dpowers311 wrote:I have a nice 20 gauge Wingmaster that I have had for years. It has been shot very little and looks nice. My decision is that since my 9yo has taken my remington express I need a turkey gun. I have to decide to sell the wingmaster and buy a new shotgun or start using the wingmaster.
I think if you have a gun then it should be used and it will get scratches and dings. This gun was a friends that bought it and didn't use it, sold it to me for a great price.
If I decide to use it what choke? It has a 26 inch barrel.
First of all congratulations on getting your young son involved in turkey hunting. That's a very good thing.
I agree with you that guns are made to be shot unless they have some collector's value that is greatly diminished by doing that. The "advantage/disadvantage" to the Wingmaster is mainly in its finish. That finish is very pretty and does not hinder anything for upland hunting or for the clays fields. It can be perceived as a disadvantage in the turkey woods but can easily be taken care of in several ways, gun sock, tape, etc. Unless that gun has some particular feature that makes it a collector, there's really no reason not to shoot it.
You've had some good advice however in that you may want to "shop it around" and see if there's a high demand in your area. Some dealer may have a customer who is looking for a gun just like yours in excellent condition and may be willing to make you a deal.
As far as chokes go, you have a wide choice as you know. Doris and I shoot several 20 gauge 870s and get excellent results at the range and in the field with 2 different chokes, primarily.
The SSX has a great design, great internal geometry and does exceptionally well with a variety of shotshells. It, like just about every other choke, does best with the 3" Hevi-13 shells in #6 or #7 shot. It's also very reasonably priced.
The second choke that delivers excellent performance is the Swarm. It was the first of the "new breed" of high performance 20 gauge turkey chokes and set the standards for others to follow. It does hands down best with Hevi-13 shells in #6 or #7 shot.
Both those chokes also do very well with lead loads.
I hope that helps some.