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Is a .410 a good shotgun for deer hunting? And what is the best kind?

Question by fisher girl. Uploaded on August 10, 2009

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from tightliner09 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

most people say no to using one,believe me i have asked dozens of questions regarding .410s. but if you are withing range it will suffice.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

You would do best to upgrade to at least a 20, but within reasonable range a .410 with a slug will do the job. Keep it to 40-50 yds, aim BEHIND the shoulder.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Fisher Girl-I would have to say no. Slugs from shotguns are notorious for inaccuracy and this is an underpowered round to begin with. I really thing that you would have better results with a larger gun. A 30-30 rifle has excellent power for close range deer,doesn't kick and ammo is as cheap as anything that you can buy today. If you decide to use the 410 I think that you should practice quite a lot to get the proper feel for where to hold the bead and to limit the shots to standing deer at very close range. Good luck to you.

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from rezavoirdog wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I would say no! It's barely adequate for pheasants and doves. I'm no shot-gunner, but I've seen how small the loads are for a .410. Definetely upgrade to a 20 gauge...

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I don't think you should try that, I disagree with liberty slug guns are very accuracte. You need a bigger gun ,20ga is the smallest I will use .It's illegal to use any shotgun smaller than a 20ga in NY. I don't think it's ethical to use a .410 for biggame, it's in the same catagory as using a .22 rifle for deer to me.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

a .410 can take a deer down but check out your local laws its illegal to deer hunt with a .410 in ct
i only use mine for pheasent
but rezavoirdog .410s in my opinion are perfect for pheasent and doves i use a .410 with a full choke im the only guy on the field that can kill a pheseant instantly withought ruining any meat everyone else either doesnt get a clean kill or is stuck pulling bbs out of the meat

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

NYhunter-Respectfully I base my opinion on the shooting of many hundreds of slugs guns at my range. Most are not capable of 3" groups at 50 yards from a bench rest. I know that there are some specialized shotguns that will make somewhat better groups but most of these are 12 or 20 ga. There is no specialized slug gun in the 410 bore that I am aware of and that is the shotgun in question here.

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from Wonko wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

If you can handle the 20 ga. I would go with that. We did have a Grandfather bring his grandson hunting for the first time that he let use a 410, but the kid was only 10 and we hunted in thick brush doing drives, so the longest shot was probably 25 yards.

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from shane wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Get a compound or a crossbow. If you can get within 50 (still questionable with a .410 slug), you can get within 30 or 40.

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from hunterkid94 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Of course we have to consider shot placement but I feel a line must be drawn. I have some .410 slugs and they arent even as big as a 9mm. I feel they are to small and just wouldnt get the job done. Try to o to a 20ga. they will get the job done.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I did meen 12ga and 20's,my dad can shoot 2-3inch groups at 100yds. I dont think they make deer guns in .410 because they aren't a biggame gun. Good luck Liberty

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from BlackWater wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Fisher Girl if you are gonna spend the time into getting close enough to a deer to shoot it with a .410 you may as well use a pistol. I am not against using smaller guns (I have hunt deer, elk and antelope with a .22-250) but even I wouldn't use a .410 on anything but rabbits, snakes, squirrels and the smallest of birds.

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

A .410 wont work very well at longer ranges, if your at a shotgun only area then i would suggest a 20 gauge with slugs...if you can hunt with a rifle then i would get a 243,30-30, or a 25-06 bolt action

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

when i mean longer ranges, i mean farther than forty yards

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from Logan123 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I would definitely buy a bigger gun. The .410 isn't a good choice. I would recommend a 20 gauge or a 30-30.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I think that a .410 is a questionable choice to use on deer. I know that it will work at close range, but I would recommend getting something bigger just to be safe and to increase the chance of a cleaner kill.

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from jay wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Its illegal in most of the shotgun deer states that I know of so I doubt it is even an option.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

The .410 slug has about the same energy as a .38 special. In my humble opinion, not a deer round. The other folks give you good advice. A 20 gauge shot gun will be a much better choice with slugs. You might also consider a shotgun/rifle combo such as those built by H&R or a youth deer rifle by Remington, Savage or Ruger in .243, 7-08 or .308. If you are recoil sensitive Remington makes a line of recoil reduced ammo.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I wouldn't use a .410. Try using a 12 gauge.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

.410 to a 12 guage? thats a huge difference i thought you said on another post you were 12 if so do not get a 12 guage you should be able to handle a 20guage though wear whatever you would hunting shooting to see if the kick is too much

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Fisher girl
I've read a little about this issue and think that there is a good round out there for the 410. It's the Brenneke slug. It has about double the power of the foster type 410 slug and get pretty good write ups. It's about $7.00 for 5 slugs.

