Gobbler Getters in Every Gauge

by Vern Evans

Obsessive turkey hunters (there is no other kind) understand that the right shotgun is crucial for a successful hunt. Whether you prefer lightweight and innovative small gauges, the ultimate power of a 10 Gauge, or something in between, there’s a shotgun out there to meet your specific turkey hunting needs. Each model brings unique qualities to the table, catering to different preferences and hunting styles. The key to successful turkey hunting lies not only in your skill and strategy but also in choosing a shotgun that complements your hunting style and the land you hunt.

Stevens 23219 M301 Turkey XP 410

Weighing in at only 5 pounds 6 ounces, the airy Stevens 301 Turkey XP 410 might make you think it’s an all-around lightweight. But when paired with tungsten-based ammunition like Federal Premium Heavyweight TSS, the little Stevens single shot will flatten gobblers at distances that are simply astounding. Specifically designed for turkey hunting, the 301 Turkey XP features a 26-inch barrel with an extra-full turkey choke for enhanced accuracy and range already installed. While it’s a breeze to carry on your shoulder, the little Stevens is a hurricane-grade force in the turkey woods.

Mossberg SA-28 Tactical Turkey

Tactical, practical, lethal, and extremely cool—that’s the Mossberg SA-28 Tactical Turkey, a semi-automatic shotgun that bridges the gap between modern firearms and elements of traditional turkey hunting guns. Chambered in 28-gauge, the SA-28 offers a balance of low recoil and deadly effective performance. This shotgun features a 22-inch ventilated rib barrel with an extended turkey choke already installed, a rubberized and “grippy” pistol grip for better handling, and a Picatinny rail for optics of your choosing. The SA-28 weighs right around 6 pounds, making it an easy carry no matter how many ridges you need to cover. Its gas-driven action provides soft-shooting and virtually zero maintenance—it’s a Mossberg, after all—making it a reliable choice for turkey hunters looking to explore new options in smaller gauges and ultimate woods mobility​​​​​​.

Benelli M2 Turkey

The Benelli M2 is renowned for its reliability and performance in wing shooting and competition. The M2 Turkey brings that reliability and performance—thanks in no small part to Benelli’s inertia-driven system—to turkey hunters. It’s also equipped with the ComforTech® system for up to 48 percent less recoil. The M2 Turkey has already been patterned with Federal Premium Ammunition, with printouts of its performance included with the gun. Mossy Oak Bottomland camo ensures concealment and a Burris® FastFire II™ Red Dot Reflex sight is already installed. All in all, the Benelli M2 Turkey is a turnkey turkey killer right out of the box.

Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen

The Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen is a modern iteration of the classic auto-5 shotgun. It’s a 16-gauge shotgun that offers a perfect middle ground between the 12-gauge and 20-gauge, providing a balance of power and manageability. The A5 Sweet Sixteen features the renowned Kinematic Drive system, ensuring reliability under various conditions. It’s also known for its reduced recoil and smooth shooting experience, making it a prime option for hunters who prefer a lightweight yet effective shotgun for turkey hunting.

Henry’s Model H015T-12

If you’re into simplicity and reliability, the Henry’s Model H015T-12 is the turkey gun for you. This single-shot, break-action, camoed shotgun appeals to hunters who appreciate the concept that fewer moving parts means fewer things can go wrong. The 12-gauge is designed with a focus on durability and ease of use, featuring a smooth break action and a comfortable stock. The H015T-12 brings a straightforward, no-frills look and attitude to turkey hunting. With a robust build and unquestioned Henry reliability, the H015T-12 is a handsome and dependable choice for hunters who value a classic hunting experience and live the mantra: Make that first shot count.

Browning BPS 10 Gauge

Combine legendary Browning quality with the ultimate turkey-thumping power of a 10 gauge and you get the Browning BPS 10 Gauge. This pump-action big bird gun throws a vast swarm of shot downrange with velocity, ensuring an anchored tom. The BPS features a bottom ejection and loading system, making it ambidextrous and suitable for both right and left-handed shooters. Known for durability, smooth pump action, and the ability to perform in various weather conditions, the BPS 10 Gauge is a top choice for hunters who don’t want to harbor any doubts about their shotgun when a gobbler comes calling.

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