Out of curiosity, how does the .410 fare as a replacement for the 12ga in regards to small game (rabbit, squirrel), medium sized game, and self defense (in a tight pinch) ? Question originally started brewing as me wanting a lighter recoiling shotgun then my 870 12ga for small game hunting, but I thought to ask regarding the whole gamut. I know all manner of loads are made for the .410, from buckshot and slugs, to #12 shot; and that it's generally a far shorter range than a 12ga/20ga. Thought to ask the experts. This would be mainly a small game scattergun and woods walking gun.