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.410 shotgun

Discussion in 'Want to Buy/Trade Threads' started by jmac_cope, Jun 30, 2012.

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  1. jmac_cope

    jmac_cope Active Member

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    I am looking for my first .410 shotgun. I really do not know a lot about them. My pheasant hunting brother has laid down a challenge saying that .410 can not reliable kill a rooster. I do not think I believe that and want to prove him wrong. I would like to purchase one and practice with it this summer and win a small bet with my brother.

    JMAC
     
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    What are you looking to spend? Rem 1100 or 870 would probably be your best bet. The one Shooting Coach has for sale here is a heck of a deal, I'd buy it myself if I could think of a use for it...
     
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    If you are talking about wild pheasants, with all due respect I believe that your brother is right that a .410 cannot reliably kill pheasants under normal conditions. Occasionally you may get a close shot with no wind that may make a clean kill or possibly if you are a blocker on a calm day. Unless you are exceptional about picking your shots and are an extremely good shot I am afraid that alot of pheasants will be hitting the ground wounded and running off - even with a good dog - just to win a small bet with your brother. I have folded them up solidly with a stout 12 ga. load only to see them escaping through the brush as I ran over to where they hit the ground.
     
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    +++++1

    Reliably is the operative word.

    You can kill deer with a 22...but not reliably.
     
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    The 410 is a pheasant crippler deluxe.
     
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    You are asking the Wienie Gun to perform a monumental task.

    Perhaps with a handload of copper plated 5's, 3/4 oz at 1200 fps, but only out to 15-20 yards. If you are willing to be afield all day for perhaps that ONE shot, go for it. OTOH, a day afield with a friend and good dogs is one of the better things in life.

    Best to let him win the bet and get more gun.
     
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    Fifty plus years I killed my first Mallard and first Pheasant with a Stevens 3" hammer action single shot full choke 410. Bought the gun for $29.95 and it is in the safe today. There is a group of hunters from Dallas that hunt Lesser can and Specks at Webfoot Connection lodge with 410s and get limits.
     
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    It can be done. I learned to shoot with a single shot 410. Dad told me when I could hit consistently with it I could use a bigger gun. Shot alot of quail & pheasants with it. Used 3 inch 6s for everything but doves. Yes there are better guns for the job. But I can honestly say I've killed many limits of game with that old 410. Rich
     
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    win a bet? tell your brother to quit picking on the dummy.
     
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    Now OZ, be nice! LOL

    Limits of waterfowl and pheasant indeed.
     
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