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if your on the fence about a 20ga...JUMP

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Unread 04-18-2013, 01:20 PM
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if your on the fence about a 20ga...JUMP

I bought a mossberg 500 bantaam..put a cheap undertaker xt
choke (571 constriction) and am shooting the Magnum Blend
ammo...WOW..I put this together for my son..he killed a boss ton at 47the yards
and the bird didn't flop..I have used it to take two more from 25 and 44
yards ...only the closer bird flopped somewhat...I will sell my Benelli
and will use this gun..(or one just like it) from now on...you must
shoot the magnum blends for this result ..regular turkey ammo
wont do it...moderate recoil easy carrying ...and all out of a 22inchvixen barrel
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Unread 04-20-2013, 07:58 PM
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Re: if your on the fence about a 20ga...JUMP

Good info. What is/who makes "magnum blend"?
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Unread 05-01-2013, 06:55 PM
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Re: if your on the fence about a 20ga...JUMP

I and my wife both shoot the 500 mossberg, factory full choke, remington nitro 3" #5, just shot 3 toms in TN over past 2 weeks, one 55 yards, one 50 yards, one 60 yards, all mature toms and DRT.

Ive shot about 15 birds with this gun including my Oseola and they are fun
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Unread 05-07-2013, 12:07 PM
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Re: if your on the fence about a 20ga...JUMP

Gets my vote also. My wife and I had 835's for years and lots of turkeys. Bought the 20 ga. youth 870 laminated for our grandson who's not near old enough yet. Put in a primos tightwad for $20 and that thing is amazing. Killed two right off at 40+ and went straight and bought another just like, same results. Sold one of the 835's and almost paid for both 870's. I also use the Hevi mag blend and also the Hevi turkey #7 shot. Both work good, but I've found that the hevi shot 3" #5 works best for me.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 06:50 PM
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Re: if your on the fence about a 20ga...JUMP

An 835 has always been my primary turkey killer, but the farthest kill I've ever gotten on a turkey was with my 870 Express 20ga with the stock full choke.

It was a fall tag and I was hunting the top of our property. I hit a hen at 67 paces and she went down hard!

Like I wrote in another thread if you can shoot the lighter shot loads have more speed and more killing power at distance. You will always beat the patter of a 12ga also because of the smaller barrel.

My dad's 500 always patterned better than my 835 too. I don't know why I've always kept the same 835 going into my 19th season. I don't have one damn good thing to say about it lol!
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