Gear Guide: How to Prepare a Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

When turkey season rolls around and those gobblers get your trigger finger itching, it's important to make sure your shotgun is ready to help you bring home some tasty sandwich meat.

If you're like me and thousands of others, the thought of buying a dedicated turkey gun to kill one Tom per year just doesn't make sense. Specialized shotguns are great, but odds are you don't have to look far to find a boom stick that's capable of harvesting a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

There's nothing like a good all-purpose shotgun like the old standby Remington 870s and Mossberg 500s. Both pump guns have a glorious experience in all varieties of shotgun applications — and it doesn't take much time or money to transform them into bona fide turkey slayers.

Once your bird meets its leg tag, returning your trusty old pump gun to its pre-turkey hunting configuration only takes a few minutes to make it ready for virtually any other application.

Recently, I had a chance to hunt Illinois turkeys with the Remington 870 Super Mag that I've employed as an all-purpose tool for years now — but this was its first chance to harvest a bearded gobbler. Out of the box, the 870 is more than capable of putting delicious white meat on the table, but a few temporary modifications will greatly increase your chances of enjoying a feast of wild bird.

Check out these ways to prepare a Remington 870 shotgun for turkey hunting, and you'll be ready to harvest a bird you can be truly thankful for.

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