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.
Remington 870 Express
The Remington 870
is the best-selling shotgun ever made. That says a lot. With a no-nonsense, ready to work attitude, the 870 Express is perfect for the punishing turkey hunter. Sporting a 28-inch vent rib barrel, tight turkey choke, and matte wood and barrel finishes, this versatile gun is for the no frills turkey hunter who needs a dependable gun.
Remington 887 Nitro Mag
Weighing in at just over 7 pounds, the Remington 887 Nitro Mag
is just like the classic 870, but on steroids. With a 28-inch vent-rib barrel, it is now the standard in many turkey hunting camps. New ArmorLokt technology makes this gun immune to unpredictable spring weather conditions because there are literally no exposed surfaces to rust. The 887 Nitro Mag is capable of shooting up to 3 ½-inch shells and is a workhorse that's meant to be used and abused.
Benelli Nova Pump
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)
Weatherby PA-08 Turkey
Weatherby is famous for precision shooting rifles, but many hunters don't realize it also produces wonderful shotguns. The Weatherby PA-08 Turkey pump shotgun
weighs in at a mere 7 pounds — great for the run-n-gun hunter.
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.
H&R Pardner Turkey Gun
The Harrington & Richardson Pardner Turkey Gun
does one thing, and one thing well — it obliterates turkeys. At a whopping 9 pounds, this 10-gauge, 3 ½-inch single shot is not for beginners. H&R has been successfully making guns for well over 100 years and has earned a solid reputation for no-nonsense, high-quality guns that are unyieldingly reliable. The Pardner Turkey Gun is a bit fancier than other turkey guns, as it comes with a camouflaged stock and sling.
Stevens 320 Pump Shotgun
The Stevens 320 Pump shotgun
is a functional, no-frills, reliable shooter. With a 28-inch vent-rib barrel and weighing 7 ½ pounds, this is a downright practical hunting gun. The 320 platform itself allows for many variations, from home security to hunting, and this combo also comes with an 18 1/2-inch home security barrel. The pistol grip stock, field barrel and ghost ring sights make the perfect turkey hunting combination.
Stoeger P-350 Pump
The Stoeger P-350 Pump
is one of the coolest looking turkey guns on our list. With a pistol grip stock, Realtree APG finish and a cantilever barrel for a scope, this is more like a 'tactical turkey assault gun. '
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.
Winchester Super X Black Shadow
Weighing under 7 pounds and capable of packing a 3 ½-inch wallop, the Winchester Super X Black Shadow
is a turkey blasting cannon. The Winchester Super X is completely functional with a black matte finish, synthetic stock and specially checked gripping surfaces that work against spring sun and dew. With Back-Bored barrel technology for producing the tightest patterns, a turkey doesn't stand a chance anywhere near this gun.
Price: $379 (12-gauge, 3-inch), $429 (12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch)
Mossberg Maverick HS12
The Mossberg Maverick HS12
isn't your typical turkey gun. It's matte black finish, black synthetic stock and receiver-mounted picatinny rail screams tactical, but don't let looks fool you on this over/under. With an 18.5-inch barrel and a length of pull at just over 14 inches, this compact scatter gun is perfect for the run and gun hunter. Just outfit both barrels with different choke and load combinations, and you've got and versatile 12-gauge that will turn heads in camp. What would you think of us if we just picked the obvious turkey guns, anyway? Give the Maverick a try, and you won't break the bank or go home disappointed.
Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Turkey
is famous for making high quality guns at an affordable price, and their 835 Ulti-Mag Turkey
pump shotgun is no exception. Weighing in at a solid 7.75 pounds with a 28-inch vent-rib barrel and turkey choke tube, the 835 Ulti-Mag is going to continue to blast turkeys at long-range distances for many years to come. The 835 comes in matte blue or Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity.