past spring. My cousin daughter got her first turkey with it. That alone was worth getting it!
 

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Wow with all the specialties I feel undergunned when I say my single shot. I am not a serious spring gobbler hunter and take it since it is light. I do load hevi-shot 3" shells in it.
 

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Fullfan said:
Ole' Raspy said:
Yes, sir.....My 20ga. Nova will go as I go.....
And I am here to tell you that is one sweet lill rig.

Both of my girls killed longbeards with a 500 bantam 20 ga last year. It will pattern the federal heviweight's better than my 12ga's
Same with my oldest daughter and son. 500 bantam youth 20ga. They used the 2 3/4" 7 shot Fed. heavyweights and both killed longbeards with them. Shoots very well.
 

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My boy has been using a tricked out NEF Pardner NWTF Youth 20 ga since he was 11. He shoots 3" Winchester Supreme #5 shot through a XX-Full Comp-N-Choke tube.

That little gun downright TROMPS gobblers !!!

Makes me wonder why I carry an 8 1/2 lb. 12 ga semi...............

 

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Strut10 said:
My boy has been using a tricked out NEF Pardner NWTF Youth 20 ga since he was 11. He shoots 3" Winchester Supreme #5 shot through a XX-Full Comp-N-Choke tube.

That little gun downright TROMPS gobblers !!!

Makes me wonder why I carry an 8 1/2 lb. 12 ga semi...............

That's a fine bird there. BTW I use the same loads through a Primos "Tightwad" choke in my Benelli Nova.
 

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I really like how lightweight the 20 ga. Nova is compared to my Benelli Super Black Eagle which IMO is still fairly light when compared to other 3.5" 12 ga. semi's. I also REALLY like the lightweight Nova when comparing the weight with my Browning BPS Stalker 24" 10 Ga. That thing is an artillery piece!
I must be getting old. When I was younger I could care less about the weight of my firearm. I still use those two shotguns but if I know I'm going to do much "running and gunning" I carry the 20.
 
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