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Old 03-01-2011, 03:53 AM
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Default What is your favorite turkey hunting shotgun?

I am going to be buying a new shotgun strickly for turkey hunting on my R&R, and I have a few picked out. But I wanted to see what other turkey hunters prefer. Thanks for your input. Oh the shotguns i have picked out so far is the Benelli Nova, Remington 870, Mossberg 835, Remington 887.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:59 AM
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I have 5 870's
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:04 AM
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The Remington 870 has been tried and true for many years and you can not go wrong. I perfer a auto for turkey hunting and I use a Benelli Super Black Eagle. What ever you choose be sure it will shot 3 1/2" shells for that extra range you need at times. Jim
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:13 AM
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I have turkey hunted with the following: Mossberg 88, 500, 835, 535, Winchester SX2, and Remington 870 SuperMag.

My favorite is the thumbhole 535 that I use now. It has a 20" barrel and I've had the trigger worked over and added an Indian Creek Black Diamond choke. It throws awesome patterns with Hevi-13's at 50 yards.

I'll explain my preference. The SX2 was a great gun, but it was a waterfowl model with a longer barrel that was just a hindrance in the woods. The Remington was an excellent shotgun, set up for turkey hunting. It seemed just too heavy for me. I walk a lot and enjoy a light shotgun. The 835 is the same way. It shot great, just more than I wanted to carry. The 500 and 88 are plenty good enough to kill ANYTHING with, but I just wanted something more. I picked up the 535 because I liked the lightweight frame and the thumbhole. I will tell you that the big rounds will rock you, but with the right choke you don't need them. I shoot 3" shells.

If you want to shoot 3 1/2" and don't like to get beat up, buy a 835.
If you want to shoot 3 1/2" and can take a punch and want a lightweight gun, go with a 535
If you plan to shoot 3" shells, you can get a camo thumbhole 500 for the price of the black 535 I have
If you aren't a Mossberg fan, disregard all this and buy a Remington or a Nova

Honestly, your best plan would be to go to a gun shop and get each one in your hands. That will make your decision much easier.

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:21 AM
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benelli SBE.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:33 AM
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My wife shoots a mossberg 835 and that has always been a solid gun for her. Me, I love me Remington 1187. I have 2 of them. Both are superman 3.5" guns. The last one o bought is all I use for turkey now. It is mossyoak obsession camo and has a thumbhole stock and a short barrel with adjustable, rifle style, fiber optic sites.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:21 AM
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Hunter12ga. I think your right. I think i have to go and get hands on myself. My father has a Nova and i love shooting it, its a good duck and goose gun. But if I can find a scatter gun with thumbholes and all camo with in a reasonable price. But I have only found the 870 with a thumbhole. You said that mossberg has thumbhole as well ima have to look into that. Its just i dont have much time to look at all the stores and junk cuz I only have 2 weeks in the states during turkey season and I wanna get a New turkey gun and use it for the 2weeks im home. So gotta look up some mossbergs and some more Remingtons. Thanks for the help
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:21 AM
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Beretta Extrema, Camo of course.

Works great & doubles as my waterfowl gun as well.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:54 AM
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My old 12ga 870.

It is a nice no frills gun that gets the job done. I have yet to shoot a gun that patterns as good as my 870.

The old girl was looking a little beat up so I decided to do a camo paint job on it myself. I think it turned out pretty good, a little dark, but that's ok i am no professional at this.

My first attempt failed due to me not letting the first coat dry enough and when I first finished it looked good but all the colors ran together in was black. So I stripped it down and removed the paint and redone it with better results I wish I would have let each color dry for a full day before adding the next color and I think it would have turned out better. Used a matte finish acrylic enamel to seal the paint.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:07 AM
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Been shooting my Winchester 1300 short turkey for about 8 or 9 years now. It's got a 18 inch barrel and is light, very easy to tote in the woods.
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