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High velocity .410 bore?
« on: August 17, 2009, 09:50:17 am »
Anybody have any pointers on where to find .410 bore ammo that will propel #4 or #5 shot at velocities in excess of 1200fps? Faster is clearly better as far as I am concerned. I found out yesterday my .410 is possibly under penetrating on tough squirrel hides. Does this ammo exist? The fastest I can find is in the 1135fps range.
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    Re: High velocity .410 bore?
    « Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 09:49:46 am »
    To get substantially higher MV in those shot sizes in 410 you are probably going to have to reload.
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    Re: High velocity .410 bore?
    « Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 08:03:40 pm »
    Damn.
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    Re: High velocity .410 bore?
    « Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 02:51:25 am »
    The highest velocity loads top out just a hair above 1200fps.  The 2 1/2 inch loads shoot a bit faster than their 3 inch counterparts but carry a little less payload.

    The best .410 shells I've come across for hunting have been Winchester Super-X High Brass Game and Field loads.  4 shot seems to knock rabbits and squirrels down better than the lighter stuff.  The 6 and 7 sizes don't penetrate as well.  With any of the rounds trying to kill a squirrel in the tippy top of a very tall tree can be almost too much for it.

    A .410 is really an expert's gun.  You have to be very accurate and work within the limitations of the round.  I hate to see people start their kids out on .410s because it is so difficult to shoot effectively.

    I enjoy shooting and hunting with my .410 but I don't do it too much simply because the ammo is so darned high.  Something I hope to remedy once I start reloading.

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    Re: High velocity .410 bore?
    « Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009, 06:25:48 am »
    Funny. Just yesterday I was browsing on cabelas.com and happened to see the Winchester Super X. I definitely plan to pick up a box and see what it does to the local squirrels. Agreed that the .410 is not for kids, and when the shots get longer after the leaves are off the trees I will switch to the .22, but for now it is the right tool for the job. I think my main problem last weekend was that I used #6 shot out of slothfulness. I have never bought anything except #4 in .410, but Wal-Mart only had the #6 and I was too lazy to shop around even though plenty of places here in town have the #4s in stock. I won't make that mistake again. Not a very good feeling to shoot an animal and know you didn't make a clean kill.
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    Re: High velocity .410 bore?
    « Reply #5 on: August 22, 2009, 04:09:41 am »
    6s will do the job as will 7s but it seems like you have to bring in the range some.

    I'm going to try 6s on some doves this year for the heck of it.  I use it on quail in the heavy cover on my farm sometimes for kicks.  It'll knock down a quail as long as you aren't trying long shots.  Plus it doesn't tear up the meat quite as bad.  Smack a quail up close with a 12 and it makes a mess of it.

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