Shotgun option

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by beauhunter41031, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 12 pointer

    Jan 1, 2018
    Cynthiana, Ky
    I'm wanting to buy my younger brother his first shotgun, that can be versatile for him, turkey, rabbit, dove etc. the local hunting store has a 12 gauge Mossberg 835 turkey gun for 325, and this super nice Mosburg 500 20ga at 229, i'd be saving $100 going with the 20 but question it's capability for turkeys and it's honestly in such good shape I hate to have him take it out in the field and rough it up, he's old enough to handle the 12 just want to get y'all's opinion's for a all-around shotgun for him
  2. Capttrae

    Capttrae 12 pointer

    Apr 2, 2012
    I’ve had an 835 hated it from day one, same with the 935. I’ve also had a 500 never had a moments trouble out of it. Other ppl love their 835’s and 935’s.
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  3. muddhunter

    muddhunter 12 pointer

    Oct 18, 2005
    The 835 is loud and hard kicking. Do some reading on turkeys and 20 gauges. Many of the “professional” turkey hunters are going to the twenty because it is lighter, less recoil, and many times patterns better with the right loads than a 12. The 20 will kill turkeys just as dead as a 12.
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  4. kill'n and grill'n

    kill'n and grill'n Fawn

    Apr 17, 2012
    Madison Co.
    [​IMG] 835’s kill from both ends. I traded mine in for a 20ga about 10 years ago and love it. Like others have said, with the right load/choke combo, it gets the job done just as good as a 12.......without the extra weight & kick.
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  5. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    835’s are brutal. I love my 935, but it’s heavy. The 20 would be a great all around gun. With a good choke, 40 yards no problem on turkeys.
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  6. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

    Oct 18, 2013
    What about some of both: a Mossie 500 in 12 gauge? They're very common, you shouldn't have a problem finding one nearby. I've got a Model 600 (same basic gun) that I've had since the early 80's. Never a problem with it, and I've killed more game with that gun than anything else I own, and I mean a lot.
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  7. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 12 pointer

    Jan 1, 2018
    Cynthiana, Ky
    I appreciate all the feedback, he started out wanting to go turkey hunting with me so I figured on the camo 835 but then thought if he wants to do turkey he'll probably want to be in the field for doves rabbits and squirrels so why not find something that would make him a good first gun all the way around, I guess the 835 turkey gun could do it all to but I really like that 20 gauge 500 plus it's $100 cheaper ha ha, i'll probably have to throw in some money to buy him a couple different chokes
  8. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    Agree with above on the 20 guage. I’d buy a nice choke, I’m partial to Carlssons myself, and go with it.
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  9. Teach Deer

    Teach Deer 8 pointer

    Aug 4, 2013
    Unless you are dead set on going with a Mossberg, I would recommend checking out the Remington 870 (I have both the 12 and 20 gauge) and the Winchester SXP...for me I like the safety placement on the Remington better than the forward trigger guard of the Winchester or the tang safety of the Mossberg...

    As to 12 gauge vs 20 long as he can handle the recoil, a 12 gauge is a better option...a standard 12 gauge 1 1/4 oz load is the normal equivalent of the 3" magnum 20 gauge load (though even with equal loads performance goes to the 12 gauge)...while not as important in turkey hunting as one normally would think, it is a greater factor in deer hunting (if that becomes an option) and definitely with waterfowl (if that becomes an option)...

    Assuming you eventually go with a 12 gauge, I would limit shotshells to no more than 3" for now...the 3 1/2" shells are beasts that he can grow into eventually (or maybe never)--most of my time turkey hunting is with a 2 3/4" 12 gauge semi-auto rather than the 3" 12 gauge magnum...
  10. Luther's Feist

    Luther's Feist 8 pointer

    Oct 25, 2014
    Coeburn, Va
    I agree the Remington 870 express 20 gauge is a great gun. I have killed turkey with it. Comes in the magnum and is a great gun I'd recommend for any first timer
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    PUBLIC RAT 8 pointer

    Feb 18, 2014
    Absolutely agree on the Mossberg 500.Bought a youth model for my youngest about 8 years ago and now that he no longer uses it i use it.Put camo tape on blued barrel,bought a better choke and use magnum blend shells,its good out to 40,easily.
  12. louisvillehunter

    louisvillehunter 6 pointer

    Oct 27, 2017
    If you are looking for a soft shooting pump look at the SXP. The inertia assisted action really works. A friend of mine has one in 3" 12 guage. We were laughing the first time we shot a turkey shell and it ejected it by itself.
  13. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

    Feb 20, 2011
    the swamps of western KY
    My Dad bought me a Remington 870 Express Magnum way back when Remington made good shotguns. I’ve never felt I needed anything else. And with the technological advancements in shotgun shells a 20 gauge makes a great turkey gun.

    If I were buying a shotgun today I would definitely go with Mossberg if I wanted a pump gun.
  14. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    A Benelli Nova 20guage would be a nice buy. I got a 12guage my bro gave me several years ago and love it as a turkey gun. Bought a Carlsson choke and first turkey I killed with it was 62 yds away. Saw a 20 with Camo on gunbroker for 499. Probably can get it cheaper.
  15. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 12 pointer

    Jan 1, 2018
    Cynthiana, Ky
    I ended up buying the 500, went to Walmart and they had a three pack of chokes with the extra full turkey for $29, I felt like that was too cheap and planned on making a drive to Lexington and hit up Cabela's or Sportsmens, would you guys think that the three pack at Walmart would be sufficient or would it be worth investment to buy a better turkey choke for more money

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