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Proper turky choke? ammo? #5617552 02/24/15 05:33 PM
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I have my first turkey hunt next month in Clay County, and I would like to setup my 12 gauge Mossberg 930 (upland bird model) for the turkey hunt.

According to the Ranch guide the shots will be 25-30 yards.

So my question is can I use the factory Mossberg full choke or do I need some special turkey choke?

Also, I'm trying to narrow down the correct ammo based on the ranch's ammo recomendation:
at leat 3" shell, #5, and 1300 fps or better (no steel).


Was looking at the following ammo:

Any thoughts on the ammo?

Re: Proper turky choke? ammo? [Re: texasbowhunter321] #5617957 02/24/15 09:17 PM
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Indian Creek .660 choke

Winchester Longbeard turkey loads

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Re: Proper turky choke? ammo? [Re: texasbowhunter321] #5618042 02/24/15 09:48 PM
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You don't need a fancy "turkey choke" to kill turkeys. On the contrary, an extremely tight choke increases the chance you will miss if you don't know your shotguns point of impact at given ranges with given loads.

I've shot many toms and gobblers with an IC choked A5 light twelve using #6 lead shot 2 3/4 shells.


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Re: Proper turky choke? ammo? [Re: aerangis] #5618057 02/24/15 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
You don't need a fancy "turkey choke" to kill turkeys. On the contrary, an extremely tight choke increases the chance you will miss if you don't know your shotguns point of impact at given ranges with given loads.


This is pretty good advice. If this is your first turkey, I would shoot your factory mod choke. A turkey choke leaves less room for error at close range, and a mod choke should suit you fine.

As for the ammo. Just shoot any 3" #5. Turkey loads are the least important ammo decision IMO. Any turkey loads you can find will work fine.

Re: Proper turky choke? ammo? [Re: texasbowhunter321] #5618604 02/25/15 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted By: texasbowhunter321
I have my first turkey hunt next month in Clay County, and I would like to setup my 12 gauge Mossberg 930 (upland bird model) for the turkey hunt.

According to the Ranch guide the shots will be 25-30 yards.

So my question is can I use the factory Mossberg full choke or do I need some special turkey choke?

Also, I'm trying to narrow down the correct ammo based on the ranch's ammo recomendation:
at leat 3" shell, #5, and 1300 fps or better (no steel).Yes you can use your Factory moss full choke and get you a couple different type of your suggested shells and pattern your gun at 30 yds and find out what it likes. You will find that the Turkey will be just as dead as you had shot him with a special turkey choke.
Was looking at the following ammo:

Any thoughts on the ammo?


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Yes you can use your Factory moss full choke and get you a couple different type of your suggested shells and pattern your gun at 30 yds and find out what it likes. You will find that the Turkey will be just as dead as you had shot him with a special turkey choke.


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Pattern your gun at those ranges to know where its hitting, and which of those two loads groups better. Try both your full and mod chokes that came with your 930.

Re: Proper turky choke? ammo? [Re: texasbowhunter321] #5618875 02/25/15 02:58 AM
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After looking at the prices for some of the aftermarket turkey chokes, I will definetly take your advice and pattern the factory MOD and FULL chokes first with some #5 shot. I will use the saved money to buy more ammo smile

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Don't over think it. My son has killed a pile of turkeys with a Mossberg youth 20 ga with factory mod choke and 2-3/4 6's. Pattern your gun with 5's or 6's, pick the one that has the most uniform pattern and you're good out to 30 easily.

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Agree, patterning is most important


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