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#3273791 - 03/15/21 10:15 PM Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun?
Ohiochuck Offline
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Registered: 03/19/11
Posts: 118
Loc: Ohio
Anyone using a .410 shotgun for fox/grey squirrels?
Thanks!
Jim
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#3273944 - 03/17/21 12:15 AM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
Bear Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2314
Loc: Colorado USA
Yes I have a Mossberg pump 410 and a sidexside 410. Hard to beat a load of 5 or 6 shot for squirrels.
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#3273995 - 03/17/21 01:31 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
Plant.One Offline
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 4902
Loc: Oakland County, MI
410 works great... i just prefer to use a 22lr. ive just never enjoyed too-much-gun soup. nothing irks me more than biting into a pellet.

one in the ear hole and done. no wasted meat, nothing to chip a tooth on.
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#3274069 - 03/18/21 12:38 AM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
Bear Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2314
Loc: Colorado USA
I hunt the Gray pine squirrel and one 80+ feet up hiding in the pine needles is hard to get a bead on sometimes. I prefer a 22 also but sometimes you can't find them for a head shot in the tall pines.
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#3276153 - 04/19/21 03:07 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
mattdenney07 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 41
Loc: South Carolina
My grandpa gave me a 1951 bolt-action Mossberg 183 when I was 7. I'm 32 now and that thing has killed more squirrels between Kansas and Alabama than anyone should be lucky enough to shoot. By far my favorite gun, mostly because Papa gave it to me.

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#3276173 - 04/19/21 10:38 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
Bear Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2314
Loc: Colorado USA
my nephew gave me a Mossberg 142A 3O years ago and it is a squirrel killing machine. One of the most accurate 22's I've ever shot.
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#3279216 - 07/12/21 10:06 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
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Registered: 09/22/10
Posts: 80
Loc: Missouri
That’s all I used when I was young and was quite successful. Prefer the 22 now, but you just brought back a lot of memories.

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#3279330 - 07/16/21 02:20 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
WVDanimal Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 32
Loc: WV
The .410 guys love their lil plunkers. I however HATE them. I had 4 and only saved them for my kids. When my kids became old enough to use them I pattern tested all of them. I couldn't believe how terrible they were. I wouldn't feel comfortable shooting at a rat at 20 yards with them. I couldn't get rid of them fast enough. We now have 20 ga. for the wife and kids. By the way, I am probably biased because my very first gun was a single 12ga. and I killed a mountain of squirrels with it.

My buddy from Florida was a brag-about 410 lover until he tried it on the top of our WV mountain oak trees. I watched him shoot a big fox squirrel one time that was way up. After his 4th shot, he sheepishly looked at me and said hand me your @%$#^ 12 gauge smile

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#3279358 - 07/17/21 01:35 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
AWS Online
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 6314
Loc: NM
I never cared for a 410 as bird gun but for killing squirrels or rolling bunnies in front of the beagles it was perfect. I shot a Stevens sxs and my hunting buddy a Win Model 42.
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#3279373 - 07/18/21 12:03 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 17052
Loc: Missouri
I'm not a .410 fan. In my eyes, shotguns begin at 28 gauge and go up. For me a 20 gauge is about right for squirrels, rabbits, doves and the like.
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#3280399 - 08/12/21 11:35 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
viper Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 05/03/07
Posts: 1299
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
I have used .410 and it was fine!

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#3280700 - 08/19/21 03:52 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
Kevin23 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/31/18
Posts: 32
Loc: Iowa
I like using a .410 for close squirrels. Pattern your gun, but mine is full choke and likes 3" 5s and 4s (federal). Under 30 yards, its coming down from that tree. Some guns need 6's to keep a good dense pattern, doesnt matter.. any shot size from 7.5-4 have enough penetration to kill a squirrel sub 30yds. Aim for the nose and you will be fine!

Beyond 30yds is rifle time for me anyways, so it all works out good.

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#3294824 - 02/22/22 11:50 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
EasternPredHunter Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/31/11
Posts: 1227
Loc: Michigan
410 is probably my favorite gun of all time. Killed everything with it. Even shot a couple deer a few years back with 3” Winchester 87gr slugs
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#3295890 - 03/10/22 08:39 PM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: EasternPredHunter]
grouser Offline
New Member

Registered: 11/13/05
Posts: 17
Loc: TN
I like the the 410, model 42 win, when the leaves are still heavy, but a Model 82 Kimber when I can see them better.

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#3302649 - 08/20/22 11:31 AM Re: Squirrels with a .410 Shotgun? [Re: Ohiochuck]
varmit_master Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/31/02
Posts: 1945
Loc: ARKANSAS
I use a 410 all the time. Our squirrel season opens May 15th thru February 28th. 12 per day. I squirrel hunt 3 or 4 times a week. Before i started shooting a 410 much. I bought a reloader. My squirrel guns r
Mossberg

500 410ga TSS turkey gun.
SA 410ga TSS turkey gun.

Tristar G2 Viper 28ga

I even crow and quail hunt with my 410's. I am glad i bought a 410 reloader. My reloading set up's r a Mec 600 jr mark 5 in 410 28 20. And a sizemaster in 12ga. I have 30 + boxes of 410 3 inch 5 and 6's loaded up for the season. I run a full choke most of the time. But i do carry a modified in my vest.

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