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Turkey Choke for Nova

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by JonB, Aug 29, 2008.

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  1. JonB

    JonB Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm going turkey hunting for the first time this year and need some advice on the subject. My 12ga is a Benelli Nova.

    What kind of choke?
    What size shot?
    What length shotshell? (3" is my guess)
     
  2. chas08

    chas08 Member

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    #5 (my favorite)
    Good Guess (my favorite also)

    I don't Turkey hunt much anymore. But back when I did, the above was my favorite. :)
     
  3. rcmodel

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    I think there is a tremendous amount of marketing hype designed to sell 3 1/2" magnum turkey guns going on.

    All that is needed to kill a turkey is to over-saturate the head/neck with shot.

    That being said, a 1 1/8 oz #8 trap load out of a full choke will kill a turkey over decoys deader then Al Capone, every time.

    Personally, I find a 2 3/4" 1 5/8 oz #5 Mag all the heavy recoil I care to subject myself too.

    If you can get within 40 yards, a full choke is plenty if your gun patterns them well.

    Depending on the gun and shell, the X-Full & XX-full chokes may not pattern as well as the standard full choke tube you already have.

    You just need to get the loads you want to use & pattern test your gun with them to find your effective range.

    rcmodel
     
  4. ImARugerFan

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    Extra full, #5s, in 3" or 3.5". Either will shoot fine. I would buy a couple different variations and pattern them all to see what shoots best out of your gun though.
     
  5. kmrcstintn

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    HS Strut Ported Undertaker (XXFull); 3" Remington Nitro Turkey #5's :evil:
     
  6. jmr40

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    Pattern the standard full choke that came with your gun. Probably will do just fine. The 3 1/2" shells are not needed for turkey. The 3" or even 2 3/4" turkey loads will do just fine. The 3 1/2" shells are only useful for waterfowl with the bigger shot sizes and even that is debateable.
     
  7. RetiredLawman

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    What he said:

    HS Strut Ported Undertaker (XXFull); 3" Remington Nitro Turkey #5's.
     
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