[color="#ff0000"]All are just my preferences and what works for me. Others will have had different experiences and different preferences. It really comes down to what feels best and works best for an individual. That having been said, here you go:
[/color]What are critical commons points of a turkey gun in the 12 guage? -OR- at least explain what is your preferences or showstoppers for you forking out hundreds of dollars for a turkey gun?
[color="#ff0000"]I prefer to use factory beads. I don't have to worry about anything getting knocked out of alignment that way.[/color]
[color="#ff0000"]26" or longer. I have no problem with shooting a 28" in the turkey woods.[/color]
ACTION (single, double, pump, auto)-
[color="#ff0000"]I really have no preference and shoot all of them at one time or another. A single shot may cause you to take more time, aim more carefully, etc. but in the event that you need a quick second shot, it's pretty difficult.[/color]
[color="#ff0000"]As above, it's good to have a second shot available.[/color]
CHAMBER (2 3/4,3, 3 1/2)-
[color="#ff0000"]A 3" chamber works well for me and even when I have 3.5" chambered guns, I shoot 3" shells normally.[/color]
[color="#ff0000"]Since we're usually taking one shot, a light weight gun is pretty handy.[/color]
[color="#ff0000"]For me this is largely a matter of becoming accustomed to whatever gun I'm using. When I sit, I make sure I have enough room to move the barrel in an arc without hitting something.[/color]
[color="#ff0000"]It must be reliable and I must have confidence it, gained from range time.[/color]
[color="#ff0000"]I own a few camo guns but as long as the gun is not terribly shiny, I don't feel the need for camo. Staying in the shade and limiting movement, seem to work for me.[/color]
I know little.
To me, some of th turkey guns look to long and I would prefer a shorter, easier to maneuver. I even wander are there any good turkey guns with some of the traits of tactical guns, lighweight, shorter lengths, adjustable stocks. Shorter barrels is a trade off for accuracy and other things, but are there good short guns?
[color="#ff0000"]I have some short barreled guns that pattern well as do others. It may take more work to get one exactly the way you want it and some short guns just don't want to cooperate it seems.
In my experience, it's really all about matching your gun, choke and shotshell with your hunting style and ability. If for example you can accurately judge 30 yards and never take a shot beyond that range, you may need only a 30 yard gun.
I try never to take a shot over 40 yards and have spent a lot of time working on judging distance. I'd like to be able to cleanly kill a turkey at that distance, so I look for patterns that will allow that to happen, if necessary. I also prefer to shoot them at 25 to 30 yards.
I hope you find this of some help. I'm sure others will have equally good or better recommendations and reasons for them.
To turn a gun into a good turkey gun, the biggest bang for you buck -- is high quality ammo.
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