Originally Posted by Davyboy
Why on earth would you rely on a 410 when you can have the stopping power of a 12 bore. Just saying.
Same reason people buy smaller handguns like a .380; some situations won't allow the use of a "full sized" firearm or perhaps a larger shell. For example, my mom is older and has some carpal tunnel (whipped me too many times
); she would have difficulty with a 12 guage shotty but should be able to handle the lil .410. For similar reasons, she doesn't need a semiauto pistol (hard to rack), but she could make a revolver function in a pinch.
Hunting-wise, some huntable areas for squirrel & rabbit are very close to suburban neighborhoods; depending on the noise-sensitivity of the residents, 12 guage might cause hassles with the local residents and could prevent future use of the area.