I did get a chance to shoot the drilling a couple weeks ago. Beautiful gun, but that 30-06 is a KILLER I still got a bruise from it.
Sorry you didn't get the gun ATS. Hope it at least stayed in the family where you 'might' have a chance at getting it yet.
I've told hubby to tag any of his guns he wants going to certain people. So when the time comes they'll get what he wants them to have. He just tells me their mine to do with as I please. Like I'll be here at the time. We never know the hand fate will deal us.
Post by RIStrutStopper on Jun 8, 2005 14:10:45 GMT -5
I started out with a general purpose shotgun, but it's turning into a turkey gun... I have an 870 Express, if I'm not mistaken, I bought it the year that model came out. It has a 28" barrel with a bead front sight. I slapped a scope on it for use with my slug barrel for deer. Now that I turkey hunt, that scope is camo taped, and stays on with the vent ribbed barrel. A screw in turkey choke is also a must. I bought a camo stock for the gun, not because I thought I needed it, but because I wanted to put an R3 recoil pad on it and needed a synthetic stock to do so. It works great, I'm no longer a hurting puppy after patterning 3" magnum turkey loads. The receiver and barrel are still not camo, but the turkeys don't seem to mind. My only issues now is, the barrel is too long, I keep getting hung up on anything and everything, especially with the extended choke tube. After getting new stock, recoil pad, several chokes to try, adding a scope, and now maybe getting a new barrel at some point, I probably should have gone out to get a specialized turkey gun.
RIhunter,i had the same long barrel problem with my rem 870 and brwng A500G.i sent one of the barrels to www.choketube.com/ and had it cut to 22.5" and a custom tube installed for hevishot.the cost was about $154 and i am very happy with the barrel length and pattern.i also got a choice of three other reg choke tubes to hunt everything out there.this is probably less than a barrel and has a custom turkey tube that cost from $40-90.
a turkey gun to me is camo'd, has the capabilities to kill a turkey dead at 40-45 yards atleast. Some have tight chokes while other guns have full chokes shooting hevishot. I personally shoot a remington with a 28 inch barrel, camo'd, with a full choke shooting hevishot 3 inch #5's. I can kill a bird 50 yards with this combo. To me a short barrel isn't really worth buying because you can get a better pattern out of a longer barrel.
Post by lonegunman on Jul 22, 2005 22:08:09 GMT -5
What's the old saying..."the only difference between men and boys are the price of their toys" ;D
Turkey guns have become more specialized as turkeys have become more popular to hunt. In most Southern states 25 years ago you didn't have the number of birds or the interest we have today.
As they become more popular to hunt; arms makers became more industrious in the marketing of the weapons to hunters. Today you got shorter barreled guns shooting tighter patterns and just try and find a non-camouflaged shot gun!(Being facetious)
I have a 3.5" 12 gauge but use it for deer.
My turkey gun is a side-by-side 10 gauge made by American Arms.
I got the barrels shortened to 24"s and have XX full chokes on it. It weighs over 12 lbs fully loaded but I can put my shots out to 50 yards with confidence, using 4 or 6 shot.
I still refuse to get it painted but it has a dull grey finish on it and I haven't had any of the 2 dozen or so turkeys I've shot in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina complain. So it'll stay as is.
The .22 hornet is a good turkey killer and was and maybe still is legal in states that have fall seasons.
Many states have done away with fall turkey hunting and have spring only hunts and they don't allow anything but shotguns.
Savage markets a rifle/shotgun combo called the 24F-20 and 24F-12 that can be ordered with a .22 hornet over a 12 or 20 gauge. If they ever allowed center fire rounds for turkeys again, I wouldn't mind trying it out. It's not as expensive as a Drilling but would do!
BTW justannie. A friend has a Colt/Sauer Drilling that he's been offered $5,000.00 for. Hang onto that Drilling of yours, because it's only going UP in value!
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