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Savage’s 410 Turkey Guns: Small Bores for Gobblers

Oddly enough, hunting turkeys with the diminutive 410 shotgun has become really popular of late. In fact, the Stevens 301 line of single-shot break-action 410 turkey guns was one of Savage’s top-sellers for 2019, which came as some surprise. I fired one at the 2020 SHOT Show Range Day and was impressed, consistently hitting a steel target at 30 yards.

Savage offers multiple options for hunters who wish to tote a 410, and they say the guns are optimized for Federal HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads. So if you’re thinking ahead about using a 410 during the 2021 turkey season — or you just want a light, reliable reacher-outer shotgun — the Savage Stevens 301 line might be right for you.

301 Turkey

The 301 Turkey is available in 2 Mossy Oak camo patterns for the stock: Bottomland or Obsession. Barrel and action are finished in matte black. With an MSRP of $204, it’s one of the most affordable new turkey guns you can find. This model comes with a picatinny rail for mounting an optic, which you can remove to use the front bead sight. It comes with one choke tube: Extra Full.

Here’s what Savage says about it:

  • Single-shot, break-action shotgun
  • Synthetic stock and fore-end with Mossy Oak Obsession camo
  • 26-inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3-inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore-end
  • Removable one-piece rail for optional optic or red dot
  • Bead sight compatible with TruGlo® sight systems
  • Extra-full choke included (Win. choke pattern ½-32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

301 Turkey XP

Like the previous version, this one comes in Mossy Oak Bottomland or Mossy Oak Obsession. Near as I can tell, the 301 Turkey XP is a 301 Turkey with a 1x 30mm red dot sight mounted on the optics rail. MSRP is $239, so you’re basically paying $35 for the red dot.

Features:

  • Single shot, break action shotgun
  • 1×30 Red Dot Mounted & Boresighted
  • Synthetic stock and fore end with Mossy Oak Obsession camo
  • 26 inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3 inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore end
  • Removable one piece rail
  • Front bead sight
  • Extra full choke included (Win. Choke pattern ½ 32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

301 Turkey Thumbhole

The only non-camouflage version of the 301 series, the 301 Turkey Thumbhole naturally has a thumbhole stock. The stock is olive drab and the gun metal is matte black. Like the basic 301 Turkey, it has an optics rail but doesn’t include an optic. At $219, you’re shelling out an extra $15 for that thumbhole butt stock.

Features:

  • Single-shot, break-action shotgun
  • Rugged, synthetic, olive drab thumbhole stock and forend
  • Ambidextrous cheek riser
  • 26-inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3-inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore-end
  • Removable one-piece rail
  • Front bead sight
  • Extra-full choke included (Win. Choke pattern ½-32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

Interested?

Are you interested in hunting turkeys and other game with a 410? I have to say, 410 is what I started with but I don’t feel a burning urge to return to the little booger when it comes to pursuing game. Am I wrong?

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