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Camo for turkey? (or) Would YOU buy this gun?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Guyon, Mar 23, 2006.

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  1. Guyon

    Guyon Member

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    I have hunted turkey in the past with a black synthetic 870, and to my knowledge, have never had a turkey spook because of the shotgun.

    Still, yesterday I was in the empire that Sam built, and I spotted a 870 Super-Mag with a 26" barrel, Realtree HD camo, and sling studs for $298. Seemed like a heckuva deal for a Super-mag in camo. And I've always wanted one of those camo shot slingers. All I'd have to add would be some fiber optic sights (I have an extra set), some sling swivels, and a camo sling.

    Wish the barrel were a little shorter for turkey (my current turkey gun has a 23" barrel), but I imagine they're marketing this one toward both turkey and duck hunters.

    Whaddya think? Good deal on the shotgun? Good turkey gun despite the longer barrel?


    FWIW, they had an 11-87 (2 3/4" or 3") in camo with 28" barrel for $498.
     
  2. MCgunner

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    Excellent on both, actually. I like my camo M500. I waterfowl with it and it seems to help with the ducks. My leafy 3D DEFINITELY helps. I like the camo bling, anyway. :D If I ever get to hunt turkey again, I'll use the mossy. It's got a 28" barrel and the rage some years ago and I guess now was for ridiculously short barrels for turkey, like 20", and rifle sights. Since I'm primarily a duck and goose hunter, I'll keep my 28" barrel. I don't think it's that much more cumbersome afield.
     
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  4. Guyon

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    Umm, that's Guyon.

    Sorry. Not looking for a semi-auto right now, but that one looks like a good gun.
     
  5. ArmedBear

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    Given the bag limits here in California, I sure wouldn't buy a special gun for turkey if I had one that worked already.:)

    But that 26" 870 does sound like a really good do-it-all hunting shotgun, and the finish should prevent rust.
     
  6. Guyon

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    I picked it up. 870s are like Lay's potato chips, it seems.

    Gave it a good cleaning with CLP. Dropped the trigger assembly and swapped out the J-lock safety with an old-style safety. Screwed in a Star-dot XF choke and slapped on a sling. It's almost ready for the woods. Going to do some patterning this weekend.
     
  7. Dave McCracken

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    Good deal, enjoy....
     
  8. Guyon

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    Bought a set of Williams Fire-Sight fiber optic sights for it today. This is one well designed set of sights. Highly recommended.
     
  9. redneck2

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    Opening day of turkey season last year. Neighbor calls, wants to go out. Deer barrel is still on my 870. Couldn't find the field barrel (stuck behind some stuff in the closet)

    I ended up using his 870 black synthetic 3 1/2". Got my bird 22 minutes after we went out.

    Couldn't believe that I have a good variety of guns and had nothing to take turkey hunting (and none that were camo). Now I've got a camo SP-10 for turkeys and geese. Got a variety of ammo (2 1/4 oz #5's for turkeys, 1 3/4 oz slugs for deer, #4 buck for coyotes)

    Got to thinking that, if anything happened to my 870, I'd be out of commission during hunting season. Also, using camo tape is a PITA. Now I'll always have at least 2 shotguns for hunting.

    Neat thing aobut 870's is they always seem to work, they're not a "pretty gun" so you can use them, and they seem to fit most shooters.

    Camo & turkeys....having hunted a lot on both private and public land, I think the birds on public land are more pressured and far easier to spook. When I only hunted public land, I could never figure how guys made the videos that showed turkeys 10 yards from the shooter. Public birds will spook 50 yards off. Just like deer, the old males are smart, the young ones not so smart (somestimes, which means they'll never get old)
     
  10. kennyboy

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    Not a bad deal, but I frequently see the same gun in black for sale at Dick's Sporting Goods for $220. I do not know about the camo model, though. If I were you and wanted a Remington, I'd save my money and get the new 3.5" Wingmaster. I have used the Express and, like many others, the 3rd of the 3 shells is difficult to extract and the receiver rusts. These concerns are not present in the Wingmaster.
     
  11. Guyon

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    Sort of doubt the Wingmaster comes in camo... does it?

    Been using a black supermag 870 for turkey for several years. Never experienced any of the problems about which you write. Ejects fine. No rust to report. I do keep my guns pickled in CLP most of the time though. ;)
     
  12. kennyboy

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    I don't know if the 3.5 Wingmaster comes in camo. I just saw it as I was quickly looking at Remington's website.
     
  13. Guyon

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    Ready to go. With Remington Hevi-Shot #5's (3"), it shoots a crazily dense pattern at 30 and a dense, lethal pattern at 40.

    Add-ons were:
    Set of William's Fire-Sights "Slugger" fiber optic sights.
    Old-style safety, safety spring, detent ball.
    HS Strut "Undertaker" Hevi-Shot XF choke
    Allen synthetic sling (camo) with Uncle Mike's sling swivels
     

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    Tactical

    This is an absolute must for turkey hunting. Mossberg 835 "Tactical Turkey", 12 gauge. Good luck anyway.

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  15. Guyon

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    Isn't there supposed to be a grenade launcher on there for the birds outside of 50 yards? :D
     
  16. Lennyjoe

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    Good deal on the 870 and that there 835 is sexy!

    I'm using an Ithaca M87 pump this year. Just put an undertaker choke on it and the same sights you have. Gonna take it out and pattern it next weekend.

    My hunt starts on the 5th of May. Can't wait.
     
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