Gearing Up: Gobble, Gobble, Bang, Bang
Autoloading performance in $500 packages.
**(1) Mossberg 935 **
Turkey What this country needs is a dead-on, inexpensive autoloader. And here it is. My waterfowl version of the 935 passed some tough reliability tests in the field last fall. Now, the short-barreled, open-sighted turkey model is ready for the woods. Chambered for 3- and 31/2-inch shells, the 935 has a 24-inch, TruGlo-sighted barrel and Mossberg’s own turkey tube in the muzzle. The gun comes with a sling and a shim kit that lets you perfect the fit-a nice feature. In Realtree HD Green and Mossy Oak’s new Obsession and New Break-Up._ $480; 203-230-5300; www.mossberg.com_
(2) Charles Daly Maxi-Mag Turkey Package
This 31/2-inch gun-another tight-shooting but affordable semiauto-now comes in an improved turkey package. This includes HiViz’s innovative TriViz sight, a kind of fiber-optic version of the post-style reticle used on some deep-woods scopes. A ported XX-Full choke tube tips the 24-inch barrel. Swivels and a padded Uncle Mike’s sling round out the deal. In Realtree Hardwoods HD or Advantage Timber. $480; 717-540-8518; www.charlesdaly.com
(3) Hunter’s Specialties Undertaker H.S.
Running Hevi-Shot through supertight tubes designed for lead makes it fly like mud. The new Undertaker H.S. choke, designed specifically for Hevi-Shot, has a slightly more open constriction (by about .010 inch) to give these loads the extra breathing room they need. For RemChoke, Invector, Invector Plus, Beretta/Benelli, and Mossberg 835/935 barrels._ $30; 800-728-0321; www.hunterspec.com _