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The 25 Best Turkey Guns Ever Made

The 25 Best Turkey Guns Ever Made

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from 007 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I have my dad's old model 97. He called it the most dangerous gun he had because of it's stubby hammer.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Addendum - the Savage 24F12T, .223/12 combo, is perfect for WV where rifles are legal.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

ithaca mag ten, thats my gun right there!

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from OutdoorsDave wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Those a all really nice guns. I have a Rem 870, works nicely.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

no mossberg 500?

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from 65swede wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Mossberg 835 ultimag, taken several turkeys with it. Most recently 23 1/2 lb tom 10" beard 1" spurs last mon. Missouri open.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Well Marilyn would have shook up the pilgroms.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

16 GA 870 Wingmaster.

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from Lord Darth Vader wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I have 3 guns on this list. 1100, 1187 and the Beretta Xtrema 2. They'll be adding the Benelli Vinci to this list real soon. I have a regular Vinci that shoots 3 inch shells and 23/4, but its a marvelous turkey gun. I use Heavy Shot #5s and I've lowered the boom on 4 turkeys this year so far. All were dead before they hitting the ground. My fatherest shot was 70 yards!!!! Gun is with a 28 inch barrel synthetic black. Next season I'm going to buy a super Vinci 26" barrel in realtree AP.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

i like the gun in pic #3. would be cool to have.

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from jasonroberts wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I got my firtst turkey w/ my Dad's old double .12 gauge. Good Stuff!

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from spit-n-drum wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Great list...Although the 835 was the one listed here the Mossberg 935 is my choice. And when the hunting gets tough I break down and carry my Savage 24F with the .22 hornet "just in case" barrel. Liked seeing these guns make the list.

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from shazam wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Not to quibble, and I am not 100% sure on Remingtons naming scheme, but for #10, doesn't "Shurshot" indicate a pistol grip type stock? If so, picture does not match caption.

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Shazam -- You're right. My fault for not catching that. I have an 870 with a ShurShot stock and like it very much.
Mike Plotner -- The Mossberg 500 gets a shout out in the 835 caption. It probably did deserve its own picture.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I hunted for years with the "Old Humpback" Browning A-5. Several years ago I bought the Browning Gold NWTF that I now use for turkey. I love the A-5 but the Gold is much easier to handle in the turkey woods.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I hunted for years with the "Old Humpback" Browning A-5. Several years ago I bought the Browning Gold NWTF that I now use for turkey. I love the A-5 but the Gold is much easier to handle in the turkey woods.

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from Andrew88 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I love my 870, it was a great purchase. I imagine that I will have it until i'm an old man.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I can't imagine a better turkey gun than my Super X2, I traded in a NOVA for it, really disliked the Nova, LOVE the X2. NWTF edition, all camoed out, plants turkeys. I got an 870, and 1100 from my Dad that I'm itching to use someday. The Mossberg 500 in 20ga. youth is a sweet little gun to carry, and its hell on turkeys.

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from totaloutdoorsman94 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I just used my nova to bag a bird with an 11in beard, 1 1/4 in spurs, and 21.6 lbs. Rolled him over with one shot, I'm pretty satisfied with it. haha

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from chuckd2008 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

took my first turkey this year with a handed down winchester model 12 16 gauge. The full choke barrel and 3 1/8 inch 30 year old magnum shells i had did the trick out to 31 yards where I took the beautiful 23 pound tom with a nearly 10 inch beard and an inch and some change spurs. Will b using it next year too.

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

No shout out for the mossberg 535? Poor man's 835?

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from mexhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Nice guns i'll think about buying one of the new ones

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

My turkey guns started with a Remington Mdl 11 in 12 ga. Next was a Belgian Browning Auto 5 3" magnum then a Browning BPS 10 ga magnum. The last and my favorite is the Benelli SBE 3.5" 12 guage. The SBE is the best turkey gun I have ever used. Most of my 67 birds were taken with it.

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from Dale Stallabrass wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I was into turkey hunting and bowhunting, my dad was a gun nut.He passed away in 2001, but dam he had a way of teachin me his knowledge and inever payed much attention then, but i was a shootin all these guns he had and reloadin for all those calibers and LEARNIN all the time.I learned this after spendin way to much money of my own way back when,first you don't need a flashy gun just a comfortable shooter. Second learn tto use a simple micrometer for those "turkey" chokes some of them are just wordson metal. Third spent time patterning a choosen gun will save you alot of money in beer and aspirin tryin to answer that question "howd i miss". After spending 1500+on had to have it for "my" turkey gun, this is what i hunted with,his Belgem Browning A-5 mag with some purple paper case shells (he had forever) #5 shot 2 3/4 magnums that would hold a tight pattern past 50 yards. Here is the best part; my 1500 dollar crap was sold to a friend of his gun shop for 2300.Go figure.

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from Jamie Bullins wrote 6 weeks 1 day ago

I like the stoeger p-350 12 guauge it will nock them down at 50yards

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from 007 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Addendum - the Savage 24F12T, .223/12 combo, is perfect for WV where rifles are legal.

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from OutdoorsDave wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Those a all really nice guns. I have a Rem 870, works nicely.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

no mossberg 500?

