Thoughts on a .410?

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  1. thekentuckykid21

    thekentuckykid21 6 pointer

    Nov 19, 2012
    Hardin County
    I could have sworn they were legal, just frowned upon. Like masturbating in an airplane.
  2. Sialia67

    Sialia67 6 pointer

    Sep 4, 2008
    Rowan County
    I shot a big doe with a .410 slug through the back portion of the rib cage at 5 yards. I figured the bullet passed through both lungs because there was blood on both sides of her trail. There was about 30 inches of snow on the ground at the time (Pennsylvania). I tracked her through the snow for about an hour before deciding to back off and come back the next day. Caught up with her the next day and jumped her off the bed. Away she went and I never caught up to her again. I believe she survived. I would recommend something other than a .410 although a well placed shot at close range should do the job.
  3. pentail

    pentail Bacon Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2002
    Savoring the smoke

    legal for state, but not Knox. Here is the text from the Knox guide

    Shotguns 12, \6, and 20 gauge with a single projectil e (slug). Repeating shotguns will be
    plugged to hold a maximum of 3 slugs. Over and under shotguns cannot be used if one of the
    tu bes is rifled, e.g., .20 gauge/.22 caliber. Muzzleloading rifles .38 caliber minimum to .58
    cali ber maximum and muzzlcJoading shotguns with single projectile slug. No restriction on
    priming methods. Smokeless powder is prohibited and powder charges are limited to a
    maximum of 100 grains. A max imum of 10 slugs OR powder charges is permitted during each
    hunting day.
  4. thekentuckykid21

    thekentuckykid21 6 pointer

    Nov 19, 2012
    Hardin County
    Thankks pentail! Solved everything I needed to know!
  5. Justsaying

    Justsaying 8 pointer

    Jun 22, 2012
    Thanks Bin Laden
  6. thekentuckykid21

    thekentuckykid21 6 pointer

    Nov 19, 2012
    Hardin County
    At least someone picked up on it!
  7. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

    Aug 21, 2007
    the woods
    I would never hunt deer with a 410. Way undersized. You are very very limited with that size of a gun. Too big of a chance of wounding a deer and not finding it. IMHO. Funny stuff about the airplane joke. Laughed my head off on that one.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  8. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2002
    Harrods Creek Ky, USA.
    It's normally not frowned upon unless I tell my wife.....SSS applies here too.
  9. 8&sand

    8&sand 12 pointer

    Or she walks in on you!
  10. shaunr

    shaunr Fawn

    Sep 17, 2012
    I can tell you that I got a .410 for my little girl and she shot 2 different does between 10-20 yds and I mean prefect double lung shots, both dropped where they stood and both got up and took off. Me and 2 buddies tracked them for long ways. Didn't recover either one, found one next day eaten by coyotes never found the other. It broke both of our hearts. Will NEVER use .410 for deer again. I don't like wounding or loosing deer.
  11. SmokeyBear

    SmokeyBear 8 pointer

    A 410 just don't have enough powder behind the projectile so to speak. I think the regs should go back to how they were before. I think a 20 gauge was the smallest legal shotgun and don't really remember the smallest rifle but I think it was a 243. The rifle changes aren't that big of a deal but the 410 just won't get it done ethically if at all.
  12. dray223

    dray223 10 pointer

    Mar 11, 2010
    I killed my first 2 deer with a .410 slug. One at probably 20 yards and the other closer to 60 yards from what i can remember. They both dropped, neck shot and shoulder shot. Would i hunt with one today? No, but for someone to say they won't get the job done, then they are just talking out of their [email protected]@.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  13. dray223

    dray223 10 pointer

    Mar 11, 2010
    tell that to the 2 i killed, they were as dead as any other deer i have killed.
  14. SmokeyBear

    SmokeyBear 8 pointer

    A 22lr will kill one also but that don't make it a good idea to use one.
  15. I have never used one.I have killed them with 12ga.I know people who swear they kill there deer out to 80 yards with 410ga.I did not argue with them,as I have never tried a 410ga.I do not plan to either.

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