.410-Bore Shotgun Shells

 

You may already be aware of the fact that shotguns are often categorized according to their gauge, which is a term that refers to the weight of a pure lead ball that is the same size as the internal diameter of the barrel of the shotgun. This term is measured in fractions of one pound. Here is a number you may also be familiar with – .410. Those shotguns that are classified as .410 gauge are actually mislabeled. The correct designation is .410 bore, due to the number .410 being an actual measure in inches of the internal diameter of the barrel. The actual gauge of a .410-bore shotgun is mathematically somewhere between 67 and 68 gauge.

 

The .410-bore shotgun is the smallest shotgun that is widely available, which results in .410 shells that are lightly charged. This, however, provides for low recoil, making .410-bore shotguns an excellent choice for less experienced shooters. They are ideal for sport shooting and small-game hunting, but their lightly-charged shells typically make them a poor choice for personal protection and home defense.

 

An interesting aspect of .410-bore shotgun shells is the fact that they share similar base dimensions as the .45 Long Colt cartridge. This has led numerous arms manufacturers to produce revolvers with extended cylinders that will accept both shells and cartridges. To see an example, check out the Taurus Judge.

 

As always, Keepshooting.com is here to provide you with all of the ammunition you need. Our growing shotgun ammunition section is already home to some of the best shotgun shells available. Those looking for .410-bore shotgun shells should consider checking out our Winchester Super-X .410 buckshot. Each package of Winchester .410 buckshot consists of five .410 bore, triple-aught shells (000) that measure 2.5 inches long for $6.10. We also carry Silver Bear .410 shotgun slugs. These 97gr slugs feature a zinc-coated steel case and are perfect for hunting. If you do not see what you are looking for, be sure to check back regularly as our lineup is always growing.

 
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