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Turkey Gun Build & Pattern

Mschmeiske

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Tss is the only thing on the shelves here. Abalamma rednecks don't wanna drop that kinda money
Weve got some Winchester, Kent’s and remingtons around. I really wish I could find 6.5cm... I’ll trade some turkey for 6.5:sweatsmile:

Goodluck chasing some Turkey this year!!
 

Camelcluch

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For you guys building, the Bushnell TS25 is on Amazon for $64. Nice little red dot for a Turkey gun.
 

Gator

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Winchester longbeard XR is hard to beat for the price. I have Dakota decoys and its very rare for a bird to see the decoys and not come all the way in which means I shoot them at 20 yards or less. I'm not certain but I definitely believe the decoys make a difference. Back when I just used rubber foldable decoys birds would hang up outside of range.
 
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timbrhuntr

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Finally something on here I actually know about.
I myself would pass the tss for a 12 gauge as there are lots of cheaper 12 gauge shells like longbeareds that work well and tss really shines in the smaller gauges. If you are going to shoot it make up a trap to catch the pellets so you can reload ( another addiction you can get into) them if you can reload that is lol Biggest problem with tss and no site is up close not far out. Most misses are under 15 yards due to the tight patterns. And the most addictive part of turkey hunting is calling so ya don't even get started on calls lol
 

fawnzy

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I’m not a turkey hunter. Tried it twice. Will try it again. Tell me, why not get a 1-4 power scope and use it. You will have to sight in..... then in the fall you can swap barrels for deer and do the same.


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iamcorey

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Have you tried a red dot before? I ask because I went down the same path with my 20 guage only to discover my eyes don't work well with red dots. Tried a scope but didn't care for the weight or FOV. Settled on the stock TC fiber optic site and have been pleased with it. No plans to shoot a turkey past 40 yards in the woods I access.
 

Nutterbuster

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Have you tried a red dot before? I ask because I went down the same path with my 20 guage only to discover my eyes don't work well with red dots. Tried a scope but didn't care for the weight or FOV. Settled on the stock TC fiber optic site and have been pleased with it. No plans to shoot a turkey past 40 yards in the woods I access.
I can use one fine. Definitely don't think I'd like a scope though. May just rock a bead this year the more I look at film gear, but I'd love a fastfire.
 

Vtbow

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I"ve been shooting a stock bead, 12g 870 super mag with a hevi shot 13 turkey choke and Winchester Double X turkey 2oz #5 3.5" shells for a loooooong time....I"ve hit every turkey I've shot at.

Keep it simple...you already saddle hunt, no reason to complicate your life any more...

Now with the HC...I've missed everyone I've shot at...and I shot at 5 this year...damn things dont stand still!
 

kbetts

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Old school 870 Special Purpose. This was before they cheapened the model. I think I got this early/mid 80's. I'll never forget going to the gun shop to pick it up. Think I was 12.

Cercote done by DipItIn in Delaware. Glock tan on both the externals and internals. Thumbhole stock and super full Carlson.

I'm doing my matching 1187 next.
 

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Gator

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Old school 870 Special Purpose. This was before they cheapened the model. I think I got this early/mid 80's. I'll never forget going to the gun shop to pick it up. Think I was 12.

Cercote done by DipItIn in Delaware. Glock tan on both the externals and internals. Thumbhole stock and super full Carlson.

I'm doing my matching 1187 next.
I like it. Mine



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woodsdog2

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I've kind of been down that rabbit hole too for many years..... I have a Remington 1187 (original with the parkerized finish receiver and barrel) and swapped out the original oil-stained stock and fore-end with OEM black synthetic. I had the forcing cone lengthened and the barrel polished and with that it likes the original Remington extended full turkey choke. I also had some trigger work to make it a bit lighter and crisper. I would say if you can, spend more time on the barrel and trigger than the choke but with some of these harder shots nowadays the choke may be all you need to worry about for optimal patterns. I also have an Ithaca Model 37 Turkeyslayer and had the forcing cone on that barrel lengthened as well. Unbelievably, this gun likes the "Dead Coyote" choke with everything from 4 buck to cheap lead #6's My favorite load of all time were the old nickel plated Active #5's out of both guns. I guess I'm a masochist as they're both 12 gauge but they are both ONLY 3" chambers not the 3.5". I've never ever saw the need for a 3.5" 12 gauge loads.... might as well get a 10 which would handle the shot string much better IMHO. Finally, the only thing cooler than shooting one with your bow is with a .410 handgun which is now legal in NY. I don't have one..... yet.
 

woodsdog2

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As far as a red dot. do it! In the mid 90's to mid 2000's I used a Bushnell Turkey Scope 1x-4x made specifically for the purpose with a diamond shaped reticle in the middle to place the gobbler's head in when aiming.. liked it a lot on my Ithaca and never had shoot overs with close birds and tight patterns... but then I swapped it for a Bushnell "Holosight" red dot. Then I swapped that onto one of my AR's so I went with a cheaper TG Reddot which works great and seems to really take the recoil well.
 

woodsdog2

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I've pretty much relegated myself to hunting turkeys with archery tackle now. Anyone need a turkey gun??? Just kidding.
 
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