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#1302977 - 04/24/09 02:13 PM Re: Turkey gun help [Re: redblood]
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I wouldn't purchase a semi-auto chambered for 3.5" shells with the expectation that it would be my #1 gun on the dove or trap/skeet field - or in other words, if I was going to shoot a lot of 2 3/4" shells through it. I've shot 1100's, 11-87's, Super Black Eagle I's and II's, Browning Golds, and my favorite - the Winchester SuperX2. All function well if they're kept clean. No doubt that a semi-auto requires a bit more diligence in the maintenance dept. than a pump. I know some heavy-duty waterfowlers and turkey hunters might like those hard-hitting 3.5" shells, but in my experience, if you're good with a shotgun, a 3" shell ought to bring it down! LOL

Buying a 3" semi-auto loader just gives you more flexibility for all loads and all shotgun shooting scenarios, in my opinion.

Do some research on load patterning in 3' vs. 3.5" guns. Those large-chambered shotguns typically perform better the larger the shell you're shooting. (Something to bear in mind if most of your shells fired are only 2 3/4's.)

Good luck! Always fun researching and then purchasing a new shotgun!

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#1303571 - 04/24/09 11:52 PM Re: Turkey gun help [Re: redblood]
Blue5
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
I looked at the novas but really want a semi. I better take one of you with me as I am not a duck hunter and don't own a call.


As good as you are with that verminator you could prolly use it to call em in!
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#1303712 - 04/25/09 09:41 AM Re: Turkey gun help [Re: Blue5]
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Good info x2. I like the winchesters as well. They are just priced higher that the rem'S. Blue, I don't even know what a duck sounds like.
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#1304829 - 04/26/09 09:01 PM Re: Turkey gun help [Re: redblood]
Blue5
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
Good info x2. I like the winchesters as well. They are just priced higher that the rem'S. Blue, I don't even know what a duck sounds like.


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#1305672 - 04/27/09 05:23 PM Re: Turkey gun help [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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 Originally Posted By: 8 POINTS OR BETTER
I'd also suggest a short barrel, around 23" or 24". They are a lot easier to move around with in the woods. And with today's chokes and loads the short barrels will shoot well.


A little warning about the short gun. I have a short 870 that I love, bought it as a turkey gun but used it some for ducks. It only took one season for my buddies to make me get another gun to use for ducks. The short barrel is LOUDER than all get out in a duck blind. Just an FYI, I love mine for turkey hunting but use a longer one for wing shooting.

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