T/C Pro Hunter Single Shot

T/C Pro Hunter Single Shot

There is something to be said for a single-shot gun.

There is something to be said for a single-shot gun.

They're safer. You can quickly check to make sure it is loaded or unloaded.

They are simpler.

Fewer moving parts mean more reliability.And they make you focus on that all-important first shot.

And they make you focus on that all-important first shot.

Sure, they aren't the best tool for waterfowl or upland birds when follow-up shots are the norm. But a single-shot could be a very good turkey gun.

I wanted to get a feel for a single-shot turkey gun. I picked up a Thompson Center Encore Pro-Hunter Turkey Shotgun and carried it into the turkey woods.

It did everything a good turkey gun should do. It wasn't clunky or noisy. It was compact in tight spots. Like all T/C Pro Hunters, the gun has an offset cocking hammer so it's out of the way of the scope. It patterned well with various loads. Good thing it patterned well -- I didn't have to fire a lot of expensive, and punishing, 3-inch shells to sight in a Nikon Ballistic Turkey Reticle scope.

The gun does kick more noticeably compared to an auto-loader. T/C mitigates the full-on recoil with its Flex-Tech recoil management system built into the stock and a Simms Recoil Pad on the butt. But with a careful first shot on a tom, you won't notice much recoil anyway.

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