Gun Report

NEF Pardner 3 in. 12 gauge

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Its light weight actually worked against it in terms of shooting comfort. It's not a good bet as a dedicated turkey gun, in our view.

NEF Pardner 3 in. 12 gauge

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Clean and simple workmanship, plus outstanding case coloring, are part of what you get with the inexpensive and handy Pardner. The break-open lever is visible behind the hammer. Although we liked this handy shotgun we would not pick it for serious turkey hunting.
Harking back to a simpler time is the attractive and reliable Pardner by New England Firearms Co. This one has a Modified choke on its 27.5-inch barrel. The break-open New England Firearms single shot fired its ejector every time the gun was opened. The hammer serves as the only safety on this gun.
At 40 yards the NEF Pardner's pattern struck too low. Three pellets struck the head/neck area of the turkey target, and this turkey might have been killed. Quite a few pellets banged into the breast area, which would have done little damage to a real turkey because of padding from feathers.

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