Best Shotgun For Turkeys

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  1. Macobb1

    Macobb1 New Member

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    I am new to this site so if this is a repeat I apologize. I hunt a lot but it’s all killing time until turkey season for me. I have chased turkeys for nearly 30 years. I have no complaints from my Maxus it knocks them dead anytime I don’t mess up. I am looking to mix things up next year and swap to a compact light 20 gauge for next turkey season. The front runners so far are the Stoger 3020 Compact 26” barrel for $600 and the Franchi Affinity Compact 24” barrel for $900. Both weigh in around 5 lbs. I definitely like the 24” barrel better for turkeys but it comes with added price. I prefer the idea of a inertia driven auto loader to keep it light. I’m looking for opinions from anyone who has used either and have a honest review of them but would like input on anything comparable. Any info would be much appreciated.
     
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    870 compact 20 is the way I'm going
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Do you require an auto? As Skimerhorn said, an 870 is a good setup. It's light (6 LBS), and you can get a barrel as short as 18 3/4". I went with a 21" BBL. Academy has them for $289, and the thumbhole stock is another $70 off the innerwebs, if you want to add that.
     
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    I have looked at the 870’s I was just more looking for an Inertia Driven Auto Loader. Honestly I know 1 lb in weight difference isn’t a lot but when you hike in for public birds in my opinion every pound you can shed is beneficial. I have been searching since April and was looking for opinions or reviews on the Stoger or Franchi cause those two jumped out at me but would be interested in looking at any inertia driven auto loader.
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Understand. And nothing can replace "getting what you want", either. OTOH, the weight difference is literally ounces. Stoeger 3020 is 5lb 8 oz, 870 is 5lb 12 oz to 6 lbs even. I do a lot of public land walking, and you are right, weight adds up on those miles-long walks.
     
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    I'm surprised the auto weighs less
     
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    Heck, I was surprised my buddies pump (835 thumbhole turkey with 20" BBL) weighs the same as my A5 (26" BBL). Some pumps are heavy SOBs. Both weigh 7.25lbs.
     
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    The pumps and gas powered auto loaders typically are close to the same weight. The inertia driven auto loaders are typically the lightest. There are exceptions. The Franchi Affinity Compact 20 with 24” barrel is only 4.6 lbs. My Maxus is light for a gas gun but I think loaded it’s still right at 7lbs. I have a 870 youth model 20 I started turkey hunting with but it’s heavier than my Maxus. That being said it’s 15 years old or better. The newer 870’s may be lighter. But it is usually Pump> Gas powered guns > Inertia Driven (from heaviest to lightest).
     
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    I have an Affinity 20 Gauge that I love. 2 seasons Turkey hunting with and it has been great. I found mine on sale for $700. I think you should be able to do a lot better than $900. I have the full size model with 26inch barrel and have never thought it to be too big of a gun for the turkey woods.
     
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    CZ Ringneck. IM and F chokes.

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