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.
- Weighing in at a sturdy 8 pounds, the Benelli Nova Pump comes with a 26- or 28-inch barrel and is a turkey's worst nightmare. The Italian influence in its design, like the checked grip and forend, not only make this gun easy on the eyes, but also a pleasure to hold and fire.
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)