anybody still use a .410 shotgun on small game

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by backwoodsman, May 15, 2011.

  1. backwoodsman

    backwoodsman Fawn

    May 10, 2011
    ;) I have this Winchester model 94-.410 shotgun and like hunting squirrel's and rabbit's.I know ammo for a .410 is more expensive than .12 gauge ammo, But you don't have a whole lot of shot to miss with.
  2. Kaibaby

    Kaibaby 6 pointer

    Oct 23, 2005
    When I was a young'n I hunted some with a Iver Johnson SS 410. Have had it on mind recently to get me another good 410 to occasionally hunt with if not my 22 rifle! I must say I love the looks of yours. I never knew they made the 94 in a 410 version. I'll keep my eyes open for one, but must have been few of em made cause I've never seen or heard of em. I'd like to have an old Win. 37 in 410!
  3. DRS

    DRS Banned

    Mar 3, 2010
    Yes, I have two .410 shotguns and still use them, along with my .22 LR CZ brand rifle. One is an old single barrel H&R Model 058 and the other is a Stoeger "Uplander" S/S. My best load is a 3" #5 shot, and has harvested "many-many" Squirrels & Rabbits with the .410- 3". My Dad bought me my first .410 a Savage Model "B" double Barrel back around 1961. Ammo for the .410 gauge was always around $1 higher than 12 gauge ammo, even back then.
  4. surfshark46

    surfshark46 6 pointer

    Jul 31, 2010
    Lexington Ky
    You bet! Mossberg model 500 crown grade .410 pump, and an old Sears bolt action single shot. The mossberg pump has put down a bunch of quail, I like it for those birds. The bolt action stated taking squirrels and rabbits in 1966, its mostly retired now but it still works great.
  5. skeetshooter105

    skeetshooter105 6 pointer

    Jan 4, 2005
    Hardin County Swamps
    Have several .410's. Pride and joy is a Model 42 Winchester with 28" Modified, vent rib barrel. Have owned it since 1958. Harvested a lot of quail and other small game with it. I load my own shells for all major gauges and bores. Currently have around 2000 loaded in .410. Shoot only 2 1/2" shells. Shot skeet for years and found that the smaller load "used correctly" will do anything the 3" shell will do. I would estimate shooting close to 100,000 .410's in my lifetime. We set up a trap at my residence and let the youth and ladies shoot my guns. Saturday two weeks go they shot hundreds of clays and some shot for the first time. One young man, 12 years old, shooting for the first time shot my Model 42 all afternoon and never missed a target including some doubles. He was from Chicago area and stated " Wish we could shoot at home like this ". Lucky to live in the country where we can enjoy the shooting sports..
  6. MrHank

    MrHank 8 pointer

    Jun 7, 2005
    Henry Co. KY
    Its the only gun I hunt squirrels with. Much more challenging to get close to a squirrel to kill with a .410 versus a .22.
  7. rme hunter

    rme hunter 8 pointer

    Dec 1, 2006
    Breckinridge County
    I hunt quail and pheasant with my 410 and plan to dove hunt with it some this fall.
  8. backwoodsman

    backwoodsman Fawn

    May 10, 2011
    I have the packer model , the longer model has screw in chokes, as you know Winchester does not make them anymore. I got this one back in 2005 for about 400 bucks, @ Wal-Mart, you can find them and are very high these day's........
  9. smashdn

    smashdn 12 pointer

    Nov 24, 2003
    Palmyra, Kentucky
    .32 flinter
  10. fullstrut1

    fullstrut1 12 pointer

    Oct 17, 2005
    All my rabbit, quail and dove hunting is done with a .410, Remington 1100, love the .410.
  11. Quickdraw Limpsalot

    Quickdraw Limpsalot 12 pointer

    Sep 16, 2005
    Larue Co.
    First gun I ever hunted with was an old J.C. Higgins .410 bolt action. It's still around, but nearly retired these days. I still like using those little H&R single shots though.
  12. henson

    henson 6 pointer

    Nov 3, 2007
    London KY
    love my 410 870 wingmaster but usually use my mossburg 500 410 gauge great on rabbits and squirrels
  13. flintlock

    flintlock 6 pointer

    Sep 5, 2009
    Union, KY
    Skeetshooter 105 is correct in his shell advice. My old Stevens single shot bolt gun, made between 1937 and 1942, that I inherited years ago from cousin Tom shoots its very best with short #6s. It has a full choke, and it is easy to put the shot in a squirrel's head at reasonable distances. Flint
  14. johnky

    johnky 8 pointer

    Apr 5, 2011
    Loretto ky
    Still use my mossberg 283 bolt action my dad gave me 20 years ago

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