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Posted: 10/10/2004 12:20:34 PM EST
A friend of mine is inviting me on a turkey hunt and I'd like to know what kind of shotgun to get. For turkey what is the ideal barrel length and choke? And what kind of shot do you use? I know some people scope theirs for turkey but I won't be doing that. I'll be getting a pump as I need to keep it under $500 or so, so any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:22:34 PM EST
870 with 21 inch barrel turkey choke, and some #4 shot will do the trick
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:23:08 PM EST
Fall turkey?

I'd use a .22 magnum rifle.

For spring turkey I'd use a 18-22" barreled 12 gauge with a tight pattern and number 4 shot.

CRC
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:24:20 PM EST
22 short
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:24:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 12:25:03 PM EST by SHIVAN]
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:25:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 12:42:14 PM EST by DOW]
You need an extra full choke or a turkey choke which is super tight. You want to use between 4 and 6 shot. Make sure you pattern your shotgun before you go to see which shells pattern best with your shotgun/choke combination. So far as barrel length is concerned, turkey guns generally have shorter barrels than shotguns used for waterfowl, etc. 18" is common, as is 20".


That's me last year. I used a Mossberg 835 with a Hastings Turkey choke, 3" #4 shot, and a Leupold 4X scope. He was 20 lbs with a 8 " beard and 1 inch spurs, probably a 2 year old bird. YUMMY!
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:27:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:
Fall turkey?

I'd use a .22 magnum rifle.

For spring turkey I'd use a 18-22" barreled 12 gauge with a tight pattern and number 4 shot.

CRC



Thanks for all the responses so far. What is the difference between a spring turkey and a fall turkey?
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:29:40 PM EST
I wonder why people don't use accurized 10/22's for turkey. Lazy?
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:29:58 PM EST
Fall Turkey in Oklahoma is hunting with a BOW in most counties...

Spring Turkey is Shotgun.......

For spring get a good 20ga or 12 ga, if $$$$ is a issue, then go with a NEF single shot..

Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:30:02 PM EST
Fall turkey you shoot the 1st one you see. They are in flocks.

During the spring turkeys are breeding and you use calls to bring them in. You shoot male turkeys- gobblers almost exclusively in the spring. Only idiots end up shooting bearded hens.

Some states allow rifles and pistols, some don't.

Check your regs.

CRC
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:30:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
I wonder why people don't use accurized 10/22's for turkey. Lazy?



Illegal?

CRC
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:45:22 PM EST
OK, I read the regs and from what I can figure it is shotgun only, unless I go buy a bow or get myself a falcon.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:47:21 PM EST
Shopping cart at Safeway...
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:59:31 PM EST
Remington 870 Express is a good choice.

I think they make a plain 18" barrel one.

CRC
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 1:00:28 PM EST
Kroger has them on sale.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 1:01:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 1:01:41 PM EST by GUNGUY1911]
Chevy Malibu!
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 1:10:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
I wonder why people don't use accurized 10/22's for turkey. Lazy?



I have for years
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 1:12:47 PM EST
Id go with the Falcon



hunting with a rifle isnt illegal in several states in Texas it is legal to hunt them with an centerfire round
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 1:25:57 PM EST
I have used a 10/22 accurized for years the question is why doesnt someone use a silenced 10/22 for hunting
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 2:31:19 PM EST
I hit a nice hen with my suburban once
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 2:33:18 PM EST
GAU-8
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 2:43:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Id go with the Falcon



hunting with a rifle isnt illegal in several states in Texas it is legal to hunt them with an centerfire round

Or rimfire
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 2:44:36 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 2:51:01 PM EST
Mossberg 835 Ultra-Mag, extra full turkey choke with 3 1/2" magnum #5 shot. Judge you shot well within 20 yards or you will remove his head.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 3:15:53 PM EST
Check the laws in your state. In Minnesota you cannot use a rifle and there are specific regulations on the size of shot. If you are on public lands be safe. We are in full camo and with small game hunters wandering around they are not always expecting to see you. I have had a couple run-ins with them in the past. It is probably the most dangerous hunting there is. It is also the most fun. I enjoy the spring hunt much better because there is not as much pressure on the public lands. It is really cool to call a turkey in and see him come in full strut too.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 3:50:18 PM EST
Shopping cart and a debit card....
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 3:57:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Girlieman:
Shopping cart and a debit card....



Beat me to it!

If it doesn't say Butterball, it isn't worth the effort!
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:02:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 4:04:39 PM EST by Steve_T_M]
I take my trusty 12 guage double barrel shotgun and crawl around on my belly. I track and move and decoy and play games and try to outsmart them. I kind of play the wind. That's hunting .

Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:19:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By Steve_T_M:
I take my trusty 12 guage double barrel shotgun and crawl around on my belly. I track and move and decoy and play games and try to outsmart them. I kind of play the wind. That's hunting .




That's how I hunt deer, but I'm after turkey.

I think it'll be safe, I'm hunting on private land.

Oh yeah, I'm taking it the idea is to take a head shot? Is that correct?
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:19:21 PM EST
Mine is a Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag, Mossy Oak Hardwoods Camo, Fiber-Optic sights, with a NWTF Extra-Full choke. I prefer #6 shot, and it patterns well in my gun. I suggest getting a gun that's camo'd already, with synthetic stocks. Besides being more resistant to the weather, it's better for close-in turkeys. They're very stupid, but equally paranoid. If they see a reflection of a shiney barrel or stock they'll run. I glossey shotgun while hunting would be like wearing highly polished black leather shoes.
When waterfowl season starts I switch to a Briley Duck choke, load up with #2 steel (for ducks), and I'm set. I use BBB shot for geese.
Turkeys and geese get 3.5" magnums shot at 'em, ducks get 3". I like the extra payload in my pattern.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:20:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ratters:

Originally Posted By Steve_T_M:
I take my trusty 12 guage double barrel shotgun and crawl around on my belly. I track and move and decoy and play games and try to outsmart them. I kind of play the wind. That's hunting .




