Weatherby PA-08 Turkey

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A friendly price doesn’t necessarily mean no frills as this pump-action turkey gun so aptly illustrates. It features a durable, CNC-machined alloy receiver and the kind of wood-to-metal finish one would expect from a gun made by Weatherby. The 22-inch barrel is a dream to carry and swing in the thick, brushy turkey woods of spring, plus it has been chrome-lined to stand up to hard, hot high-density turkey loads that are so popular. A 3-inch chamber might seem limiting in today’s bigger-is-better world, but I personally wouldn’t want to shoot anything heavier in a pump gun, despite the company’s claim that the barrel’s lengthened forcing cone reduces felt recoil. And true to Weatherby’s history of going their own way, they opt for Mothwing Spring Mimicry camo dip on the synthetic stock and forend. ($399;

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