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Scoped .410?

#1 Post by OldBiff » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:34 pm

Wanted to sanity check this idea. I’m going after squirrel and rabbits at a public spot 35 min from my house and 10 min from my lake place. Between that and having a job where I get weekdays off I’m pretty excited to get after some furry friends and may also get drawn for a hog hunt in the same area so scouting that for a month before as well.

The issue is the land only allows shot guns and nothing bigger than #4, which puts the trusty 22LR out of the picture. So to minimize meat wastage I figured on using a .410 (yet to be purchased) with 3 inch #4. Unfortunately the old eyes aren’t what they used to be and in order to get a good headshot sight picture I’m going to need a scope. I’m thinking 30-50 yards tops for effective range, but I can test that at the range. The questions I have:

When shopping for .410 is the choke going to have that much impact at that short a distance? Any recommendations?

As far as the scope could I just mount it and pattern the gun, then adjust to the densest shot pattern?

Am I totally out to lunch here?

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#2 Post by Mason » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:51 pm

I would go 20 gauge. Better for hog. Ammo cheaper and more choices. Many more gun choices.
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#3 Post by SubRosa » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:17 am

You could always pack a few .444 Marlin rounds for the odd mutant rodent with that .410... :evil:

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#4 Post by Bisbee » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:32 am

Or bounce a .45 long colt slug down that smoothbore.
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#5 Post by spara » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:48 am

For 30-50 yards, why not a red dot? I use one for slugs at 100 yds.

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#6 Post by Marlene » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:00 am

Red dot. Tight choke probably not a bad idea.

I also like low power scopes in place of red dots but not more than 2.5x
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#7 Post by OldBiff » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:24 am

No slugs allowed, no larger than #4 in your possession. It’s not a high pressure area (lady said they had 4 people hunt the fall season) so probably not a great idea to flaunt any rules.

As far as the 20 gauge I’m thinking the least number of pellets the better. I’d basically be purpose building this gun for use in this area, which I probably wouldn’t do if it wasn’t so close/easy to access.

Does a red dot provide magnification?

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#8 Post by featureless » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:46 pm

OldBiff wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:24 am
Does a red dot provide magnification?
Generally, no. But there are exceptions to every rule. Burris Fastfire is commonly recommended for shotguns. You can go cheaper with an offering from Primary Arms or sky's the limit from makers such as Aimpoint or Trijicon. If just for hunting, I'd go cheaper. If for unwanted social occasions, I'd go more expensive. I'd love to have a .410 1100 some day.

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#9 Post by TrueTexan » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:42 pm

You can now even get a Mossberg 590 shockwave in 410

https://www.mossberg.com/product/590-nightstick-6-shot/
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