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from agiyo wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I would be very surprised if a .410 is legal for deer hunting, no matter what it is loaded with. You owe it to the animal to hunt with something that has an excellent chance of making a quick, humane kill. While a .410 WILL certainly kill a deer under the right circumstances, the chances of wounding one and losing it to have it suffer and die after running are high. Surely, you can buy or borrow a 20-gauge, which is an amazingly capable hunting gun in many ways, and with either a rifled barrel or rifled choke and slugs it likes, accurate enough to serve.

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from squirrelhunter7 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I don't think it would work.

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from brandonk wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

i doubt the 410 would be good, i've tried to shoot deer with them but wasn't very affective. i would use a 20 or a 12ga.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

They have been working out in the backwods for decades, and would be a good choice for you if you live in a shotgun-only area. Get the T/C Encore with stainless receiver and use 000 Buck. That's 3 .36 cal roundballs coming out fast. 30 yards is a typical shot with buckshot. That will make meat! Also, this combo is excellent for home defense.

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from alexzelkan wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

within a 40-50 yard range its a good gun for a smaller framed hunter should you upgrade to a 20 gauge? maybe but i know a lot of people who have shot deer with one. Go For It!!!

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from fisher girl wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I'm thinking I'll just use my brothers 20gauge since I don't have one of my own. I used it for turkey season, but I didn't have any luck. Maybe next time.

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from that_guy wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

i just made a 90 yard shot with open sites with my 410. i made a spine shot on a 150 pound doe because the heart/lung shot was blocked by a tree. so yeah i would say that a 410 is a good deer gun.

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from cspostell2001 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

i have layed several big deer down with my h&r 410 but the right skill is needed for shots ovr 100 yards and remington makes it very possable with there slugs

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Fisher Girl:

I am from Indiana and the .410 became a legal firearm to hunt deer a few years ago. I use a Marlin lever action with a Bushnell trophy scope 1.5-4x. I have shot 2 deer with it one of them being 150 lbs. They were both hit through the lungs and both died within sight of my stand. It is a very accurate and effective so I would highly reccomend this combination for deer hunting. I had some intial doubts but not any more. Good luck to you and good hunting.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Fisher Girl-I would have to say no. Slugs from shotguns are notorious for inaccuracy and this is an underpowered round to begin with. I really thing that you would have better results with a larger gun. A 30-30 rifle has excellent power for close range deer,doesn't kick and ammo is as cheap as anything that you can buy today. If you decide to use the 410 I think that you should practice quite a lot to get the proper feel for where to hold the bead and to limit the shots to standing deer at very close range. Good luck to you.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

NYhunter-Respectfully I base my opinion on the shooting of many hundreds of slugs guns at my range. Most are not capable of 3" groups at 50 yards from a bench rest. I know that there are some specialized shotguns that will make somewhat better groups but most of these are 12 or 20 ga. There is no specialized slug gun in the 410 bore that I am aware of and that is the shotgun in question here.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I don't think you should try that, I disagree with liberty slug guns are very accuracte. You need a bigger gun ,20ga is the smallest I will use .It's illegal to use any shotgun smaller than a 20ga in NY. I don't think it's ethical to use a .410 for biggame, it's in the same catagory as using a .22 rifle for deer to me.

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from BlackWater wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Fisher Girl if you are gonna spend the time into getting close enough to a deer to shoot it with a .410 you may as well use a pistol. I am not against using smaller guns (I have hunt deer, elk and antelope with a .22-250) but even I wouldn't use a .410 on anything but rabbits, snakes, squirrels and the smallest of birds.

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from agiyo wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I would be very surprised if a .410 is legal for deer hunting, no matter what it is loaded with. You owe it to the animal to hunt with something that has an excellent chance of making a quick, humane kill. While a .410 WILL certainly kill a deer under the right circumstances, the chances of wounding one and losing it to have it suffer and die after running are high. Surely, you can buy or borrow a 20-gauge, which is an amazingly capable hunting gun in many ways, and with either a rifled barrel or rifled choke and slugs it likes, accurate enough to serve.

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from rezavoirdog wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I would say no! It's barely adequate for pheasants and doves. I'm no shot-gunner, but I've seen how small the loads are for a .410. Definetely upgrade to a 20 gauge...

