What's a .410 used for?
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:30 PM   #1
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I got myself a Savage .410 C Series that was given to me when i was 10 years old. Haven't really touched it till recently. Some slight rust on the outside of the barrel. I took it to a local gun shop and they told me it's safe to shoot.

I'm mostly curious as to what a .410 is good for, compared to a 20ga or any other larger shotgun.

I've also been looking at handguns, specifically 'The Governor' (a revolver) as it also takes .410 shells. Would this be a good option for a self defense gun?

My idea is worse comes to worse, I could use my Savage .410 and the governor as my two bedside tools. Maybe load up a couple slugs??

Sorry for the complicated (2-part) question. Thanks for your help!
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:41 PM   #2
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A 410 is used by highly experienced shooters to make their sport more challenging.
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Snake control is the first thing that comes to mind, also squirrel & blackbird & other vermin control when you don't plan on eating the kill.
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See above.

It was also used extensively by turn of the century naturalist to take animal samples for various museums with little damage.

Modern use its a shell used for extreme challenges in clay shooting.

Even with so-called modern "defensive" loads its a damn poor round for self defense only slightly less useful than a 25acp... I think your more likely to be successful using a super soaker than 410 shells
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It is great for teaching humility to old guys that use one for Sporting Clays! (Rem 1100 in .410)

Seriously, good small game gun- rabbits, squirrels- and if you are a really good wingshot, quail. Snake control- yep.

While there have been deer taken with .410 slugs, the energy on those is so low as be uncertain as to ethics of deerhunting with one.
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i use a 410 for rabbits and squirrels regularly,i also like to shoot clays with it but the cost of the shells keep me from using it as often as i like.
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I dove hunt, rabbit and tree rat hunt with mine. I also use it to shoot the quail we train dogs with.
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Mine is used for frustrating the hell out of it's owner...

Mine is used as a theatrical sendoff for the clay pigeons, as they gloriously embark on their journey to freedom and safety...

In all seriousness, it's a great trainer for those wanting to get into skeet/trap who have little or no experience with shotgunning. Not like a greenhorn will hit much with it, (I sure suck with it) but several newbies I have taken to the range handled the recoil of the .410 much more comfortably as opposed to 12 or even 20 ga...

Still fun though...
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From a pistol a 410 slug is pretty anemic. Shot from a long gun the 410 slug is potent self defense medicine. Many people feel comfortable with a pistol caliber carbine but they are quick to bash the 410 which has more energy than a 44 mag at self defense range. Some of the boutique 410 slugs make over 1,500 ft lb of energy from a 24" barrel.
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A 410 is used by highly experienced shooters to make their sport more challenging.
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Modern use its a shell used for extreme challenges in clay shooting.
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It is great for teaching humility to old guys that use one for Sporting Clays! (Rem 1100 in .410)
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Mine is used for frustrating the hell out of it's owner...

Mine is used as a theatrical sendoff for the clay pigeons, as they gloriously embark on their journey to freedom and safety...

In all seriousness, it's a great trainer for those wanting to get into skeet/trap who have little or no experience with shotgunning. Not like a greenhorn will hit much with it, (I sure suck with it) but several newbies I have taken to the range handled the recoil of the .410 much more comfortably as opposed to 12 or even 20 ga...

Still fun though...
I used a .410 when I went skeet and trap shooting last October and I will be using it again next month. I am a very inexperienced clay shooter but I use the .410 because I am a shotgun recoil wimp. I may try Balota's new 20 gauge Weatherby.
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