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Old May 17th, 2017, 04:56 PM   #1
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What do I feed this? (New gun and pic)

Recently I received a 20 gauge over/under as a family hand me down. It is in great shape. But I have not previously gotten into shotguns, so I know very little about what to feed this one.

What is a good turkey load? Turkeys are over the place where I live. Maybe I can be successful this autumn season.

What is a good home defense load? Don't want to be unprepared, especially with all the crazed meth heads doing home invasions these days.

This is the youth size. Shorter pull by about two inches. Good for the small people in the household. And 22" bbls. Trigger is kind of trick. Single trigger that recocks for the second barrel upon firing the first. Like a two shot semi auto.

This is the model, but not my gun:

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Old May 17th, 2017, 06:00 PM   #2
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4-6 # shot is what you will want for turkeys. Or at least that what I use, hevi shot makes some ammo called coyote killers. Those will fill most any bill.

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I had a Condor in 12ga. Paid $299.00 for it brandynoo. I thought it was a good gun for the money. Still do. It had threaded chokes. I read some where not to give them a steady diet of 'magnum' rounds as they can loosen up from that. My other complaint is that the barrels weren't matched well at all. The top bbl shot to point, but the bottom bbl grouped quite a bit lower. But at longer distances this seemed to make less of a difference. Even with these issues, given the price point, I would still consider it a good 'knock around' trunk gun. Feed it any standard vel. shells that fit the game. My choice for turkey would be #4 up to BB. Tough birds that don't go down easy. For anti crack head loads, I'd go the usual buck shot loads from #2 up to 000.

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I had a Condor in 12ga. Paid $299.00 for it brandynoo. I thought it was a good gun for the money. ..
Thanks for the rating on this. Seems new ones are closer to 450 iron men these days. Yours must have been a while ago.

Thanks for the heads up on barrel alignment, or whatever it's called.

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Stamp check your state laws before you shoot a turkey with buckshot. That is illegal in my state. DNR ticket for illegally harvesting a turkey is not a cheap mistake.

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Stamp check your state laws before you shoot a turkey with buckshot. That is illegal in my state. DNR ticket for illegally harvesting a turkey is not a cheap mistake.
Has to be taken with shotgun, not rifle. Not sure there is a shot size requirement. But it does have to be lead-free shot now. Turks fall under the upland game bird section of the regs, even though they are larger than many fur bearers.

I counted 12 in my yard. The day after season closed. When I was weed whacking I came across some chicks about the size of a shoe down near the creek where there was a lot of tall grass cover. Scared them for sure. But I steered clear of their location.

Just shutting a car door will set these birds to gobbling across the canyon 200 yards away. They are nice to have in the yard because they dig up and eliminate the ground wasp and yellow jack nests.

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You ever eaten a wild turkey, stamp mill? It's no Butterball...Do you have a crock pot cooker? I have them running around my yard too, everyday, I stopped hunting them many years ago.

But to each his own...I used 3" BB loads and a Full choke, aim for the head.

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Crock pot or cut the breast into thin strips and deep fry is the only way they are good to me.

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