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The older I get, the more I've been cutting back on the weight I carry turkey hunting.  When a good friend of mine bought the new Benelli performance shop M2 20 ga., I had to have one.  This is it from Benelli's web site.

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This shotgun weighs just 5.9 pounds and what Rob Roberts does with them is impressive.  In addition to what he does with pattern performance, he ports the barrel to reduce recoil.  It comes with a Burris Fastfire 2 red dot scope.  I was more than impressed when I was patterning it this past weekend with several chokes shooting 3" Nitro TSS 8x9 loads.  Although the Rob Roberts 570 turkey choke that comes with it did well, the Primos TSS Jellyhead 560 performed better with the Nitro loads and had the best uniform pattern at 35 yards (hands down) compared to both the Rob Roberts and the Indian Creek 555 I tested.  Matter of fact...it was the most uniform pattern I've ever seen from any shotgun I've tested before.  After zeroing it at 35 yards, I backed off to 45 yards and compared shot patterns with my Benelli SBE II 12 ga. turkey gun.  The number of pellets in the Nitro 20. ga. 3" TSS loads is essentially the same as the Nitro 12 ga. 3 1/2' loads I've been using in my SBE II.  That's when I really became impressed...the shot pattern and density from the M2 20 ga. was better than my SBE II 12 ga. shooting the same Nitro loads I've been using for years at 45 yards.  I'm not a turkey hunter that's impressed with how far a weapon can kill a turkey.  I'm about coaxing birds inside the 40 yard line.  However...if/when I misjudge the yardage (it happens), I'm confident this M2 will perform as well as my SBE II has.  Season opens here in MS on March 14th...can't wait!

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Sounds like a sweet setup Al.  So a little over a month away you will probably have the new shotgun broke in on a nice MS gobbler.

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Looks good, Al !!!!

We're running Sumtoy tricked-out H&R singles, now.  It is simply AMAZING what a 20 will do, properly tweaked.   And we're shooting "old skool" Federal Hevi 7's...………..not TSS 9's.

 

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