Another consideration when you have your back against a tree is recoil. Nothing is more painful than touching off a magnum shell with your shoulder backed up against a 100 year old oak. That’s why I prefer a gas driven, semi-automatic when turkey or varmint hunting. The gas system simply smooths out the recoil impulse.

The rubberized pistol grip found on the Escort serves two vital functions. It enhances your stability and trigger control when taking a carefully aimed shot, and it places your hand in a position to soak up just a bit of recoil as well. The Escort is fitted with a 1-inch-thick rubber recoil pad, but it’s unforgiving. I would recommend replacing it with one of the newer high-tech pads.

I would also recommend the use of a ported turkey tube to further tame felt recoil and muzzle flip. The Escort’s 24-inch barrel comes fitted with an extended turkey tube with a restriction of 0.665 inch, which is almost universal in the world of extra-full turkey chokes. As you can see from the killer patterns delivered at 40 yards with Winchester XX turkey loads, the factory choke gets the job done in spades. In addition to the turkey tube, the Escort comes with C, IC, M, IM and F tubes as well.