The spring turkey hunting season is starting April 14th in Montana, (seasons vary by district so be sure to check your local regulations), and now is the perfect time to go over the best 5 shotguns that will help your turkey hunting game. I'll list each gun by brand and model and a quick description of why I think these guns excel in their categories starting with number 5.
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5. Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Recoil Reduction System
Mossberg is known for making high-quality shotguns and they were the first company to offer a 3 1/2" magnum shotgun. Mossberg is back at it with a new addition to the magnum shotgun that offers a high-tech recoil reduction system that is perfect for beginners or those with small frames. The company says their Ulti-Mag Recoil Reduction System reduces recoil felt by as much as 20%.
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4. Winchester SX4 NWTF Cantilever Turkey
Winchester is another trusted name in the firearms industry and for good reason. Their new SX4 is the lightest model to date thanks to a high-strength, low-mass polymer that is tougher than the previously used material, aluminum. This shotgun features an over-sized bolt handle, bolt release button, and a safety that is designed to make operation easier with gloves on. The SX4 comes in a 12-gauge with a 24-inch barrel and hard chrome plated bore.
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3. Stoeger M3000/M3500 SteadyGrip
Stoeger's M3000 is the definition of simple and sturdy and it's 3 1/2", 12-gauge counterpart the M3500 utilizes the Inertia-Driven action that makes these shotguns so great. The turkey hunting models come with a Realtree APG camo dip and a SteadyGrip pistol grip for more stability. This shotgun also has cleaning looking red fiber optic front sights and weighs in at just 7.3 pounds.
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2. Browning BPS NWTF
The Browning BPS NWTF is a stack barrel shotgun that is one of the most versatile in its class thanks to its five Invector-Plus choke tubes. These allow for both long-range bird hunting and close with the Ultimate Full Turkey choke barrel, the Spreader, and the IC, M, and F. The synthetic stock is also a nice feature that is adjustable for getting the perfect eye alignment.
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1. Remington 870 Express ShurShot Synthetic Turkey
Now, for number 1, my favorite shotgun on this list. The Remington 870 Express ShurShot is the perfect blend of affordable and dependable. It has an attractive matte finish on the metalwork and a Mossy Oak Obsession camo dip to help it blend with the environment. The receiver is also drilled and ready for any optic you'd like to mount. Personally, I think a think a Vang Comp Systems Ghost Ring sight is the perfect compliment for this shotgun and keeps the contours looking clean.
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R-870 tested for 50++ years and shoots.
I am not against hunting as long as the main goal is meat on the table.
I do admit I get pissed when I see the results of Trophy Hunters cases, where the head is missing and the complete body still laying in the field rotting.
Yes we own self defense firearms, but we also live next to a 1400+ac Wild Life Preserve. Where we feed about 12 to 15+ Deer every night several pounds of corn. Plus we feed at least 9 Raccoons, 3 Foxes and 2 opossums table scraps, left over roasted /fried chicken, pork and beef bones and scraps.
What you described is poaching. Well at least in my state if a hunter only takes a "trophy" and let's the rest to rot and gets caught it's huge problems. I have friends that deer hunt and of course they always want to try for the biggest rack but they eat the meat. If I'm lucky I might get a snack stick but that's about it. On the other hand most will not fill their bonus antlerless tag cause of the baby deer developing inside does which a lot of carry twins. So in their eyes taking a doe is the same as taking 2-3 animals.
Not a hunter myself but do shoot lotsa birds. The clay ones… trap, skeet and sporting clays and my favorite tool for the purpose isn't listed even though could be used for turkeys. Maybe someday we'll see the top over/under shotguns for sport or hunting on TG?