The Marlin 410 Lever-Action


410 MarlinThe moment had arrived. I received a phone call that my recent purchase of a Marlin 410 Lever-Action was at my local ffl. As I entered the door I was greeted by Dan, a tall, lanky,  Shooters Encyclopedia of a man, who asked me a simple question, “Before I give you this gun – do you deserve it?” This only served to heighten my anticipation. Sure enough as Dan pulled the shotgun from it’s case I was in awe. There before me was a beautiful firearm.

The Marlin .410 I purchased was a case blued model with heavily checkered furniture of Black Walnut. AT first heft I found the little .410 to be somewhat bulky. Not as comfortable at the side as my old Winchester .32 special, or 30-30. In fact, it felt, well, out of balance, but when I through that little shotgun to my shoulder I knew she was a winner. My eye instinctively fell to the fiber-optic sights which I find a bit “Loud” to my taste, but sooner or later I knew the real test would be on the range. After some small talk and the proper paperwork for Uncle Sam’s boys at ATF I left feeling pretty good about my recent purchase.

The feeling did not subside over the next several days as friends and family stopped by and saw the little .410 in my reloading room. Most guys thought it was a .358, 45-70, or some other large bore rifle. But when they found out it was a .410 the smiles and “Attaboy’s” were numerous.

I took the time to check out the Marlin before heading out to the field. This little gun showed “NO” use to speak of. The bore was clean and showed no signs of use. An initial run of a clean cloth through the bore showed that the gun had some residue – but not much. The action was smooth, the 2.5″ rounds fed well with no hang-ups typical of lever action shotguns. The safety was crisp, but quiet, without any discernible “click”. I grabbed some 2.5″ rounds, my dog Gracie, and away we went for a walk.

The Marlin carried well. It is a heavy little bugger at 7.25 pds, but well balanced. Built on the tried and true 336 frame, the Marlin .410 is 40.5″ long with a 22″ Cylinder-bored barrel. A good brush gun for New England woods walking. I thought of my youthful days chasing snowshoes with hounds in North Central New Hampshire and wished I had that little Marlin then.

After walking some distance I decided on a good spot to do some shooting and settled in. I had brought along some “Homegrown” loads of my own design. A 2.5″ Winchester hull with 17 grains of 2400 and topped with 2 .395 mini balls for muzzleloading. The wad is my own and a secret I may one day reveal, but not here. It is the wad/double shot combo that had allowed me to shoot these rounds from two other .410 cylinder bores with round on round accuracy at 30 yards. I have visions of taking some Northeast Coyotes with this particular load some day. Anyway, I found out that I have the 5 shot model which meant the capacity was 5 in the tube 1 in the  chamber. Some models can only handle 4 rounds in the tube. This to me would not have been an issue since I prefer the .410 as a “shooters n anyway. That is, the .410 is for “One shot-one kill” shooters. Not your “Blast away all the day” types. I have a theory that we often take the sloppy shots because we know there can be a follow-up.

Well I set my target up in a small bowl with a good backstop and paced off 20 yards. Sure enough those fiber optic sights are going. The thought of them reminds me of the sights on my 105 millimeter howitzer when I was at Ft. Bragg – BIG! Anyway, having taken good aim I let the first round go, and the second, third, fourth, etc., etc. what a joy to shoot. The extra weight removes any recoil that a .410 may produce. This is bonus for me since I started with the .410 because of it’s lack of recoil. (Having hurt my back on an Airborne exercise in the military, I found the heavy bore shotguns painful to handle.) Rounds chambered smoothly, quietly, trigger pull was OK, but only OK, I would check it when we got back to the shop.

As I shot there was a noticeable difference in pattern with my “Double Ball” rounds. The spread was anywhere from 4-8 inches at 20 yards. Not bad, but my goal is that spread at 50 yards. Some tweeking at the bench will help this- maybe a few less grains of 2400…

These thoughts and more ran through my mind as I headed home. I had a major surgery coming up in 4 days and knew it would be a month or more before I could shoot again. But I would shoot again, and that little Marlin had stolen my heart. Beauty, practicality, serviceability, ruggedness, all rate top notch and I give this .410 an 8 out of ten score. This of course could change next fall after deer season (Yes I hunt deer with the .410 – and kill them too!). Regardless, I recommend the Marlin .410 Lever Action to anyone.

