.410 double barrel shotgun


November 10, 2007, 08:36 PM
My son is asking for another .410 shotgun for Christmas. He's already got on old single shot bolt action .410 my father gave me. Now he wants a .410 double bbl. Does anyone make a current production model and if so, who? I don't want to rob a bank to get one though. I saw a 28 gauge at CDNN. I've never shot a 28 gauge. How does it compare to a .410. I've got a 12 and 20 gauge but I've never shot a .28. Thanks for any suggestions.

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November 10, 2007, 09:07 PM
How old is he? How big is he? For example my 13 y.o. daughter is now 5'7" and can handle full 12 guage loads. You want something that will challenge him for a couple of years if possible.

November 10, 2007, 10:06 PM
The 28, I've never shot. But from anecdotal stories I've read, it is a very effective upland bird guage. Ammo is supposed to be a bit harder to get hold of than a 20, but with less recoil. So, it would be a practical step between the .410 and 20 if the recoil is the concern. Shot patterns are supposed to be much better than the .410.

I did find a couple of 28 guage shot shells the other week while I was out fruitlessly searching for quail. That's as close as I have personally come to one, so take it for what it's worth.

November 10, 2007, 10:48 PM
Get him a 20. You can get light loads every where-CHEAP. The 28 is great but not cheap (unless you reload) and usually in higher priced formats.

November 11, 2007, 12:06 AM
Current production .410 side by sides are somewhat limited. Check out the Charles Daley , and the Stoeger models.

November 11, 2007, 07:55 AM
Thanks guys for the suggestions. He is 9 yrs old and pretty stocky, he's been riding dirt bikes since he was 3. He's probably 70 pds. He can shoot my .243 but not very comfortable with it. He's never shot the .20 gauge. With light loads he might could. I want it to be something he'll be comfortable with, otherwise it'll sit in the gun cabinet.

November 11, 2007, 08:34 AM
I had a 28 Ruger Red Label. Low recoil and quite effective on doves. Shells are hard to find and very expensive.

I'd also suggest the 20 gauge, which was my first "real" shotgun after a .410 bolt action. You can get heavy loads that make it equal to a regular field load 12 gauge, or lighten up with trap loads. It's also big enough to use for deer hunting, or ducks.

November 11, 2007, 11:42 AM
CZ makes a very good double 410, that can be had for about 6 bills. I once in a while see old savage/stevens 410's for less, but one must jump on them as soon as one see's them, else they vanish.

There has been an on-going (like 20 years) "discussion" at my club as to the suitability of 410 bores for youngsters to learn on. Many of us did it, and most of us agree that it is not a good thing.

A 410, especially for wing-shooting, should be considered an experts gun, and I would place a 28 very nearly in that category as well. The potential of turning a young person off in frustration is exceptionally high.

You'll find that recoil is to a large degree a result of proper gun fit, as much as the size and power of the shell.

Find a good 20 and if necessary, pay a good stock smith the money to fit it to your youngster. In the long run, you'll be money ahead.

November 11, 2007, 02:23 PM
I bought a Stoeger 410 for my wife it was NIB and I gave around 225 for it.

November 11, 2007, 02:47 PM
.410 are still very popular in the UK,mainly used as a rabbit gun.Still produced in Spain in large No's.28b is becoming very popular again in the UK,and is seen more and more on driven days.Light easy to manage,and if you can hit a moving bird with one you are starting well.Shells in the Uk are easy to come by and start at $7.00 for 25.

November 11, 2007, 04:16 PM
+1 on the Stoeger Coachman .410 shotgun. My nieces have shot one and they like it.

.410 is perfect for a 9-yr-old. Get him a 20 ga. when he's eleven.

November 11, 2007, 11:12 PM
I recently picked up a nice Turkish over/under in .410 for around $550. I grew up hunting with a .410 and still prefer it. I mostly use my Mossberg 500 for hunting. I like the challenge of using the .410 plus I like making my buddies mad when they all miss with their 12 gages and I hit the target/quail with my lil ol .410.

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