CAR­RY­ING IN THE FIELD

Outdoor Life - - THE LIFE -

I hunted tur­keys with one of my old­est guns this spring.

It’s a Moss­berg 835, a 3 ½-inch 12-gauge pump with a re­ally bad, splotchy, non-pro­pri­etary camo paint job. I bought it at a pawn shop in He­lena, Mont. It’s heavy as hell, and its ported bar­rel—which sends muz­zle blast side­ways—makes it im­pos­si­ble to hunt in a duck blind or any­where my part­ners might be within 20 yards. But it’s killed some­thing like 45 gob­blers, all with the same fac­tory choke that it came with. —An­drew Mck­ean

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