Now on to price. I purchased mine vie., an auction at www.auctionarms.com. I had looked and waited and watched for the better part of 5 months. Almost daily checking auction arms and www.gunbroker.com as well. The reason is simple, these .410 are no longer in production. They were a limited run in 2003. The original Marlin .410 issued to stockholders in the 20’s and early 30’s can fetch up to $2000. These second run guns sold for 500-600. I had watched them going for 700-900. I bought mine for 550 – it pays to be patient gentlemen. (Which reminds me, read my tutorial on on-line gun bidding at auction).
You can find them with decent prices @ Impact Guns as well.

So there it is guys and gals, my opinion on the .410 Lever action. If you have one, or buy one, please let me know your opinion. You can also find them for sale @ www.410shotgunner.com as well as many other .410 shotguns for sale.

the vintage sportsman

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  1. Terry
    February 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Just bought a new in the box one at Cabelas here in Rogers Minnesota. Owatonna Cabelas tells me they will have some in a couple of weeks. I paid 550.00 as well.. Shells have tripled in the last 5 years. 13-15.00 a box now. Can
    t wait to get to the cabin and shoot it!!!!

    Woodsman

  2. Terry
    March 4, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Both stores in Minnesota have them (Owatonna by march 5) And the Rogers store has them now.

  3. Garrett LeBlanc
    March 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I bought mine at Cabelas in Gonzales, Louisiana for $550. I have not yet had a chance to take it hunting, but I have shot a box of shells through it and I really like it. The only thing I don’t like is the trigger. It has a LOT of slack in it. It just flops forward and backward, worse when cocked. I don’t know if this is normal, or if something is broken, but NONE of my other firearms have a trigger with this much slack in it. I am trying to contact Marlin, to ask someone about this, but I cannot find an email address anywhere on the website, I guess I’l have to use the phone.

    • puritanpastor
      March 9, 2009 at 12:42 am

      Garrett,
      Typical of Marlins, mine does it too. I believe my Winchester 94 and .32 special were the same. I think it is typical of Lever-Actions. Let us know what you find out – and thanks for visiting.
      Brent

  4. March 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

    got mine in orlamdo bass pro shop years ago, hunt hogs with it in s. florida, great gun ! now that i know they dont make it any more its retired, not a scrach on her.

    • puritanpastor
      March 9, 2009 at 12:44 am

      Bob, Do you have some pictures of hog-hunting with your Marlin? I sure would like to post them. Also, what rounds worked best for the hogs? Some pic’s of the gun would be great too – not a scratch on her, that is great. Thanks for visiting!
      Brent

  5. Blue Gray
    June 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Those of us in big bore trade out the Marlin trigger for one made by Wild West Guns out of Anchorage. This gives us no creep and about a 3# pull. I’m taking delivery of a Marlin 410 in the next week or two and have been thinking about switching triggers on it as well.

  6. Jay Phelan
    July 20, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I have one – bought it a few years back and use it to hunt everything I am allowed to legally use it on in New Jersey. It is a great gun. I use it with different size shot & Remington Slugs at the target range. No Complaints. Maybe would prefer a metal sight instead of the fiber optic deal. Often wondered if it is a .450 Marlin doctored up with a cylinder bore as the bolt says .450 on it – Thanks Jay

