I had a Pardner turkey 3.5". Worst recoil I've ever felt with 3.5" turkey loads. Now I use 1 oz. or 1 1/8 oz. #6 out of my 16 gauge to kill turkeys. I do use 3.5" steel shot in my Remington Versa Max but that gun weighs almost 8 lbs. and is a semi auto so it kicks pretty mild.
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Americans shall be required to submit to a background check to exercise a right already guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment while any foreigner shall be allowed into America without submitting to a background check.
H&R family: Topper 88 16 Gauge Mod, Pardner 16 gauge Full, Model 480 Topper Jr .410 Full, Handi .300 AAC Blackout