It can be done. It wouldn’t be any different then deer hunting with a .357 mag or even a .41 mag for that matter. It’s not the best choice but as long as you keep the shooting distance reasonable it will get the job done.
Not sure what it legal where you are, but if a felow can drop deer with 22LR as well as Pistol calibers like 38 SPCL and 9MM, I'm sure 410 slug would do the job as well? Just my guess, but seen Poached deer taken with 22LR a lot, so It goes to figure a 410 slug is pleanty enough?
There is a big difference between the .410 slug and a .41 mag. While the .410 slug is moveing slightly faster, it only weights 97 gn. and the 410 mag. usual deer load shoots a 210 gn. bullet, giveing it more than 2X the knock down power at point blank range and the farther out you go the greater the advantege to the .41 mag. Personally I won`t use a factory .410 load, and they are leagel here in Oh.
It would be very effective on deer, but the problem is your gun probably doesn't have rifle sights and a rifled barrel, so accuracy beyond 25-50 yds. would be questionable. If I was starving and that's all I had I wouldn't hesitate, other than that why use it on deer?
Accuracy is a relative term, but minute of whitetail is not that difficult to achieve with most anything more than a broomhandle... at a given yardage. The .410 is very deadly on deer as is a muzzle loading rifle. The slug is pretty soft, gets bigger as it goes through tissue and makes a nifty wound channel. I am not speaking in conjecture... I have shot the family .410 for many years. I have dropped deer with it. It is VERY accurate to 50 or 75 yards with only the bead sight and shallow notch in the top of the reciever just ahead of the hammer. A standard 'pie plate' at 100 yards is easy. At that range she's lost a lot of steam, but If I was hungry... I'd try 'er a lick!
My 12 year old daughter has taken deer the last 2 seasons with a .410 I bought a couple of barrel clamps with a picatiny rail on the top and mounted a red dot scope just in front of the hand gaurd (like a forward scout style rifle). she can consistently in a seated position hit pop cans at 40- 50 yrds. the accuracy drops a bunch after that.
In a tree stand where i hunt the average shot is less than 50 yrds. rest the gun on the rail of the tree stand any deer with in 50 yrds is meat on the table.
Just my 2 cents.
At up to around fifty yards a 410 will get the job done easily. A friend of mine has taken deer with a bolt action 410 every season for the last thirty years. I think that I might try it this year just to see if it will work for me. At my most productive stand the longest shot one can take is sixty yards so it should be the ideal place to try it out.
Taslan- sorry, not even close. There are several 45-70 loads, but even using a light 45-70 load, you get about 1200 ft lbs at 100 yds. The .410 gets about 255 ft lbs at 100 yds. 45-70, somewhere around a 400 grain bullet, a .410 slug is about 88 grains. The .410 is a lighter slug, traveling slower. At 100 yards, it is about ONE FIFTH of the energy of a 45-70.
Will it kill a deer? Yeah- got my first deer ever at age 10 with a .410 slug, at about 40 yards. Shot placement critical, expect deer to run while bleeding out- but take out heart/lungs, it will work. Would not be my first choice, not legal everywhere.
I have a 410 shotgun made by mossburgh bolt action,I would take it to the local turkey shoot's and clean house baby!!!...that little gun put's shame on 12 gauge's. The shot's are so tight,that they would check my gun over after I shot,and shake there head's!!!...I still got that gun,so if I need any meat,I just go to the local turkey shoot. They hate that gun when I pull it out.
Shooting times ballistic charts.
It looks like they made a mistake on the slug size. Loads from mfgs mostly show 1/5 oz with 1/4 oz in 3".
I ran across some interesting hand load data though. The gentleman is sizing and loading 148 grn 38 wadcutters in a duplex load and experimenting with a 1/2 oz single slug load. link did not load. http://forum.saiga-12.com/index.php?showtopic=38577