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#5742349 - 05/13/15 01:54 PM Turkey Gun
cah2873 Offline
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Registered: 04/01/15
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Loc: Jacksonville, TX
What is the best 12 Gauge auto for teenage boys to hunt turkeys without spending a ton of money? We borrowed a 12 gauge browning 3-1/2" chamber this year but would like to get our own gun.

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#5742550 - 05/13/15 04:05 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
JMalin Offline
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Probably a mossberg chambered in 3.5 inch. I don't see the need in spending a fortune on a fancier shotgun to hunt turkey. I use a hand me down remington 870. The birds don't care if it isn't as sexy as some other offerings.


Edited by JMalin (05/13/15 04:07 PM)

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#5742555 - 05/13/15 04:10 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
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I shoot the Mossberg 935 synthetic 3 1/2" semi for turkey and I am very seriously considering shooting my Charles Daly 20 ga. 3" semi. The weight is a lot less, the recoil is greatly reduced and the ammo is cheaper. I have begun to experiment with different chokes and loads to pattern for turkey. The range with the 20 is not much less than the 12, if any. Just my 2 cents for what it is worth.
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#5742747 - 05/13/15 05:48 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
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For a kid, I would skip the 3 1/2 inch. I personally shoot 3 inch. If you call them in close, that is all you need. Any of the B guns has a base model (I shoot a Beretta 3901) for a less than 800 in 3 inch. Turkey to me is not as critical as waterfowl, so you can get a wood stock (may get scratched and put camo tape on it.
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#5742815 - 05/13/15 06:14 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
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Agreed, I personally have a remington 870 super mag and I shoot 3.5" shells through it and if your teenager can handle it then by all means go big. You should be just fine with a remington 870 express and 3" winchester #5's. Once I see one get up and run off after being smacked with that thing then I will explore other options. In 26 years I haven't seen it yet.
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#5743093 - 05/13/15 08:33 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
LittleD Offline
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Any of the mentioned shotguns will work fine but I would get the 3.5 in chambered gun and shoot the 3 in shells in it until the boys are able to handle more recoil, like most teenage boys once they find out it can shoot a bigger shell there going to want to shoot it.
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#5744990 - 05/15/15 09:07 AM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
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You can kill a cow with 20 ga bird shot at 15 yards, I would imagine anything you choose that can get the pattern on a bird's head will do the job.
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#5751036 - 05/19/15 04:10 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
Whitecrow Offline
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Registered: 11/05/09
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Wal speaks the truth. The largest turkey I've ever been involved with shooting was shot by my son when he was 6 with a single shot .410. He shot one or two toms a year from the age of 7 to 15 years old with a Mossberg 500 youth 20 ga.

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#5752330 - 05/20/15 01:06 PM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
Pittstate Offline
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You can get a savage (Stevens) 320 pump for about $250. It handles up to 3" shells. Nothing is going to kill them any deader than this gun. Might not look as cool doing it, but that is for another discussion.

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#5753464 - 05/21/15 08:02 AM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
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What is your budget?


You really don't need 3.5" shells unless you just want to shoot that size. They are not worth the pain in my opinion. A good choke/shell combination and knowing pattern it shoots is more important.
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#5753596 - 05/21/15 09:21 AM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
cah2873 Offline
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Loc: Jacksonville, TX
$500.00??? I am not necessarily set on a 3.5".

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#5756479 - 05/23/15 11:25 AM Re: Turkey Gun [Re: cah2873]
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Originally Posted By: cah2873
$500.00??? I am not necessarily set on a 3.5".



These would be nice and in your price range.

http://www.mossberg.com/product/500-turkey-55217/

http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=021C&mid=512307
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