Field Test: Mossberg 20-Gauge Turkey THUG Shotgun


SD Turkey 2014 263Light and lethal are the two best words to describe this specially designed shotgun from Mossberg. At just 6.25 lbs., the autoloader is ideal for running and gunning, or for those who don’t want to tote a cannon in the woods. Chambered in 3″ magnum, the 22-inch ported barrel makes the shotgun point like a dream; its piccitiny rail will support any sighting option. It comes standard with a 3-dot fiber optic sight, matte blue finish on the barrel, and Mossy Oak Obsession on the synthetic stock.

I took two gobblers with the shotgun on a recent turkey hunt. The second bird really challenged the attributes of this Mossberg. I was able to approach a flock of turkeys feeding in a patch of choke cherries, brush so thick all I could see was movement. Suddenly, the boss gobbler strutted around the patch offering only a second to shoot. With the decoy in my left hand, I aimed the Mossberg 20 like a pistol with my right  and downed the gobbler single handedly. With a MSRP of $615, it’s an affordable shotgun that’s fun to shoot and easy to carry. For more information, visit Mossberg‘s website.