I would not consider myself an expert turkey hunter. But I was fortunate enough to have tried many different shotguns and I settled on a Mossberg pump because the price was right and it was camouflaged it had a red dot and I needed one for that spring turkey season. I am not what you would call recoil sensitive but the first time I pulled the trigger on a 3 1/2 inch mag shell it knocked my glasses off. Later, I got to try a semi auto called the Remington versa max. This was a game changer to me very soft shooting and patterned great. While searching I found one on LRH and the price was right and it is a real pleasant gun to shoot. I still don’t shoot 3 1/2 inch mags as I just don’t think they’re needed for the 50-60 yards I shoot. My wife and I also use Winchester Longbeard. She routinely takes turkeys at 40 yards or so with her 20 gauge… Makes me wonder why I have to have a 12 gauge for turkey hunting… Other than just being a Tim the tool man Taylor type of guy.