  7. Emrys Jones
    August 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I love mine and those who have had a go do too. I got it about 2 years ago by default was after a .22 but with the licencing laws in Western Australia the said no to dangerous for your property get a shotgun or something. so I went back and said I need a shotgun what you got no pumps allowed here so there was a selection of side by sides and under overs wasn’t really what I wanted and a marlin .410 it cost me $1400 and not really knowing weather it was going to do what I wanted I bought it. I told a few blokes at work what I just bought and they laughed at me saying it was a girls gun. It doesn’t do what the 12 gauge dose but anyone that has had a go on it wants one it will do small stuff bunnies and birds and has taken kangaroo and wild pigs using rifled slugs up to about 100 meters. I would have another one if the wife would allow when we go on a trip it almost always is with me. Of the roo and 12 bunny’s taken Wednesday night the .22 had 2 bunnies and the 12g had 4 the rest was taken by me and the 410 and I was driving the passenger had the other guns (not at the same time). The .410 was at the ready 4 x no4s in the tube and slugs in an Allen shell holder on the stock so I could push a slug in if a roo came along as one did soon after the first bunny. I have a 30-30 marlin and a Steyr scout to but of all the .410 is the most usefull sure it wont shoot out past the 100 with solids but a .357 or .44 mags arnt much out there and they wont do quail or small birds. I have been asked to clear out farmers sheds with light stuf because hes sick of the bird droppings on his tractors and a 12g is just too much at times. Anyway as you acn tell I do like my little gun and wont swap it used in its limitations it impresses.

    • puritanpastor
      August 19, 2010 at 1:05 am

      Emry,
      Thanks for the post! Could you send us some pictures of these critters you are shooting with that 410?

  8. August 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

    The baby on the coffee table the map is for a trip were planning were in Western Australia will send some pics as the critters are curently in the frezzer we go nearly 20 kg of meat of the roo and the bunnies will send some pics after the next shoot Ps the bipod is just for the photo [IMG]http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af120/emrys74/toys/DSC_0083.jpg[/IMG]

    till then stay safe

    Em

  9. August 19, 2010 at 1:24 am

    not sure how to do the photo think hope you can get the link
    will ty some video on the next shoot may be taking it out to have a shot at billy goats come end of sept as a back up for the .308
    till then
    Em.

  10. ds
    August 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I have had mine for over 3 years now. I do not hunt but wanted a nice little gun to take to the range and pass on to the kids. I like showing this gun, the quality is great. Maybe a 357 marlin will be setting beside it soon!

    • puritanpastor
      September 2, 2010 at 4:36 am

      Great Little shotguns. I have thought of the 357 too – maybe its time to get one. Thanks for visiting!
      Brent

  11. September 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hi guys had another evening away in the bush with the Wife an mate and a bunch of unlucky critters got up to the farm about 2ish setup camp had a drink and decides how we were going to do this as a Discovery is not the best for shooting out of but better than walking as we have 4500 acres to cover. Normally on the way in we see some signs of life but this time nothing.We headed down to the bottom paddock just on sun set for a look around nothing in the top corner and on getting to the bottom of that fence line 2 bunnies ran out of the grass under the fence and into the scrub. No chance they were too far off we stopped adjusted the lights so they covered a larger area and we headed of on foot with the car behind. We had a bit of success but seemed to be disturbing them before we got in range the .410 was of no use and the 12g not much better. so we decided that we would sit on the front of the car feet resting on the bull bar .410 on the right covering the field and the 12g on the left the fence go’s about 2km maybe 3 and after 1 slow pass up we had 7 bunnies on the wire. we had a rest for a bit before turning around I got out the .22 which has a 6 inch “power beam” light mounted on it I could see the little buggers out at about 100m but only had 10 or 15 shots before the plug gave up and left me with a nice little burn we drove back along the fence line about half way and there was a mad rush bunnies every where we each got off a bunch of shots the 12g hit 4 and 3 on the .410 unfortunately the 12g hit 2 with some OOsg and they weren’t worth having. We ended up going for a bit of a drive around to see what else we could find and stumbled across some roos but once again were to far away. We headed back up the fence line with only one more each giving us a tally for the evening of 14. 8 to the 12g and 6 to the .410. as we headed for the gate the wife spoted something a few hundred meters away a Skippy “go” “go” she planted the pedal to the floor as i fumbled to get some slugs in the tube we hurtled across the paddock towards it as it bounded off into the distance the 12g let of 2 shots the roo didn’t falter but now we were between it and the fence it changed direction to go behind and i was on the wrong side for a shot she hit the brakes and i jumped out it took a few shots to hit him but when the slug found its mark he stopped dead. We hooked him onto the back of the car and headed back to the camp with my mate sitting on the roof rack so he had good 360 visibility. about halfway back and reasonably happy with our score for 3 hours a big western grey bounced out in front of us and again the 12g let fly at about 50m the number 4 shot is not up to the hide of a roo but it certainly stunned it and allowed me to once again send a couple of slugs to him. We tried to hang him on the back but we couldn’t lift the bugger that high. This trip the .410 didn’t really out shoot the 12g but we would have been down on meat if we had used anything else. http://s999.photobucket.com/albums/af120/emrys74/Hunting%20some%20images%20May%20disturb/

