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O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by xcaliber » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:25 pm

Folks, I decided to get into turkey hunting with the Kid this spring. I bought a shotgun, etc. Question is, scope or something else for sights? Gun has a sight rail piece, and front brass bead. Kid says use sights, or wait. I think a 1.75 - 4 x 32 would be ideal for my old eyes, help!
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by Deaf jeff » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:36 pm

i have not turkey hunted in a few years now but when i did i used a red dot sight worked well for me
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by georgiaboy » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:37 pm

I use a Trijicon front sight that slides onto the rail of my Mossberg 930
If I remember right it came with a front and rear orange glow sight but I only ever used the front. It’s much brighter than what comes on the gun and completely blocks it out when I put it on. I don’t even remove the factory sight when I install it.
This works fine for me because of the thick cover in the swamps of South Georgia it’s usually a oh s*#! moment when you see the bird and shoulder quickly and shoot.
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by hunter with MS » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:37 pm

I used a simmons pro diamond scope 4x32 worked like a charm took a lot of turkeys with it I have to use a scope . you will get many different answers
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by tcwild » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:38 pm

Red dot for me.

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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by Stepnoutnb » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:41 pm

Ive never hunted turkeys but used a 1.5-5 and a 1.75-4 scope for years deer hunting here in the thick woods of New Brunswick. while still hunting I always made sure the scopes were turned down as low as possible. Just gives a better field of view in the thickets allowing for better target acquisition. Just that little magnification cleared everything up. I can only assume it would improve/enhance your turkey hunting.

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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by 8ptbuk » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:56 pm

Dan, Been hunting turkeys 45 years and guided 20+ of those. I recommend using your factory bead and patterning your gun so you'll know exactly where to hold when you get a opportunity. The No. 1 reason I saw people miss turkeys when I was a guide was having there gun choked too tight! You'll have to shoot a lot of birds at 15/20 yards at times due to the woods greening up. Very easy to miss when they're close!
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by janesy » Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:03 pm

My 11/87 and 870 have irons with truglo or whatever the factory offering is. Both barrels being 20".
I also have a supermag 23" ribbed barrel with snowman style double bead. That barrel has taken lots of turkey, deer and coyotes.

After going full circle turkey hunting, I've returned to a minimalist style of turkey hunting. 3/4 of the time I drop the vest in the bush and go in with a gun and mouth call.
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by janesy » Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:05 pm

8ptbuk wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:56 pm
Dan, Been hunting turkeys 45 years and guided 20+ of those. I recommend using your factory bead and patterning your gun so you'll know exactly where to hold when you get a opportunity. The No. 1 reason I saw people miss turkeys when I was a guide was having there gun choked too tight! You'll have to shoot a lot of birds at 15/20 yards at times due to the woods greening up. Very easy to miss when they're close!
Good point Mike! I shot clean past a big Tom's head back in April. It's easy to miss up close. Everyone talks about how far away you can jelly a Turkey's head, but forgets to practise for the up close one too
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by longbow joe » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:00 pm

I have a 870 Turkey gun with a fuller than full choke and a luepold 4 power it's great but l had some days when a bird came in so darn early that the scope was actually a hinder . So now l prefer just a bead. Most of the shotgun turkeys l killed were less than 15 yards honestly a modified or cylinder with the 3 inch shell could have smoked them. I think the full fuller than full chokes these days are far unnecessary at least for my personal Turkey hunting. That's probably why l use the bow now after the 20th one the shotgun gets a little old.
But any Turkey hunting is fun gun or bow you will have to adjust for yourself l killed a lot with an old 10 guage single shot with #5s it was really hard to miss with that one,a jillion pellets no scope needed .
I have an old Steven's 12 gauge double that has had the chokes "professionally " wacked off.lt is my rabbit/woodcock/grouse gun it is basically improved cylinder but that gun has killed many many Turkeys inside 25 yards with the heavy shot combo shot size Turkey loads its plenty tight for devastating head kills .
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by ihunt » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:01 pm

Pattern your gun and pattern your gun before each season the bead on your shotgun works just fine unless you like gadgets.
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by Carnivorous » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:16 pm

Go red dot and sight in and pattern your gun to hit where the dot is.

It takes the guess work out of it!
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by longbow joe » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:22 pm

Same problem as a scope the red dot is blinding in low light
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by Robinsons Rebel » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:16 pm

I think I've used just about everything out there. I would use fiber optics over plain bead sights. Just easier to see in all light conditions. I prefer a Simmons Pro Diamond scope overall. Just works better for me.A legal bird for me has to have at least a 6 inch beard so a scope helps me out.If the head of the turkey fits in the diamond in the scope, I know its 40 yards. It gives you a definate aim point and believe you're able to pattern your gun better. I use a shot gun saddle so I can use open sights if too close.Plus my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. First time turkey hunters, I'd tell you to start simple.After a few turkey duels, you'll know what to change if you have to.
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Re: O/T Shotgun Turkey Hunters

Post by Timbrhuntr » Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:11 pm

If you want to take the guess work out get a good reflex sight. I have Burris fastfire 3 works best for me. No guessing put the dot on wattles pull trigger. I have used a pro Damond and open sights. Problem is even though they are a dumb bird as some have said they will mess u up. They come in sometimes where you need to turn yourself into an odd aim point. And if you can’t line up sights just watch them walk. But with a reflex if the dot is on the bird it’s dead. I have never had a problem with light conditions they have various powers and auto plus if its to dark it’s probably not shooting time .

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