hurtin_honkers wrote:My thought for the day, with turkey hunting up and coming is wondering if all the new advances in chokes, barrels, ammo, wads, and shot are worth it? Recently I had to change stocks on my remington 870 20gauge youth, (cracked stock) and once I put the synthetic black stock on it got creative and bought a saddle mount, and a red dot, and it gotm me thinking. For turkeys I use my rem 12 gauge 1100 with a fixed modified barrel. For those who do not know, that means the barrel does not take a choke tube. I have patterned turkey loads, and waterfowl loads and buck shot loads, and I have found that the longest shot I should take is 30-35 yards. The pattern is very wide, which makes it a perfect bird gun. Now I have missed 2 turkeys with this gun (both first turkeys of the year) and both were around 50 yards. I know a lot of people who buy super tight chokes, expensive flight control ammo that holds tighter patterns longer, and with shot heavier than lead to be more lethal at far ranges, and even scopes. But I can honestly say I have had so much more fun and it's been way more exciting getting that bird 20 yards or even closer, (closet shot about 10 yards) where your adrenaline is pumping and u can hear the bird breath almost. What's the excitement in shooting a bird at 60 yards?
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