The .410 gauge is an interesting cartridge. The only common shotgun gauge which is measured in terms of inches, it has undergone a sort of total...resurgence? Perhaps transformation is more accurate.
The .410 was commonly held as the gateway into shotguns, everyone used a little break-open single shot H&R .410 to learn how to shoot shotguns. And it works great for that! It has ample power to dispatch squirrels, rabbits, and upland game birds with ease, and the ability to rid the garden and chicken coop of skunks, snakes, raccoons, possums, and whatever else. You name it.
The problem with it was that it was never going to be viewed (particularly by “savvy shooters” and experts) as anything other than a kid’s gun. And then Taurus came along with a whole different idea: the .410 gauge turn out to be compatible with the .45 Long Colt, so why not marry the two in a double action revolver? Introducing, the Taurus Judge. And reintroducing the old favorite, the .410 gauge shotshell, now in the palm of your hand.
Fiocchi’s #8 shot in 2 ½” length is at home in that old single shot of yours to dispatch pests from your feed barn, garden, and hen house, but is also very much at home in a revolver to dispatch venomous snakes. Shotshells are the best way to kill tough and wiley snakes, but the little CCI shotshells for pistols always left a lot to be desired. They just don’t have enough guts to make a clean kill. However, a .410 in #8 shot has plenty of gusto to slay a viper with easy.
Whether you are teaching your kid how to use a shotgun, dispatching nuisance animals, pests, and small predators from your homestead when the bigger gauges are undesirable, or packing for snakes, Fiocchi #8 shot in your weapon of choice is a gamechanger.
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