April 2000

Gobbler Guns: Should You Pick Pump, Bolt, or Single Shot?

We pit the last of the bolt-action shotgun breed, Savage’s Model 210FT, against the slide-action Mossberg Model 835 Ulti-Mag and the single-shot NEF Pardner SBI to see what you should buy.

[IMGCAP(1)] Spring turkey season brings good adventure and, hopefully, good food to the table for those who venture forth after this big bird. Many, if not most, spring turkey hunters use shotguns (some states permit rifles, some mandate shotguns), and they generally take head shots with Full- or Extra Full-choked barrels at moderate ranges. Range depends on the individual hunter’s skill in calling, the pattern produced by his shotgun, and of course the evasive luck of the chase. No matter the range, the shotgun-equipped turkey hunter must do some very accurate pointing, holding, and squeezing off of the shot. At very close range a shotgun works more like a rifle than a “scatter” gun, and on...

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