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mrbb 04-25-2019 05:48 PM

the thing about a pattern on paper., doesn't really show how well it will do with power to get thru a turkeys feathers, all the more so if its all strutting and has its shields active LOL
I think they keep pushing things to stir interest in the sport, and trying to get kids involved!
as honestly without kids getting into hunting, the sport will be in trouble as us older hunters die off!

again the 410 does have the means to kill a turkey when things are right, but there are better tools out there
I would honestly question if a 410 with a HOT turkey load, and a lighter gun, has any LESS recoil than maybe a milder load in a 20 gauge or even 12

but I do think many of the smaller 410,'s maybe do fit smaller framed kids and hunters

I again would not recommend using one for turkeys
410 in a revolver make a good snake gun, IMO
other wise, I have never had much need for a 410!

I will add this, back in my more intense sporting clays' days
I used to know a die hard sporting clay's shooter, that shot over a 100 in a row using a beat up, duck tape holding stock together 410 single shot, shooting from the hip!
he was a LONG time trick shooter from up in NY,
it was a lot fun to watch him, out shoot guys with HIGH end shotguns, that used to laugh at his gun and snicker at him having it at some of the higher end shoots!
so, some times its NOT the gun or gauge, but the skills of the shooter! LOL

JW 04-30-2019 01:56 PM

Well say what you want.
Michigan regs read. " Legsl use of ANY firearm capable of firing a shotshell".

I used a Taurus Judge 45/.410. With Apex 9.5 shot loaded at 27/32 oz a 3 inch round.
The revolver does have a custom choketube installed.
MY Lethal range 25 yds.
Prefer closer.
Pictures to come. Maybe.
So say what you want. But hunt like you want. I passed quite a few at my lethal range. But did whack one at 9 yards.
Was a pleasure to run and gun again

Bocajnala 05-01-2019 03:51 AM

That "best tool for the job" argument drives me crazy.

There is such a thing as hunting for pleasure and enjoyment. And part of that can be the items that you are using.

Under the best tool argument I wouldn't be able to use my recurve bow for deer, because I'm sure that there are crossbows that are far more capable and better for the job.

I enjoy slinging arrows with my recurve. And I'm not worried about if it's the best tool for the job.

That best tool argument could be used against allot of the guns and equipment I reach for.


JW 05-01-2019 10:03 AM

Well back to the topic.

I see no problem using a firearm to tuRkey hunt where the one using said firearm has done their homework.
And the choice of gauge used is legal.
Your homework is patterning and knowing the firearms lethal range for the gauge and ammunition being used.
To boost my lethality I went to that new TSS shot. Is reported to pack a big punch. It certainly did
Was surprised what it did to my plywood backstop. Just mushed that turkeys head.

I highly recommend patterning on Caldwells life sized Turkey splatter targets
Stick with 8 to 10 red zone hits to determine your maximum lethal range.
(Only skull, neck vertebra, eye hits)
Then stay in that range.
That is part of a hunters code of ethics.

Be safe out there.

Uncle Nicky 05-10-2019 06:38 AM

There are better options. I don't feel good about crippling anything.

JW 05-10-2019 12:42 PM

There was no crippling and hardly any flopping.
Confidence was I know what this firearm was capable of. I did my homework.


Champlain Islander 05-10-2019 01:21 PM

My grandson just shot his first turkey with a 410. I watched the video and that bird went down hard ......bang flop.

Bocajnala 05-10-2019 01:23 PM

Congratulations to your grandson CI!

With proper load, proper practice, and proper limitations, there's nothing wrong with the .410


JW 05-10-2019 03:16 PM

Awesome CI!
I like nothing more than hearing and seeing youngsters success


Phil from Maine 05-12-2019 04:43 AM

Thatís awesome CI! I am glad to hear that your grandson had some success..

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