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410 for a Turkey??
« on: February 17, 2011, 01:14:44 PM »
Close range of course.... 3 inch, BB's?? 2's?? Whatchya think? My daughter is really small and I have the first shotgun I ever got when I was 9.... it fits her (except she hates it cause she closed the action on her hand last night!!!! :chuckle: :dunno:)

Doable??? head shot?
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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2011, 01:15:30 PM »
Absolutely. Of course dad will be there for needed backup.

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2011, 01:18:00 PM »
I'd use 3 inch shells and #6 shot. Anything bigger and the pattern will have too many holes in it. You'd have to pattern it but I don't see why it wouldn't kill a turkey out to about 20 yards.

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2011, 01:40:01 PM »
Come on, get real. Sure, a 410 will kill one but ask yourself this...if this was my SON, would I make him shoot a .410. Little girls are just as tough as little boys. If you can't find a nice little .20 g for her to shoot, teach her to prop your 12g on her knee. A big heavy 12g will kick less than a single shot 20 anyway. If she's your hunting partner, get her a real gun. Remington, Mossberg and others make some great youth model 20's that she will handle and shoot just fine.

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2011, 01:50:04 PM »
Not sure I would reccommend it or understand why someone would do it unless that was their only option, but it could probably get the job done at close range.  I'd probably use #4's as they are the largest allowed and I wouldn't be as worried about holes in my pattern at 10 yards. 

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2011, 01:52:09 PM »
#4 shot out of a 410 is going to be a pretty sparse pattern.   :dunno:  I'd go with 6's or even 7 1/2's.

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2011, 01:54:46 PM »
#4 shot out of a 410 is going to be a pretty sparse pattern.   :dunno:  I'd go with 6's or even 7 1/2's.

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011, 02:05:30 PM »
#4 shot out of a 410 is going to be a pretty sparse pattern.   :dunno:  I'd go with 6's or even 7 1/2's.
I'd use 3 inch shells and #6 shot. Anything bigger and the pattern will have too many holes in it. You'd have to pattern it but I don't see why it wouldn't kill a turkey out to about 20 yards.

You do that.  Shoot one at 20 yards with 7 1/2's.  My bet is the thing runs for roughly 2.7 miles. 

I wouldn't shoot one with a .410 but if I did it would be no farther than 10 yards and at 10 yards I'm not very concerned with pattern density.  The wad should hit the bird in the head at that range and the pattern should be pretty darn tight still. 

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2011, 02:10:54 PM »
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I bought my son a Rem 1100 20 ga LT.(youth stock?)  Hardly any recoil. Bought a turkey choke,but haven't patterned it yet.
I wouldn't suggest the .410. Yea it could work, BUT. She/you would feel terrible if one got away injured!! :twocents:

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2011, 02:37:00 PM »
We'll see how she can handle the other guns... I have a 20 pump, a 20 side by side a 12 o/u, 12 pump and a 12 auto.... Maybe she'll be ok with one of them? I blew my wad on getting her a nice big game rifle, so there isn't going to be a new shotgun in the mix. She can shoot he 410 for huns and sharpies out here and it wont be long before she can handle the 20 gauge with no prob...

Thanks guys... I"ll pattern that little 410 a bit with a couple different loads and see what happens!

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2011, 02:42:48 PM »
Here is an interesting article about a guy using a .410 for Turkey:  link
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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2011, 02:46:28 PM »
We'll see how she can handle the other guns... I have a 20 pump, a 20 side by side a 12 o/u, 12 pump and a 12 auto.... Maybe she'll be ok with one of them? I blew my wad on getting her a nice big game rifle, so there isn't going to be a new shotgun in the mix. She can shoot he 410 for huns and sharpies out here and it wont be long before she can handle the 20 gauge with no prob...

Thanks guys... I"ll pattern that little 410 a bit with a couple different loads and see what happens!

Ernie

I've got a youth 20 ga. auto that your more than welcome to borrow also.  Would love to do my part to help any kids get in the woods.  Sounds like you've got a lot of guns to choose from and good job to you for getting her involved at a young age!  I think making every experience in the woods as great as possible when their young is key.  I've never patterened a .410 so if you end up doing it I'd be curious to see the results.  Good Luck!

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2011, 03:25:14 PM »
OK, that article seems to support the 410...especially when I was thinking 20 yards or less....

I'll pattern it, see how she shoots it. At the same time, I'll see if she can handle one of the others. I figure the 20 would be great, but if the 410 will do it... cool.

i've killed a hundred + grouse with that little gun and a chit load of dove.... :)
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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2011, 03:41:13 PM »
#4 shot out of a 410 is going to be a pretty sparse pattern.   :dunno:  I'd go with 6's or even 7 1/2's.
I'd use 3 inch shells and #6 shot. Anything bigger and the pattern will have too many holes in it. You'd have to pattern it but I don't see why it wouldn't kill a turkey out to about 20 yards.

You do that.  Shoot one at 20 yards with 7 1/2's.  My bet is the thing runs for roughly 2.7 miles.

:bs:  At 20 yards with the right choke and a solid head shot, I guarantee that would be a dead turkey and it wouldn't go anywhere but down.

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Re: 410 for a Turkey??
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2011, 08:31:52 PM »
Close range of course.... 3 inch, BB's?? 2's?? Whatchya think? My daughter is really small and I have the first shotgun I ever got when I was 9.... it fits her (except she hates it cause she closed the action on her hand last night!!!! :chuckle: :dunno:)

Doable??? head shot?

First of all regs require nothing larger than #4.  I'd personally not do it.  I'd say there is a BIG reason why a turkey load is 1.75 oz of lead with enough pow pow to hurl it at 1200-1500 fps.  A 410 will give you maybe an ounce?  Sure at short range I'm sure it'll drop it, but what if the bird locks up at 35-45 yards?  I'd definitely pattern before you go.

I vote no...give her a fighting chance. 

 

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