Remington Versamax Sportsman Turkey

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I’ve been testing Remington’s newest gas-operated autoloader for a few seasons and it has quickly become my go-to scattergun due to reliable operation with basically any shell I stuff in it. It’s also one of the easiest shooting shotguns I’ve ever fired. Even heavy 3½-loads are, if not comfortable, at least tolerable thanks to a SuperCell recoil pad. The new-for-2013 Sportsman series forgoes a few features of the original Versamax—most of which hunters won’t miss, to come in closer to the $1,000 mark. What you do get is a 26-inch hammer-forged steel barrel, reliable Versaport gas system and durable synthetic stock finished in Mossy Oak Obsession. The one head-scratcher is the use of competition-style Pro Bore chokes, rather than the standard RemChokes of which there are a million aftermarket turkey-specific models available. As it is, the Sportsman Turkey includes an extra-full turkey choke of the Pro Bore variety. ($1,175;

New Turkey Shotguns for 2013

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