Any ideas on entry level Turkey gun? UPDATE

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting General' started by Nicholas, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. Nicholas

    Nicholas New Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Saint Charles, MO
    Hello folks, coming to you once again for your great advice! I am looking for an entry level turkey gun and would appreciate your ideas. I have no price in mind, nor make, thanks in advance!

    UPDATE

    Also what gauge and barrel length, pump or no? New 835 Thumbhole/Tactical Turkey?
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  2. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    I think I would get a price in mind and then pick a brand. Mossberg, Remington, Thompson Center, Benilli...All and then some make excellent guns. I really like my Encore, it shoots great is light weight and is versitile. It's not the cheapest out there, but I think it's one of the better ones.
     

  3. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    i don't know,but everyone seems to going to the twenty gauge now a days with the chokes they have and all,seems to make sense i have shot a couple with three inch 20's, at forty and they fall just as dead.
     
  4. Nicholas

    Nicholas New Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Saint Charles, MO
    I was thinking around $300-$500 for an entry level gun. Since this would be my first I really do not have a comparison and have no model preference either.
     
  5. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    I thought I saw a mossberg 835 last weekend in the wal mart at 94 and zumbehl that was within your price range. All camod, all ready to go!
     
  6. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    The 870 supermag is a good, trouble free gun too....I believe you could throw it in the back of the truck, and pull it out next year and kill more birds...lol. It really depends on how much money you want to spend...Mossberg and Remington pumps would be at the lower end of the scale, all the way up to a Benelli Super Black Eagle 2...around 1200 bucks or so!!! Just get a good choke, no matter the gun, and pattern several kinds of loads, and call em in close!!!
     
  7. In that price range I would without a doubt buy either a 835 or 935 Mossberg....They practically come with a dead turkey gau:wave:rntee
     
  8. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Oh.. and be sure to get that 3 1/2"er so that you remember you shot it!!
     
  9. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    lol OUCH !
     
  10. Poor Valley

    Poor Valley Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Rolla, Mo
    This type post will generate opinions from one extreme to the other and thats a good thing! I'll give you my opinion along with everyone else and you can sort through them and really get confused.:pop:

    Pump guns are probably most practical and are generally very reliable. Twelve gague rules simply cause it throws out more shot. Interchangable chokes are desired cause you will most likely want an after market choke either now or later. A 3 in chamber is adequate unless you enjoy having a sore shoulder.

    A turkey gun takes a beating in the field and some are a lot heavier than others cause they are all steel(such as the Rem 870 Express which also kicks like a mule). I don't like anything plastic on any gun cause sooner or later it might break.

    A sling is a handy thing to have also along with some means of attaching some sort of sight system. A must have for turkey hunting.

    Yes, you will want a sight either a turkey scope or my favorite a standard peep sight.( if you get the peeps find the all metal ones that are fully screw adjustable)

    Confusing right? Good Luck with your selection.:banana::banana::banana:
     
  11. Nicholas

    Nicholas New Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Saint Charles, MO
    Great info already, and the 835 looks good so far, price is great as well. Barrel length?
     
  12. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    You can get a semi-auto Charles Daly for just a little more than an 870. I got a 20 guage last year, just like yotehunter had said. This is a GOOD gun, and it takes Remington chokes. Comes with 3 chokes, but you'll want to buy an extra-full for it for turks.

    And at the same time....you CAN NOT got bad with the 870. I'm not a Mossberg fan because I HATE the rattling foregrips.

    Parker
     
  13. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    Parker I bought my son a youth model 500 and the forgrip doesn't rattle anymore !


    By the way check your 2u2...
     
  14. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    AH HA! They must've got tired of listening to that complaint..... To me, it just feels like junk when you're holding on to it.....BUT.....if there's no more rattle, I say get whatever fits in your hands better! Keep in mind Nicholas, no matter how small this difference may seem, the biggest difference in these guns is going to be where the safety is located.

    Parker
     
  15. 67Firebird

    67Firebird Chicken Man

    I real partial to my 835, because it's reliable and versatile. It'll handle all shot types, you can get a variety of chokes for it, and being a pump it's less prone to jamb than a semi-auto. Mine also has fiber-optic sights on it, which I really like. They also handle 2.75", 3", and 3.5" shells.

    My second choice would be an 870 3.5" mag.



    If you want to shoot one first, come on down here and shoot mine in the back yard.
    :sniper:
     
  16. Nicholas

    Nicholas New Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Saint Charles, MO
    What do you folks think about the Beretta 390!
    Go, you are not far at all, maybe I will!
     
  17. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    get an 870 12 ga (magnum reviever)with a 20 inch barrel..they are indestructable
     
  18. JMAC

    JMAC Senior Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    Cole County
    Although I traded mine because I wanted something lighter, the Benelli Nova is a great turkey gun. Like the 835 and the 870 Express Mag, it will shoot 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 in shells.
     
  19. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    Whatever you do...and this is just my opinion ...dont use a 3 1/2 magnum shell.. they kick like a horse & I dont think they group as good. I'm not sayiing dont buy something like the 870 Express but alot of Turkey have been killed at good distances with just 3 inch (I use 6 shot).. I'v even killed one at 35 yrds with a Pheasant load..
     
  20. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    I personally have never shot one Nicholas, but my bro in law had a Beretta trap gun for a couple of years....and if HE couldn't wear it out or tear it up, it's a keeper....I'd say it would make you one heckuva gun....