Like it or not, Americans have an obsession with “the new.” We can’t go a year without wanting to upgrade our nearly new pickup, or our hunting and fishing gear. Every time we see the newest version of something, it’s like we are compelled to slap down our credit cards and take home the latest and greatest. But new isn’t always better! Take your turkey gun, for example. While you are busy drooling over the 2018 models, the trusty shotgun you are already used to is just waiting for a couple simple upgrades to make it the gun you really want.
Now, let’s ask a gun shop in Olathe, KS about the most recommended gun accessories for turkey hunting.
Buy a new stock
People get wrapped up in all sorts of aspects of a gun—its sights, its trigger pull, its weight—but not many people get excited about the stock. No matter how old and ugly a shotgun might be, a new stock can make a night and day difference in how it shoots. What’s more is that off-the-shelf shotguns aren’t often perfectly fitted to the shooter who’s buying them. Buying a stock that is the right length can make a huge difference in your accuracy and overall shooting comfort.
Eyes on the prize
Let’s face it—those crusty old brass sights on your current turkey gun aren’t going to win any prizes for their accuracy. They’ve been banged around in heavy brush and wild country, so maybe it’s time for a more visible, practical option. The good news is that there are more options on the market than you could shake a stick at. From red dot optical sights to high-visibility post sights, there is almost no excuse for missing what you are shooting at when you upgrade your sights. Like your stock, your sights are an essential part of the gun that often gets overlooked.
Invest in choke tubes
One of the nicest parts about modern hunting shotguns is the ability to focus the shot with choke tubes. If you’ve never used them and have written off your gun as being only “sort of accurate,” put down that shiny new shotgun and pick up some tubes. Right out of the gate you’ll notice tighter, more consistent groups at the range and in the field.
Buy decent ammo
It can be tempting to save cash with some less-expensive ammo, but the reality is that the cheap stuff means more cleaning, more missed trophies and less accuracy in some cases. It may feel better at the cash register, but when you have a turkey lined up in your sights you’ll wish you had the good stuff for the shots that count. People will talk for days about how accurate their gun is without ever considering the huge role their ammo plays.
Before you head out on your next turkey hunting trip, drop by Harrison Street Pawn. At our gun shop in Olathe, KS, we carry a range of guns and ammunition to satisfy your needs. Visit us today!