Hunters have harvested trophy gobblers for decades, however, having shotguns optimized for turkey hunting makes it easier to put out devastating patterns on target. Here are some of the best new turkey guns ready for the field in 2020.
Savage Renegauge Turkey
Savage’s new Renegauge gas-driven shotgun uses a dual-valve gas system to vent excess gases before—not after—it drives the bolt. In addition to soft-shooting 12-gauges, Savage is also launching a turkey-specific model.
The Renegauge Turkey wears a 24-inch vent rib barrel, Mossy Oak camo finish, fiber optic sights and comes with four chokes. The 12-gauge chambers 2-3/4 and 3-inch shells and holds 4+1 rounds. The synthetic stock is adjustable for LOP and comb height as well as drop and cast.
Pricing on the Renegauge Turkey is $1,549. For those that like the idea of the Renegauge aren’t interested in bagging turkeys, Savage also offers Field and Waterfowl editions.
Tristar Viper G2 Turkey 410
Tristar’s Turkish-made Viper G2 Turkey semi-automatic shotguns have been around for almost five years, yet 2020 sees another addition to the gobbler-busting fleet. A baby bore .410 joins the existing line of 12- and 20-gauge G2 Turkeys. There are multiple camo pattern options, with each gun wearing a rubberized pistol grip and 24-inch barrel for quick handling in the woods.
The receivers are drilled and tapped for easy optics mounting, an important feature given the growing desire to use optics on big birds. MSRP on the gas-driven gobbler models is $655, making it the most affordable semi-auto specialty model.
Mossberg SA-410 Turkey
Love the trend or not, there’s no denying that the .410 bore is the fastest-growing turkey market in both specialty guns and ammunition. Mossberg already entered that realm last year with a gobbler-specific Model 500 pump action 410.
For 2020, the company makes the addition to their semi-automatic shotgun platform with the SA-410 Turkey. These small-frame, 6.5-pound scatterguns wear Mossy Oak Bottomland camo and a 26-inch barrel. The SA-410 Turkey comes topped with an XX-Full extended turkey choke in addition to a user-friendly fiber optic ghost ring rear sight.
These features work together alongside an incredibly light recoil to produce enjoyable hunting for every age. Mossberg’s SA-410 Turkey retails for $735.
Stevens 301 Turkey XP
Whoever says specialty turkey shotguns must be expensive has never met the Stevens Model 301 single shots. The Stevens Model 301 single shots saw an upgrade in features all the while maintaining an incredibly affordable price point.
The 301 Turkey XP features a break action with a 26-inch barrel and extended extra full choke. The XP variant includes a mounted and bore-sighted 1×30 red dot optic. Offering Mossy Oak stocks and a removable Picatinny rail, the lightweight 301 series weighs in at just over 5-pounds.
Chambered in .410 bore and 20-gauge, the 301 Turkey XP makes a great run-and-gun companion in addition to being “newbie” friendly. The new Stevens 310 Turkey XP is priced at $239.
Retay Gordion Turkey
Turkish-made Retay shotguns provide inertia driven semi-autos built on a reputation of high-end features with more affordable in-class prices. Both the Masai Mara and Gordion lines offer plenty of hunting-specific models, but it’s the new Gordion Turkey that piques our interest.
With a 24-inch barrel, Picatinny rail, a quick-unload system, and a fiber-optic sight, the 12-gauge Gordion is built for turkeys with a 2-3/4 or 3-inch chamber. The guns feature full camo coverage, with options in either Mossy Oak Bottomland or Realtree Timber. The Gordion Turkey also ships with five chokes.
Everything comes packed in a hard case for an MSRP of $925. It’s worth noting that hunters desiring a 20-gauge may want to wait for the just-announced and scaled-down Masai Mara, which will eventually include a smaller gauge Masai Mara Turkey.
Stoeger M3500 Predator/Turkey
The company is known primarily for budget-friendly firearms ventures into the world of longbeards—and varmints—with their new M3500 Predator/Turkey model.
This inertia driven semi-auto 12-gauge uses a wieldy 24-inch ported barrel, Mossy Oak’s new Overwatch camo pattern and a rubberized pistol grip. Like most others on our list, the M3500 is drilled and tapped for optics mounting.
Like all other 12-gauges made this year, the Stoeger M3500 chambers both 2-3/4 and 3-inch shells, forgoing the 3-1/2 magnums in favor of using specialty ammo with what is proving to be superior patterns.
MSRP on the new coyote and gobbler busting model is $929 and that includes a paracord sling.