IN REVIEW: HENRY’S NEW SINGLE SHOT CAMO TURKEY SHOTGUN
Are turkeys on your game tag?
Spring turkey season is around the corner. With that in mind, I requested the all-new Henry Arms Single Shot Camo Turkey Gun for review. I stopped by my good friends at Silverado Arms Ltd. to pick up this quite impressive little shotgun. I do mean small at 6.78 lbs. and only 39.5″ in overall length. A single shot shotgun like this one can pack a 24″ barrel onto a shorter overall weapon. This shotgun will be easy to pack deep into the woods. Completely clad in Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage this turkey slayer melts into the outdoors with ease. Just don’t forget where you set it down though when afield!
Is that a plastic stock you ask? No, it most certainly is not but a cleverly disguised American Walnut stock with Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage expertly applied. Remember when firing heavy 12 gauge 3.5″ magnum turkey loads, a solid quality American walnut stock with a solid black rubber recoil pad is much appreciated.
Note sling studs are also present along with positive retention stock and forearm checkering. Fully adjustable fiber optic front and rear rifle sights allow you to sight perfectly where the center of your shot pattern is hitting. If you prefer a scope or a red dot scope the receiver is drilled and tapped for a Weaver 82 scope mount. So many options with this single shot turkey gun.
Let’s take a look at the core of the patterning system. The Henry Arms Single Shot Camo Turkey Gun uses the familiar internally threaded Rem-Choke series choke tubes. Supplied with a tight constriction turkey choke this shotgun will also use any Rem-Choke you want. Think about that. Change to an improved cylinder for deer season and use those rifled sights for rifled shotgun slugs. You could also replace the choke tube with a rifled one and fire accurate sabot slugs too. Mount a red dot sight or scope if you like. There are so many options right at your fingertips making this more than just a turkey shotgun.
A close-up of the business end shows the turkey choke is an extended tube with finger knurling. Also, check out just how intricate the Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage really is up close.
Here is an up-close image of the rubber recoil pad end of the American walnut stock hidden under the Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage. The length of pull is at a proper length of 14″ and the fit of metal to wood is quite well done.
Did I mention the rebounding safety hammer negates any need for a clumsy external safety that is common on competitor’s weapons in the modern age? I certainly applaud Henry Arms for making that all come together in a more gracefully safe form.
Range day is the only way to successfully gauge the usefulness and reliability of any firearm. Shotgun loads that were fired at life-size turkey targets 30 yards away are as follows:
- Federal Premium 3″ Magnum 12 Gauge 1-3/4 Ounce Copper Plated #4 Lead Shot
- Remington Nitro Turkey 3″ Magnum 12 Gauge 1-7/8 Ounce #5 Lead Shot
- PMC Turkey Load 3″ Magnum 12 Gauge 2 Ounce #4 Nickel Plated Lead Shot
- Remington Premier Magnum 3.5″ Magnum 12 Gauge 2-1/4 Ounce #4 Copper Plated Lead Shot
- Winchester Super-X Heavy Game Load 2.75″ 12 Gauge 1-1/8 Ounce #4 Lead Shot
Stepping back 30 yards I fired one shell at each target of the above loads for patterning. As with any weapon, you must test out various loads to see which ones your firearm prefers. Shotguns can be extremely finicky about what loads they pattern the tightest with. Without adjusting the rifle sights as they came from the factory (other than a visual look to make sure they lined up with the bore when the shotgun is opened) the results were made. Curiously the heaviest hammer load I had on hand, the Remington 3.5″ Magnum load of 2-1/4 ounce of #4 copper-plated shot did not pattern well at all. All boom, recoil kick, and minimal target bite. At the other end of the spectrum is the Remington Nitro Turkey 3″ Magnum 1-7/8 Ounce #5 lead shot load. The target got plastered by lethal hits above all other loads tested. That load has tested well in other turkey hunting shotguns I have fired them in so don’t overlook un-plated lead shot for turkey hunting.