When it comes to turkey hunting there are a few things you need to know. How to call a turkey, how to dress properly for the hunt and what equipment will get the job done. One of the most important pieces of hunting equipment you will take with you into the fields is your turkey hunting shotgun.
When it comes to turkey shotguns, you need to make sure the shotgun you choose has a few specific features. The gun must be reliable, easy to use, maneuverable, have a tight shot pattern out to about 40 yards and have a non-glare finish.
You might be thinking that this is a lot to ask of a turkey shotgun. But realize that these are essential features if you are to have any success during your next turkey hunt. Getting these features however, shouldn’t break the bank. I have reviewed a number of turkey guns and have narrowed it down what I consider the top three. The best part, each of these shotguns retail for less than $500. Let’s take a look.
1. Winchester Super X Black Shadow- Living up to the great name of Winchester, the Black shadow sports a matte black finish, vented rib and a 26 inch or 28 inch barrel capable of taking choke tubes. It has a composite stock and fires 2 3/4 inch, 3 inch and 3 1/2 inch shells. Though Winchester describes this gun as a general purpose field gun, it will get the pattern on target. This 12 gauge pump shotgun is priced at $400.
2. Mossberg 500 Turkey Thug- This turkey gun builds on Mossberg’s tried and proven Model 500 shotgun. This 12 gauge, pump action shotgun has a 24 inch barrel, XX-Full Choke tube, adjustable fiber optic sights, an adjustable trigger and a synthetic stock. Some models are also available in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo. Retailing at just over $400, the Black Shadow is sure to hit the target without leaving your wallet feeling too light.
3. Remington Model 870 with Express Turkey Camo- This 12 gauge shotgun by Remington definitely doesn’t skimp on features. It has a 21″ barrel, Full Rem choke, fiber optic sights and a synthetic stock and fore-end finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo. Shooting both 2 3/4 inch and 3 inch shells, this gun will take on the harshest of weather and perform with amazing knock down power. Priced at $450, the Model 870 is sure to exceed all your needs when you head out to the field.
While there seems to be no shortage of turkey shotguns on the market today, finding one with all the features you need without busting your wallet is key. Any of these shotguns offer great value and extreme performance. Best of luck on your next hunt.