It’s that time of year again, when for a few magical months each spring we take a break from whitetail hunting and whatever fishing trips we’ve planned to chase the ever-elusive longbeard. Turkey hunting is exciting, interactive and totally addictive. Hunters who are up for a more extreme challenge choose to bowhunt turkeys, while most welcome the chance to dust off the old shotgun and throw a bit of lead in the right direction.
A turkey gun really doesn’t need to be anything fancy; it just needs to shoot straight. That said, there are certain features that differentiate some turkey guns from the others. With any turkey gun, be sure to experiment with different loads and choke tubes. A decent turkey gun should be able to put a fair amount of shot in a paper plate from about 40 yards. As dedicated gobble addicts, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 cheap turkeys guns that still deliver quality.
With an optional turkey choke tube for today's modern turkey loads, this gun is a bit of turkey hunting luxury on a budget.
Price: $399 (black synthetic), $479 (Realtree)
Capable of shooting up to 3 ½-inch shells with five different choke tubes included, the P-350 weighs in at a feather-light 6.6 pounds. The P-350 is capable of taking down anything in its path while making the hunter look pretty cool at the same time.
With a 22-inch barrel and camouflage synthetic stock, this thing is designed to kill birds. Technical yet functional, the PA-08 boasts of a lengthened forcing cone to reduce felt recoil, and a chrome lined barrel that holds up to countless rounds of heavy duty turkey shot.
Price: $379 (12-gauge, 3-inch), $429 (12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch)