A Little Shotgun Help, Please!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bluey, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Now, I'm looking to add a shotgun that I'd like to use for turkey hunting and varmint control. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just accurate and functional.

    I figured I'd ask those of you that own shotguns to recommend particular models. Also, should I go with a 12 or 20 ga gun? I'm assuming the 20 ga gives me a tighter spray of shot, is that correct?

    Also, what other features should I be aware of that make a difference in a shotgun?

    Thanks in advance for your recommendations...
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2008
  2. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    I LOVE 20 gauges. They dont kick as bad as a 12 guage and they are good for hunting and varmit control !
  3. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    fort bragg nc
    well i dont know about you but i am a small framed individual. so the gun that fits me like a glove and is all around a great gun and priced very reasonably is my mossberg 500 bantam w/ youth stock. i would recomend the 20guage if you dont want as much kick. it will def. do the job no problem.
  4. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    If you are going to use it for turkey hunting, I suggest a 12 ga. that shoot 3 inch shells.

    You can shoot 2 3/4 shells in it for varmit control but you can shoot 3 inch shells for turkey.

    Just my opinion.

    I shoot a .410 and a 17 hmr for varmit control around my house.

  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I hunt birds with a 12 gauge with a modified choke. I don't miss much. They have a little kick but not much- I think my 30.06 rifle kicks more. I'm not a big guy- 5'6 and 165lbs and it's an easy gun to handle for me.

    Mine is a Remington 870. I highly recommend this brand and model no matter what caliber you decide to go with. Excellent gun- mine has been carried through a lot of wilderness with me.
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    12 gauge Mag. Main think for tight pattern full choke.
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:I agree totally on the 12 gauge for turkeys too.
  8. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our whole family have been avid bird hunters all our lives. Our gun of choice is a Remington 870 pump shotgun with either a full choke or Win-Choke barrel would be a great turkey gun. I have had both the 20 gauge and the 12 gauge. 12 gauge would give you better range and killing power. If you put a padded stock plate on and also add some lead to the stock, then the 12 gauge will not kick any worse than a 20 gauge. For turkey I would be more apt to use a buckshot load as it won't damage the meat as bad. Hope that helps you.
  9. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Mossberg does make a nice reasonably priced shotgun. I do suggest you get a 12 guage if you plan to hunt with it and I also suggest one that you can change out the chokes in to suit whatever purpose you need the gun for. A full choke gives you the tightest pattern and if you want more of a wide spray you can put a modified choke in. It will allow you to customize the gun to your needs.
    I personally hunt with a Browning or a benelli but Mossberg is a good all round gun with a moderate pricetag.
  10. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    definately 12 ga w / 3" mag for turkeys..

    kids 12 yrs old use 12 ga for turkeys around here..

    they do not "kick" if you pull it tight into your shoulder.. If you hold it lightly and it recoils into your shoulder , yeah, they all kick.

    In fact, try it with a .22...It will not kick you hard, but you can practice and get the feel for what I said..


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