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from 65swede wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Mossberg 835 ultimag, taken several turkeys with it. Most recently 23 1/2 lb tom 10" beard 1" spurs last mon. Missouri open.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Well Marilyn would have shook up the pilgroms.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I have my dad's old model 97. He called it the most dangerous gun he had because of it's stubby hammer.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

ithaca mag ten, thats my gun right there!

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

16 GA 870 Wingmaster.

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from Lord Darth Vader wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I have 3 guns on this list. 1100, 1187 and the Beretta Xtrema 2. They'll be adding the Benelli Vinci to this list real soon. I have a regular Vinci that shoots 3 inch shells and 23/4, but its a marvelous turkey gun. I use Heavy Shot #5s and I've lowered the boom on 4 turkeys this year so far. All were dead before they hitting the ground. My fatherest shot was 70 yards!!!! Gun is with a 28 inch barrel synthetic black. Next season I'm going to buy a super Vinci 26" barrel in realtree AP.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

i like the gun in pic #3. would be cool to have.

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from jasonroberts wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I got my firtst turkey w/ my Dad's old double .12 gauge. Good Stuff!

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from spit-n-drum wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Great list...Although the 835 was the one listed here the Mossberg 935 is my choice. And when the hunting gets tough I break down and carry my Savage 24F with the .22 hornet "just in case" barrel. Liked seeing these guns make the list.

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from shazam wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Not to quibble, and I am not 100% sure on Remingtons naming scheme, but for #10, doesn't "Shurshot" indicate a pistol grip type stock? If so, picture does not match caption.

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Shazam -- You're right. My fault for not catching that. I have an 870 with a ShurShot stock and like it very much.
Mike Plotner -- The Mossberg 500 gets a shout out in the 835 caption. It probably did deserve its own picture.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I hunted for years with the "Old Humpback" Browning A-5. Several years ago I bought the Browning Gold NWTF that I now use for turkey. I love the A-5 but the Gold is much easier to handle in the turkey woods.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I hunted for years with the "Old Humpback" Browning A-5. Several years ago I bought the Browning Gold NWTF that I now use for turkey. I love the A-5 but the Gold is much easier to handle in the turkey woods.

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from Andrew88 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I love my 870, it was a great purchase. I imagine that I will have it until i'm an old man.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I can't imagine a better turkey gun than my Super X2, I traded in a NOVA for it, really disliked the Nova, LOVE the X2. NWTF edition, all camoed out, plants turkeys. I got an 870, and 1100 from my Dad that I'm itching to use someday. The Mossberg 500 in 20ga. youth is a sweet little gun to carry, and its hell on turkeys.

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from totaloutdoorsman94 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I just used my nova to bag a bird with an 11in beard, 1 1/4 in spurs, and 21.6 lbs. Rolled him over with one shot, I'm pretty satisfied with it. haha

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from chuckd2008 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

took my first turkey this year with a handed down winchester model 12 16 gauge. The full choke barrel and 3 1/8 inch 30 year old magnum shells i had did the trick out to 31 yards where I took the beautiful 23 pound tom with a nearly 10 inch beard and an inch and some change spurs. Will b using it next year too.

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

No shout out for the mossberg 535? Poor man's 835?

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from mexhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Nice guns i'll think about buying one of the new ones

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

My turkey guns started with a Remington Mdl 11 in 12 ga. Next was a Belgian Browning Auto 5 3" magnum then a Browning BPS 10 ga magnum. The last and my favorite is the Benelli SBE 3.5" 12 guage. The SBE is the best turkey gun I have ever used. Most of my 67 birds were taken with it.

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from Dale Stallabrass wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I was into turkey hunting and bowhunting, my dad was a gun nut.He passed away in 2001, but dam he had a way of teachin me his knowledge and inever payed much attention then, but i was a shootin all these guns he had and reloadin for all those calibers and LEARNIN all the time.I learned this after spendin way to much money of my own way back when,first you don't need a flashy gun just a comfortable shooter. Second learn tto use a simple micrometer for those "turkey" chokes some of them are just wordson metal. Third spent time patterning a choosen gun will save you alot of money in beer and aspirin tryin to answer that question "howd i miss". After spending 1500+on had to have it for "my" turkey gun, this is what i hunted with,his Belgem Browning A-5 mag with some purple paper case shells (he had forever) #5 shot 2 3/4 magnums that would hold a tight pattern past 50 yards. Here is the best part; my 1500 dollar crap was sold to a friend of his gun shop for 2300.Go figure.

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from Jamie Bullins wrote 6 weeks 1 day ago

I like the stoeger p-350 12 guauge it will nock them down at 50yards

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Additional Info

People have been shooting turkeys with guns since the first Europeans arrived on this continent and found the birds to be plentiful, tasty and not particularly (at first anyway) wary. Turkeys were an important source of food and sport until overhunting and forest clearing in the 19th and early 20th century wiped them out of all but the most remote woods. Restoration efforts in the latter half of the century brought them back in the numbers we have today.

Nevertheless there was a gap of about 50-75 years of the 20th century during which turkey hunting and turkey guns were unknown to the majority of American hunters. That may explain why there is no one accepted “classic” turkey gun, or even a short list. To help redress that oversight, here are 25 great turkey guns from colonial times to the sporting guns of the present day.

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