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from hunterkid94 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Of course we have to consider shot placement but I feel a line must be drawn. I have some .410 slugs and they arent even as big as a 9mm. I feel they are to small and just wouldnt get the job done. Try to o to a 20ga. they will get the job done.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I did meen 12ga and 20's,my dad can shoot 2-3inch groups at 100yds. I dont think they make deer guns in .410 because they aren't a biggame gun. Good luck Liberty

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from Big C wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I think that a .410 is a questionable choice to use on deer. I know that it will work at close range, but I would recommend getting something bigger just to be safe and to increase the chance of a cleaner kill.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

The .410 slug has about the same energy as a .38 special. In my humble opinion, not a deer round. The other folks give you good advice. A 20 gauge shot gun will be a much better choice with slugs. You might also consider a shotgun/rifle combo such as those built by H&R or a youth deer rifle by Remington, Savage or Ruger in .243, 7-08 or .308. If you are recoil sensitive Remington makes a line of recoil reduced ammo.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

.410 to a 12 guage? thats a huge difference i thought you said on another post you were 12 if so do not get a 12 guage you should be able to handle a 20guage though wear whatever you would hunting shooting to see if the kick is too much

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Fisher girl
I've read a little about this issue and think that there is a good round out there for the 410. It's the Brenneke slug. It has about double the power of the foster type 410 slug and get pretty good write ups. It's about $7.00 for 5 slugs.

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from brandonk wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

i doubt the 410 would be good, i've tried to shoot deer with them but wasn't very affective. i would use a 20 or a 12ga.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

a .410 can take a deer down but check out your local laws its illegal to deer hunt with a .410 in ct
i only use mine for pheasent
but rezavoirdog .410s in my opinion are perfect for pheasent and doves i use a .410 with a full choke im the only guy on the field that can kill a pheseant instantly withought ruining any meat everyone else either doesnt get a clean kill or is stuck pulling bbs out of the meat

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from Wonko wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

If you can handle the 20 ga. I would go with that. We did have a Grandfather bring his grandson hunting for the first time that he let use a 410, but the kid was only 10 and we hunted in thick brush doing drives, so the longest shot was probably 25 yards.

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

A .410 wont work very well at longer ranges, if your at a shotgun only area then i would suggest a 20 gauge with slugs...if you can hunt with a rifle then i would get a 243,30-30, or a 25-06 bolt action

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

when i mean longer ranges, i mean farther than forty yards

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from Logan123 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I would definitely buy a bigger gun. The .410 isn't a good choice. I would recommend a 20 gauge or a 30-30.

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from jay wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Its illegal in most of the shotgun deer states that I know of so I doubt it is even an option.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I wouldn't use a .410. Try using a 12 gauge.

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from squirrelhunter7 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I don't think it would work.

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from tightliner09 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

most people say no to using one,believe me i have asked dozens of questions regarding .410s. but if you are withing range it will suffice.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

You would do best to upgrade to at least a 20, but within reasonable range a .410 with a slug will do the job. Keep it to 40-50 yds, aim BEHIND the shoulder.

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from shane wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Get a compound or a crossbow. If you can get within 50 (still questionable with a .410 slug), you can get within 30 or 40.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

They have been working out in the backwods for decades, and would be a good choice for you if you live in a shotgun-only area. Get the T/C Encore with stainless receiver and use 000 Buck. That's 3 .36 cal roundballs coming out fast. 30 yards is a typical shot with buckshot. That will make meat! Also, this combo is excellent for home defense.

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from alexzelkan wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

within a 40-50 yard range its a good gun for a smaller framed hunter should you upgrade to a 20 gauge? maybe but i know a lot of people who have shot deer with one. Go For It!!!

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from fisher girl wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I'm thinking I'll just use my brothers 20gauge since I don't have one of my own. I used it for turkey season, but I didn't have any luck. Maybe next time.

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from that_guy wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

i just made a 90 yard shot with open sites with my 410. i made a spine shot on a 150 pound doe because the heart/lung shot was blocked by a tree. so yeah i would say that a 410 is a good deer gun.

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from cspostell2001 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

i have layed several big deer down with my h&r 410 but the right skill is needed for shots ovr 100 yards and remington makes it very possable with there slugs

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Fisher Girl:

I am from Indiana and the .410 became a legal firearm to hunt deer a few years ago. I use a Marlin lever action with a Bushnell trophy scope 1.5-4x. I have shot 2 deer with it one of them being 150 lbs. They were both hit through the lungs and both died within sight of my stand. It is a very accurate and effective so I would highly reccomend this combination for deer hunting. I had some intial doubts but not any more. Good luck to you and good hunting.

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