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Turkey Hunting The Most Challenging Game

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Old February 2nd, 2014
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Default mossberg turkey thug 12 ga.

I was thinking about getting my son a 12 ga turkey gun. he like the turkey thug edition. just wanted to know if anyone has shot one of these.it has a 20 inch barrel just wondering how well it patterned with such a short barrel.
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I have had a couple of Mossbergs.

Just a heads up, my turkey mossbergs kick like a som*****. The first model I shot was a NWTF youth model 20 gauge when I was 11-12 years old, and that sucker put me flat on my back from a standing position.

My second was a Mossberg 12 gauge with a built in turkey choke (I'm not 100% what the model is right now), and I missed the first 3 gobblers I shot at that season, all under 20 yards. I repatterned it, and my #5's were shooting in a 3" group out to about 25-30 yards. Unbelievably tight pattern. I killed my first bird after that at 60 yards. That shot dislocated my middle finger where the trigger guard hit it.

After that year I got my Benelli SE II, and thats my go-to turkey gun.

Mossberg make excellent guns and I'm not insulting them at all, I would just try to test shoot some of those models before I buy one. Hopefully they are alot smoother now and pack alot less punch. Guns have come a long way in 10 years.

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I used a Mossberg as my turkey gun for years, had a good pattern. On
one of hunts it miss fire on me, I got to eject the shell an kill the turkey.
Did it again on another hunt, did not get the turkey. I would not buy Mossberg. I hope this helps.
You can use any shot gun as turkey gun. The Mossberg did kick like mule.
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Pattern is not what it should be and kicks like a mule! Killed turkeys with it but sold it after the first season because of it patterning left and killing on both ends!
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Haha glad to see I'm not the odd man out. I hate giving negative reviews, but if it will help another guy....
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I started with Mossberg 835 Ulti Mag too. Still have it for backup. It broke once in the middle of shooting a Tom. Had to replace a part in the trigger section. Shoots tight with the Hastings choke. It is heavy, and because it is a 3.5", the forearm is too far forward.

I use the Encore now. One shot-one kill. And I cross areas a lot where we not supposed to be loaded, so it is quick to break open , slide shell out, slip across, slide shell back in. Lite for bicycle ride, and long distance.

If I were buying, I would be buying a semi auto in 3 inch max- no 3.5". I would try hard to swing a Browning A5- even a good used one that has a threaded barrel for aftermarket chokes.

One of the greatest benefits of a Browning A5 is that hump back. When you are looking down the barrel from a comfortable head position, you are already beading down that barrel plane. Some of the other non-humpback guns, you have that last second tilting of the head down to the rgt ( or left ) to sight. Sometimes, if you get caught not sighting, that last Lil bit of movement might be seen by the turkey . I always thought that was what is so good about a Browning A5.

Also with that big 40mm scope I have on my Encore- there is no head tilting.

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