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I was talking to a buddy that grew up in PA.We were telling hunting stories,and talking about guns we have had.He said that as a young man he hunted everything in those woods(PA) with a .410 shotgun--he said yeah,i took down deer with slugs,and everything else,rabbits or whatever with shot.It got me to thinking--yeah,what a versatile little gun--i might by one for my daughter.A little break action 410...it would be a great little gun to start her on--training her with a daisy (buck)bb gun now... ^c
Yeah, a .410 isn't a bad all around gun. I like the 20 gauge too. The only shotgun I own is a 12ga 870 express. I think it is perfect for the bird hunting I do but I kind of want to get a 20ga, the .410 seems like it would be a great starter shotgun though.
I always thought a Snake Charmer 410 shotgun would be a nice little trunk gun.
In my Florida youth, it would not be uncommon to hear a BANG at the local swimming hole as somebody dispatched a water moccasin.
Wasn't a big deal back then.
Now-a-days, somebody would call the law and cause all kinds of fuss...
engineer--yeah,change is not always a good thing.Seems there is a serious lack of clear thinking these days.
My only complaint with the .410 is the price of ammo. :(
I use a .22/.410 Savage a lot for rabbits and my wife shoots a Rem. 1100 .410 for skeet. I also hone my skills some but it's too expensive to shoot much.
That and availability of the ammo. .410 are great small game guns , but outside of that 20/12ga has the upper hand. Also everything the .410 can do the 12ga can do and do it better IMHO.
In spite of the small, light weight of the .410 it can be extremely difficult for beginners to hit running or flying game with it. (A .410 makes a much better expert/special purpose gun.) A light loaded 20 gauge is much better for teaching beginners with. It throws a heavy enough charge to be effective for most small/upland game and with a slug makes a decent deer getter. (.410 slugs have and will kill deer but they seriously lack energy. Less effective than even a .357 handgun.)
I'd always start newbie's with a 20 gauge and save the .410 for an experienced shooter looking for a challenge. (A .410 can be good for first exposure for youngsters with static targets, to get the feel of recoil and safe gun handling.)
I know not everyone feels that way, but just my opinion!
Good luck with starting a new shooter!
I'll second akbound's recommendation. The 20 gauge offers so much more for less cost (ammo).
I have a Stevens Model 24B-DL Over-Under. In my opinion it's the "perfect" rabbit gun....22 mag. on top with 20 ga. below. A lethal combo for hoppers! (as well as many other types of game).
Also, if you go 20 ga...you generally will get the added benefit of 3" magnum capability in most models/makes of break-open single-shots. This chambering offers her the option for geese and turkey hunting someday.
Good information guys--thanks for the replies!!!^c
Heck, I learned to shoot on my Dad's (which is now mine) Ithaca .410 crack barrel hunting quail. Taking a bead on those little missiles requires patience, and a .410 will definitely hone your shooting skills. I'm a better shooter for it.
A .410 is an experts gun. Somebody just learning won't come back if they can't hit anything.
A 28 is an ideal starter gauge but shells cost too much for the average Joe.
A 3" 20 is perfect for target/hunting under most conditions. And practice ammo's cheap, too, if there's a Wal-Mart handy.
I agree the .410 is hard to hit flying targets with, even though me and a buddy used to use two .410 for hunting mountian quail but we rarely hit anything, it was more just for fun. I would get a good quality gas operated 20 gauge
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