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School me on 410 shotguns #5434601 05/20/20 08:40 PM
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Hello all...I’m thinking of buying a 410 pump shotgun....$300 or so for birds and range use.
Used is ok. Is there a manufacturer/year/model I should avoid????
Or will any model by a reputable manufacturer (Mossberg, Remington, Winchester, etc) be reliable????

Thanks in advance........


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Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434607 05/20/20 08:51 PM
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Why a .410?

Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434609 05/20/20 08:55 PM
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Have you done much shooting with shotguns?

Generally, unless you have shoulder issues, a 12 gauge is preferable. At that point, the 20 gauge would be a better option, I believe. I really wouldn't want to shoot skeet or trap with a .410.

.410 shells are more expensive than 12 or 20 gauge as well.

As for brands and types, the Remington 870 is a good,reliable shotgun that's been around for many years.

Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434611 05/20/20 08:56 PM
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At the end of this video the author mentions he dislikes the 410 he is using.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQD77feU-rY

Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: drtyler] #5434619 05/20/20 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by drtyler
Have you done much shooting with shotguns?

Generally, unless you have shoulder issues, a 12 gauge is preferable. At that point, the 20 gauge would be a better option, I believe. I really wouldn't want to shoot skeet or trap with a .410.

.410 shells are more expensive than 12 or 20 gauge as well.

As for brands and types, the Remington 870 is a good,reliable shotgun that's been around for many years.


Some people prefer a .410 for skeet shooting because it's considerably more difficult. It's kind of an expert's gun.

That said, outside of that usage, I don't really see much else for them. A .22 is going to be superior for small game hunting, and a 12 or 20 for everything else.


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Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434620 05/20/20 09:06 PM
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A .410 has a very small amount of shot. Good luck shooting a bird or a clay with one. Go with at least a .20


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Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: Chris142] #5434626 05/20/20 09:14 PM
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Thanks for all comments......
I own a 12 gauge and it’s a little more than I want, especially with rotator cuff surgery a couple of years ago.
I have fond memories of shooting a 410 during summers at the grandparents as a youth.
I’m not opposed to a 20 gauge based on the comments in the thread.
So same question - anything to avoid in 20 gauge or any specific models to chase.......or avoid????


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Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434627 05/20/20 09:15 PM
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I have a Stevens single shot .410 and a savage 22lr over .410. I love using the Stevens to shoot trap at our informal stand in a pasture and blast things get together. If I feel like being a smart alic I can throw with a hand thrower then nail it with the Stevens. Yeah the shells cost more but they are fun to shoot and doesn’t hurt your arm.

I would love to have a Wingmaster 410. Would also like a 16 or a 28 gauge just for the fun of it.

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Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434634 05/20/20 09:24 PM
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I've got experience with mossburg maverick 88s and 500s along with 870s benelli novas and most gauges within that. My personal favorite is the 500 and in your case I'd recommend a 20 gauge over a .410 along with a light load to start. A full sized 20 gauge with a good recoil pad (I prefer the mossburg's over the others) should be relatively easy to handle. Or you if you happen to be ambidextrous as I am you can change shoulders if there is a problem.

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Re: School me on 410 shotguns [Re: bcossa2001] #5434643 05/20/20 09:43 PM
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I have 2 Remington’s: an 870 and 1187 … and one Mossberg riot gun in 12’s

My only other is a Mossberg 500 .410 … pretty much bought to travel to the camp with something less suspected in the off season or threatening to game wardens … and still a good snake charmer and minimalist self defense …
Good little gun … choke is pretty tight …

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Find a heavy 20gauge. Often 20g guns are smaller and lighter than a 12. They will kick almost as bad as a 12. A heavy gun absorbs some of that kick as does a semi auto.


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I am out of touch with shotguns, but would a gas operated semi-auto have less recoil than a pump, single or double barrel shotgun ? So maybe a 20 gauge semi-auto ?

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In my limited experience a .410 is a great way to miss birds but still get a sore shoulder. A 20 gauge is easier to shoot.


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I have a Mossberg 500 .410, and as others have said, it has a tight choke. I may have missed a grouse (twice) at embarrassingly close range shortly after I got it. Once I figured out that it's far from a spray and pray gun, I started hitting birds a lot more consistently. I do like that I don't have to pick a bunch of shot out of whatever I am hunting.

As compared to a Remington 870 12 gauge, I find something about the action of the Mossberg 500 to be a bit off-putting. It feels a bit clunky in comparison. However, that sensation hasn't translated to any reliability issues.

If I had it to do over again, I would probably look closely at a Remington 870 20 gauge.


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