The 410 Shotgun Round

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    The 410 Shotgun Round

    Is a .410 too small for deer hunting?



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    I would not use it for deer hunting.Too small ,would be effective
    if close enough and placement was good.

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    A .410 is almost too small for squirrel hunting.

    At its very best for deer, using a 1/5 Oz. slug only approximates a
    .357 mag which is considered marginal on a deer. In many states, its not even legal for deer.

    While deer have been killed and will continue to be killed with a .410, it is cetainly not the best tool for the job.

    A 20 guage with slugs is much better if you are concerned about recoil.

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    Thanks. The reason I was asking was that I am planning on buying a shotgun for hunting before deer gun season (after I buy another pistol). While browsing I ran across a really cool 410 shotgun/45long colt rifle from H&R and was hoping that it would work.

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    The .45 LC might be a good close range option for deer, though.
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    I know a .410 is posible. Although I would strongly recomend against it.
    My grandfather shot several whitetail with a 20ga. He didnt like the results. He shot over 67 whitetail during his lifetime (mostly with a .30-30).


    The .45 LC might be a good close range option for deer, though.
    Heck yeah! I think it would be great for close range. Especly if you handload. You can pump a .45 up to .44mag power.

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    Not a deer load IMO, but very effective on Armadillos.

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    I'd also say not big enough for a deer load. While it's possible, you need to get a good shot from close range. Not ideal unless you are a better hunter than I (lots better, 'cause I'm terrible).
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    [A .410 is almost too small for squirrel hunting.]

    you nailed it on the head there, ive seen more than one squirrel limp away from a hit with a 410 [now they werent hit with a slug]but i would say that it would at least be marginal on deer. just my two cents worth

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    NO,NO,PLEASE, NO. Hunting should be a humane sport.

    Why would anybody use a .410 when there are soooooooo many other great weapons out there ?? -------

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    If time permits I'd use it as a .45Colt rifle and work up some decent loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock
    very effective on Armadillos.
    That hilarious! I didnt know you were allowed to shoot them. Then again I've never actually seen one, not too many of em roaming the woods of PA.

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    Armadillo visit

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    That hilarious! I didnt know you were allowed to shoot them. Then again I've never actually seen one, not too many of em roaming the woods of PA.
    I had the unfortunate pleasure of having an armadillo enter our tent in Texas while camping with Wife #1's family. The armadillo was fine; the pack of dogs in hot pursuit were another story! 3 made it into the tent, the armadillo exited, and eventually the dogs found the door and followed. I hope the little fella got away - I didn't know they could be fast!

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    The Pennsylvania Armadillo is very difficult to take with a .410
    Our Cold Winters make them much tougher up here.

    I would go with a 12 for deer.

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    Great for killing snakes. Small game also, but not a deer.

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