That's how I hunt deer, but I'm after turkey.

I think it'll be safe, I'm hunting on private land.

Oh yeah, I'm taking it the idea is to take a head shot? Is that correct?



Ideally you're aiming for the neck between the shoulders (do birds have shoulders?) and the head.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:25:04 PM EST
Check out a Benelli Nova 12 gauge. It costs around $300, and is nearly indestructible.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:32:34 PM EST
I use a Mossberg 835 Ulti Mag with a full choke loaded with 3" magnum #5 shot.

Jim
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:34:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 4:35:38 PM EST by Ratters]

Originally Posted By DOW:

Originally Posted By Ratters:

Originally Posted By Steve_T_M:
I take my trusty 12 guage double barrel shotgun and crawl around on my belly. I track and move and decoy and play games and try to outsmart them. I kind of play the wind. That's hunting .




That's how I hunt deer, but I'm after turkey.

I think it'll be safe, I'm hunting on private land.

Oh yeah, I'm taking it the idea is to take a head shot? Is that correct?



Ideally you're aiming for the neck between the shoulders (do birds have shoulders?) and the head.



Thanks.

Oh yeah, thanks for the tip on the Nova, that was one of the ones I was looking at. I sure do like my Winchester Defender though, and wouldn't mind adding another winchester.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:36:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By CollegeBoy:
Check out a Benelli Nova 12 gauge. It costs around $300, and is nearly indestructible.



That's what I have and is an excellent choice with a super full turkey choke. Don't let the domesticans fool you, wild turkey meat is excellent, even better seasoned and deep fried. I'll never bake another turkey.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 4:39:16 PM EST
The best turke I ever ate was smoked. My dad had a 55 gallon drum he made into a BBQ pit, and smoked my turkey in there for 6 hours with hickory chips.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 5:20:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By GoGop:
The best turke I ever ate was smoked. My dad had a 55 gallon drum he made into a BBQ pit, and smoked my turkey in there for 6 hours with hickory chips.



Last Thanksgiving I made a turkey in my side smoker using mesquite wood charcoal. Took about seven hours for the 20lb turkey but it was the best turkey I have ever had if I do say so myself.

Yeah, looks like I can get a Nova for about $350 around here with a full choke. Does anyone know if they sell the turkey choke separately?
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 6:25:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 6:27:23 PM EST by SP10]


<---------------Turkeys tremble



(edited because my "aim" sucks )
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 10:04:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By SP10:

<---------------Turkeys tremble



(edited because my "aim" sucks )



What is that, if you don't mind my asking? Looks like a semi?
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:46:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ratters:

Originally Posted By GoGop:
The best turke I ever ate was smoked. My dad had a 55 gallon drum he made into a BBQ pit, and smoked my turkey in there for 6 hours with hickory chips.



Last Thanksgiving I made a turkey in my side smoker using mesquite wood charcoal. Took about seven hours for the 20lb turkey but it was the best turkey I have ever had if I do say so myself.

Yeah, looks like I can get a Nova for about $350 around here with a full choke. Does anyone know if they sell the turkey choke separately?



There's lots of after-market chokes. Check Cabela's, Bass Pro, etc.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:00:21 PM EST
Well, I pulled the trigger and got the Nova with the Max4 cammo. I like it. Sadly, being in CA now I have to wait ten days to hold it again. Ah, to live in freedom. They did sell the turkey choke there as well so I may get it when I pick up the gun.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:05:17 PM EST
It's worth the wait. I love my nova (black, 28in barrel). Extremely easy to take apart. If you shoot magnum loads, consider the stock-mounted recoil reducer. It's basically a bracket and a tube full of mercury, but it actually seems to work. Enjoy!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:07:23 PM EST
Thanks. Mind if I ask how much that recoil reducer cost you?

BTW, I got the 26" model cause a) it was the only one they had, and b) this will be used exclusively for turkey and pheasant. OK, I might try some clays with it but I have my SxS for when I rarely do that.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:11:28 PM EST
I think it was around $50 (I have no idea what other dealers charge). I got the gun and the reducer for a gift, so I didn't really check around.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:11:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:40:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By jmboom:
I have used a 10/22 accurized for years the question is why doesnt someone use a silenced 10/22 for hunting




No one here would do that!!!!!


Now for what gun...

There is no "IDEAL" barrel length or choke. Mossberg probably makes the cheapest, most effective pump shotgun that you will find. A Rem 870 might be a good choice too. You need a full choke.

People spend an ass load of money every year buying this kind of choke tube, that kind of shotshell and spend more time pattering a gun than they do in the woods. After all we are talking about a damn shotgun here.

The most important thing you can do is get a box of cheap #8 bird loads, go to the range and practice shooting targets. Squeeze the trigger like you would on an AR15 on your shotgun. The biggest cause of missed turkeys for a beginner is flinching. Put the bead halfway down the top of the birds head and above where the neck starts and SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE the trigger. You'll never miss.

Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:44:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:

Originally Posted By Steve_T_M:
I take my trusty 12 guage double barrel shotgun and crawl around on my belly. I track and move and decoy and play games and try to outsmart them. I kind of play the wind. That's hunting .




I'm curious how many you've killed.



That is the quote from John Kerry on how he hunts deer. Real man of the woods he is.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:57:36 PM EST
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