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Question by David Serth. Uploaded on July 13, 2009
i love single shots. i think a person is more prone to be alot more focused and make a sure shot if they only get one chance.
Without a doubt, the most popular shotgun is the 12 gauge. It is the most versatile, with many different shell offerings!!!!!!!All the way from hunting to self defense to target loads. They are seen in the hunting field, the target field, movies, homes and pawn shop windows. The next time you are watching a movie and a shotgun comes on screen, you can almost always be certain it is a 12 gauge............
Don't do that. Call me an ignoramous if you will but a shotgun is made to be pointed. I reiterate, a shotgun is not meant to be used as a rifle. A twelve is much more versatile and you just cannot go wrong. I like a good pump because of its ruggedness. Get the old standby, an 870.
I'm a 835 fan myself. Nothing wrong with a single shot either. Had a semi miss fire on me once and never looked back.
I use a "turkey scope" on mine during season, and when I use in "shot-gun only" areas.
Sorry, forgot to add 12ga's are set up noe to shoot like a 10 without the "kick". So 12ga.
I like a single shot for light carry and short handiness, but that's a little counter-intuitive for heavy turkey loads. Call me crazy, but you only have to make one good shot, and I've never noticed the recoil in the heat of the moment. I just notice later when I see or feel the bruise.
I've had my eye on the Mossberg "tactical turkey" models though. They're the only ones with a nice short 20 inch barrel. I love the Remington, but they have a longer barrel than I'd like.
12ga for sure, more versatile, rounds are cheaper and easier to find. Depends on your budget, but I'd go with a semi.
12ga pump is the answer!
I wuold get a 12gage pump.
I would go with a 12 gauge. It doesn't really matter if you go pump or semi-auto, but I would choose pump-action. Mossbergs would be my first choice and I would go with an 835 Ulti-Mag "Tactical Turkey" model. I chose this because it is supposed to be very accurate with it's over-boared barrel. I also like the loop around the pump and the collapsible stock with ammo holders.
I really like my Mossberg 835 ultra-mag. I have a good holo sight on it and wouldn't go back to open sights unless forced. A shotgun doesn't always pattern well where the open sights point and it is a big advantage to be able to adjust the sights. I have an 11-87 that will shoot a gobbler in the feet if you aim at his head using the factory sights and the only way for me to salvage it was with a red dot sight.
In the last 25 years or so several turkey guns and I have crossed paths. There was the Browning auto-5 3 inc magnum in full choke, a mossberg pump, a Remington Mdl 11 2 3/4" full choke, a Browning Stalker 10 ga pump and last a Benelli SBE. My friend Billy has a single shot 10 that he fancied up just for turkeys yet the last couple years he has been shooting his old 1100 Remington. The thing about a Semi-auto is it gives you a fast second shot without having to move. Many times I've seen turkeys not run at the shot but if you move as in working a pump they won't miss that. Here in KS we can shoot 2 birds in the same day so a fast 2nd shot can be a factor. Anyway my Benelli shoots even farther than the 10 guage and does not kick nearly as bad. Heck, recoil from the SBE is like a maiden's kiss compared to that 10 guage pump. That thing was BRUTAL with 2 1/4 oz turkey loads.
.12 Guage Auto-matic Magnum,learn to roll with the punches.
I use a 12ga pump with 3 1/2 inch magnums. It's not fun sighting it in, but when you have a turkey in your red dot, you don't feel a thing.
12 guage pump then again ive never gone turkey hunting
I would go with a 12 because you don't need a 10 for a turkey or for that matter a deer
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