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Old 10-02-2011, 08:27 AM
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I've always wanted one of those Marlin lever gun .410 shotguns. I've always wanted to get one of these but could not really justify it. I bet it would make a good snake blaster but what else would it be good for? Have any of you ever bird hunted with one? What about deer hunting? But that would be more of would you hunt deer with a .410. I'm trying to convince myself that I need to add one to my list and purchase it.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:44 AM
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They are neat little lever action shotguns. However it's a shame they didn't make it to fire 3" .410 shells & the .410 slug is under powered for Deer sized game, by the average Hunter.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:09 AM
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Good grief no I would not deer hunt with one except maybe in a survival situation, or urban depredation. Get a .30-30 or .35 Rem, either is much superior for the purpose.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:08 PM
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Rossi just released one this year also. I would add that the flexibility of the .410 certainly surpasses any single rifle caliber. Using slugs in this, it's a pretty decent in accuracy. NRA's American Rifleman for this month reviewed it and felt it made a super flexible gun. With slugs it was getting 1700 fps range and 3-5" groups at 50 yards and while not supurb, it'll put down deer. It also did well with several types of shot and buckshot. Read the article on page 68 if you get a chance. The ONLY thing I dislike on the concept is cost of ammo. I think I'd have to look into making my own by fireforming 303 brit brass or .444 marlin brass or buy some from Rocky Mountain Cartridge or Magtech. I think it could be an addicting little gun. much moreso for me than the Circuit Judge.

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Old 10-02-2011, 05:29 PM
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a lever .410 is the next one on my list, hopefully a winchester though. I want it for shooting clay pigeons...just having fun....and maybe a squirrel hunt here and there. I can't imagine any better practice for shooting running deer than trying to hit a clay screaming across with a little 410
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:43 AM
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a lever .410 is the next one on my list, hopefully a winchester though. I want it for shooting clay pigeons...just having fun....and maybe a squirrel hunt here and there. I can't imagine any better practice for shooting running deer than trying to hit a clay screaming across with a little 410
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That's about all the 2.5" .410 shells are good for as a "Fun Gun".
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:27 AM
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I have an original Marlin Model 410 lever-action shotgun, the one made from 1929 to 1932.
I really don't see that a 3" shell would be much of an advantage. Either shell is only good for game out to 25 yards or so. I've killed a few grouse with my Marlin, and with an old Stevens chambered for the 3" shell.
Both guns' patterns open quite a bit beyond 25 yards.
Today's lever-action Marlin or Winchester .410 is just fine with the 2-1/2" shell, in my estimation. It also allows for a shorter action. A longer action made to accommodate a 3" shell would add weight, not only in the lengthened frame but in the interior parts made longer to accommodate it.
My little, old Marlin is a fine shooter but like any .410 it has its range limitations.
After hunting grouse in northern Idaho for a few years with a .410, I went to a Remington Youth Model 870 in 20 gauge. This gives me the extra pellets I might need for longer range shooting.
The Remington Youth Model 20 ga. is a magnificent shotgun for small game in heavy cover. As a home gun, it's also very good. With No. 3 buckshot or slugs, it will put down any intruder as quickly as a 12 gauge, but without the 12's weight and recoil.
I like my old Marlin 410 but the difference of a few pellets between the 2-1/2" and 3" shells will never upgrade it to a long-range critter-slayer.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:56 AM
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I looked at them. thought the only reasonable thing it was good for was rabbit hunting. I hunt a lot of bunnies. But the lack of the 3" shell turned me off. The 2 1/2 are toough to find and often cost more than the 3". I use a 3" 410 double for rabbit all the time, no problem
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I have one that I purchased for my father and he gave it back to me. It is a Winchester 9410 Packer.

He said it was to pretty of a gun to ride in his JD Gator. He was used to a single shot .410 Iver Johnson with 3" chamber.

I use the heck out of that little gun. It is my go to gun for all the night raiders of my chickens and turkeys. I get 2.25" groups with federal slugs at 50yds. #4 shot and the 3slug rounds are deadly on the raccoon and foxes.

I'm thinking some day to have a choke system installed.

Ammo is always at Wally world.

It is my Wifes favorite gun.

Good luck

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