Squirrel hunting with .410

Discussion in 'Small Game' started by bigred, May 22, 2009.

  1. bigred

    bigred New Member

    130
    Jun 13, 2008
    Aiken, SC
    Anyone hunt squirrels with a .410?
    Just wondering what to expect.
    First time I will be using one.
    I have always use a 12 gauge so this might be
    interesting.
     
  2. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    Yep killed lots of em, 3" #6's or larger shot it what I like, used 4's before so as to not shoot em up.

    Works fine just gotta aim a little closer than with a 12ga
     

  3. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    all Ive ever hunted them with is a .22 or a .410 when I was a kid. I have an old Montgomery Wards single shot full choke that killed a bunch of em.
     
  4. SHORTSHOT

    SHORTSHOT Active Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    KANSAS CITY
    TAKING THE SOON TO BE SEVEN YR OLD OUT WITH A .410. SEEMS HE CAN SHOOT BETTER THAN ME.:claphands:
     
  5. seanilebuck

    seanilebuck New Member

    311
    Jan 19, 2009
    midmo
    I have used them all. My first choice when I want squirrel meat is the .410. A .22 is fun in the fall ,also. My current choice is an old singe shot H&R( I think) handed down to me from my mother-in-law's family. Cleaned it up a bit and had it checked out by a reliable smoth. Reliable, save and fun Shoots good!
    Just my opinion
     
  6. bigred

    bigred New Member

    130
    Jun 13, 2008
    Aiken, SC
    Thanks guys.
    I am using 3" 4s' so I should be ok.
    Really, my son is the trigger man this weekend, he has a youth 20 ga,
    so we should have the medicine for them.
    :sniper:
     
  7. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    I'd say you'll do fine, I'd look for mullberries, them rats outta be getting the ripest ones bout now, provide a decent shoot for ya :cheers:
     
  8. Gakic24

    Gakic24 Well-Known Member

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  9. nastyjack63

    nastyjack63 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    osage county
    I kilt my first couple hunnerd squirrels when I was a kid with a Stevens 2 1/2" 410 single shot that belonged to my Grandma. My brother has that gun now but it sure did the job on them tree rats.
     
  10. Squatch

    Squatch New Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Barnhart, Mo
    the .410 is my go-to gun for squirrels, always thought the 12 gauge was a little much
     
  11. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    [rquote=1272039&tid=89049&author=fishshooter]I'd say you'll do fine, I'd look for mullberries, them rats outta be getting the ripest ones bout now, provide a decent shoot for ya :cheers:[/rquote]not even close yet, to be ready in the back yard yet:whiteflag:
     
  12. Codester

    Codester New Member

    38
    Sep 7, 2008
    St.Lous
    my dad has :hysterical:
     
  13. grunter73

    grunter73 Active Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Lincoln County
    My mulberry tree has not ripened yet, but I did get 3 greys out of it this morning. I was using a 28 guage. I do like the .410, but my uncle had gave me a bunch of 28 ga shells to use up. I'll break out my 22 in about a month or so. Once they start cutting those nuts good.

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  14. Thomas_1

    Thomas_1 Member

    74
    Apr 5, 2008
    Fenton, Mo
    I use a Mossberg .410 during the fall when the squirrels are moving on the ground more. I like it because it is light weight to carry all day in the woods. Spring and Summer I use my favorite, a Itacha 16ga pump.
     
  15. leasburg

    leasburg Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    South County MO