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Old 02-26-2012, 07:34 AM   #1
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Thinking of going turkey hunting this spring in NYS and I have a mossberg 500 with what I believe is an 18 inch barrel, maybe slightly longer. Anyway, is this adequate for hunting? Or should I guy a full sized barrie for a turkey shoot?



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Old 02-26-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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18 1/2" in NY is legal but unless you plan on calling the birds in to like 5 yards, you are going to want a longer barrel with probably a full or turkey choke.

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If you have screw in chokes, use a full or extra full choke and the short barrel will work. You will lose some velocity, but not enough to matter.

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Oh, and if you need one, I have an extra full turkey choke tube, Mossberg factory part, new in packaging, just pay shipping

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Oh, and if you need one, I have an extra full turkey choke tube, Mossberg factory part, new in packaging, just pay shipping
Hey robo cop, thanks, I'd appreciate that.
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Shotgun barrel length makes little difference. The choke is the most important factor. But, make sure that you pattern the gun on paper before taking it hunting. Different ammo may pattern differently. Make sure the center of the pattern prints where you aim. I have known some good ole boys to do some plain and fancy missing of turkeys because their full choke was so tight that the pattern flew right past the turkey's head. Sometimes extra full is good and sometimes it too much of a good thing. Depending on the ammo used, weight and size of shot, and shot hardness, your full could pattern like a modified and/or your modified could pattern like a full. You'll never know unless you test it on paper. You wouldn't think of going hunting w/ your rifle without firing a few target groups would you? Then why would a shotgun be any different?
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