5 Great Turkey Guns Under $500

by
posted on May 7, 2018
shotgun_under_500.jpg

It’s officially springtime in the good old United States. That means saying goodbye to the last of the wicked winter weather and forgetting about those indoor stints that made you feel like you’re serving hard time in the clink. Instead, it’s time roam the newly sprouting woods and fields bursting with color so vibrant it radiates and warms the soul. And let’s not forget the most important of springtime endeavors: chasing turkeys.

If you’ve not caught the bug, well, that’s probably because you haven’t had the opportunity to hear the thunderous gobble of a love-struck tom as his fire-engine red head becomes visible through the mangery of greens so brilliant they could blind you. Perhaps you don’t know where to start, have no turkey-addicted compadres (though I doubt that’s the case) or simply haven’t’ the gear—or gun—to get the job done. Well, excuses be dammed, we should be able to help you out with at least one of those problems.

Of course, if you’re already attending weekly “Turkey Addicts Annonymous” meetings, then perhaps this information will simply provide your “fix” for the next few minutes. At any rate, here is a list of five great turkey shotguns that’ll effectively do the job of both dropping a longbeard and getting you hooked on turkey hunting that can be found for around $500—or much less—on store shelves.

1. Mossberg 535 ATS Turkey
A crossover between the Mossberg 500 and the 835, the pump-action 535 ATS shotgun sports a 3.5-inch chamber, the beefy twin-action bars and dual exctractors Mossberg is known for, and a Marble Arms Bullseye Fiber Optic Sight. At only 6 ½ pounds with a 22-inch barrel, it’s an out-of-the-package turkey killing machine. MSRP: $542; 
mossberg.com.

2. Remington Model 870 Express Turkey Camo
It’s the best-selling shotgun in history for a reason. The 870 is a workhorse and has been taking critters large and small since before many of us were born. The 3-inch 870 Express turkey gun comes with a synthetic stock covered in Mossy Oak Break-Up, a short 21-inch barrel, a solid milled receiver and the knowledge that it’ll still work when it’s time to pass it on to your grandchildren. MSRP: $492; remington.com.

3. Benelli Nova
The Nova's steel skeleton makes it strong, and the polymer material outside makes it impervious to weather. A magnum-weilding 3 ½-inch chamber will throw any load you’re willing to shoulder and the mid-bead and red-bar front sigh make lining up of a gobblers dome an easy task. The version with Realtree APG camo and a 24-inch barrel is the ideal choice for turkey hunting. MSRP: $549; benelliusa.com.

4. Midland Backpack
Available in .410-bore, 12- and 20-gauge, this little single-shot, break-barrel shotgun is so small and compact that it just screams to be brought into the turkey woods. It folds almost completely in half to a size that’ll fit in most backpacks, has a synthetic stock, storage compartment in the buttstock, and at under 5 pounds, you’ll forget you’re carrying it. Interchangeable barrel options are just icing on the cake. MSRP: $150; shootmidland.com.

5. Winchester SXP NWTF Turkey Hunter
One of the fastest pump guns on the market, for 2018 Winchester teamed with the NWTF and upgraded the SXP to include an Invector-Plus turkey choke, a Mossy Oak Obsession paint job, and TruGlo fiber optic adjustable sights. The 12-gauge SXP has a 3 ½-inch chamber, a 24-inch barrel, chrome plated chamber and bore, and a drop-out trigger group for easy cleaning. MSRP: $519.99; winchesterguns.com.

 

Latest

S&W 350 Lifestyle
S&W 350 Lifestyle

Smith & Wesson Introduces Model 350

Smith & Wesson has introduced the Model 350, the company's first production revolver chambered in the powerful straight-walled 350 Legend.

Members' Best 2022

Be it a bucket list hunt in a land of giants, an anniversary escape with a loved one, a quick scouting trip turned big-buck showdown or the culmination of a trophy slam, American Hunter readers searched for and found opportunity near and far this past year.

First Look: Buck Bourbon Rack House Blind

Veil Camo has announced the integration of its Wideland Camo pattern with the new Buck Bourbon Rack House 300+ One Way Mesh hunting blind.

First Look: Canvas Cutter Dominator 2.0 Bedroll

The Dominator 2.0 Bedroll is Canvas Cutter’s flagship outdoors sleep solution, designed for any backpacking, hunting, fishing, or camping adventure.

Florida Expands Gator-Hunting Hours and Equipment

Gargantuan gators beware! Florida's 2022 hunting season started on Monday, 8/15 with brand new rules regarding hunting hours and acceptable equipment.

First Look: Alps OutdoorZ Elite Backcountry Pack System

Alps OutdoorZ has announced a new frame and pack system developed for backcountry hunters: the ultralight, modular Elite frame and pack bags.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.