  12. michael
    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 am

    my marlin 410 is a fun gun it may be small but it packs one hell of a punch , like all the other guys said my mates laughed at me also calling it a girls gun ,that is untill they fired it :) now they want one , but unlucky for them cause marlin stopped making them back in #03 and there’s only 4 in left in the state so im told…i’ve posted a video up on youtube of me shooting for the first time if any of you guys wanna check it out should be the first clip that comes up under ( marlin 410 )

  13. chris
    December 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

    cool shotgun i like it so much!!!marlin 410??? or winchester???whats the different??? who is the better??? anyone knows the prices in europe???tnks guys!!!

  14. Emrys
    December 15, 2010 at 2:44 am

    well you’ll be lucky if you can get a new one they stopped making them in 03 although there has been a batch of new ones down here in Australia. the difference is between Winchester and marlin is like the difference between Volvo and Saab and when it comes to the lever action 410 i dont think that Winchester ever made one. As for better its hard to beat for lever actions as far as reliability but Winchester wrote the book. It comes down to what you feel happy with im over 6 foot tall so the marlin suits me i have a mate who loves the marlin but is happy with his Winchester because hes a bit smaller. but personaly i love my .410 and in the words od my felow country man “I like guns” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TC2xTCb_GU
    check out the link its a good laugh.

  15. Chad Salyer
    December 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    19Dec10: Just bought one @ Cabela’s in Buda,TX. They had 15 on hand. Are these into new production, or just holdovers from ’03. I want to use it, but will save it if it is a collectible. Have an ’06 9410 in the safe and really enjoy hunting w/ my single-shot.
    Let me know if I should save it or use it.

    • puritanpastor
      December 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Just got the “Rest” of your comment. I would not be afraid to shoot your Marlin – just treat it well. Did you get the Stainless or the blued model? The blued models are far more sought after. As for the 9410 – You lucked out! Those things are megabucks now 800-900 minimum!
      What do you have for a single shot 410 shotgun? Can you send some pics along for us?
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Brent

  16. Jan Hus
    January 5, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Emrys Jones….. you make me want to live in Ausi land. I am truely impressed.

  17. Sonny Irvin
    January 29, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I received mine as a hand down/birthday gift from an uncle when I was a very young man, probably around 12-16. Today, it is still in my closet, having been fired very few times and looking like new. I’m now 65 years old and cherish the memories of my uncle and the special gift he gave me so many years ago.

  18. David
    February 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I just bought one from Cabelas and when you look down the barrel from all directions it appears to be bent. I showed it to others who know a lot more about guns than I and they say it looks “funny” to them too. Has anyone seen this or is it just me.

    • The Vintage Sportsman
      February 6, 2011 at 2:57 am

      Bent barrel – not good. Can you get me some pictures? Of course I recommend taking it to a gunsmith, or back to Cabelas, the Marlin 410 would be a tough barrel to bend. Anyway, let me know what you find out and thanks for stopping by.
      Brent

    • The Vintage Sportsman
      February 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

      David,
      I just published a recipe for a 210 grain 410 slug that would be perfect for the Marlin. Do you reload?

  19. Ian Williams
    March 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I have had my Marlin 410 for 2 years now and is my favorite gun.
    Slams rabbits on the run no problem .When I picked it up from the gun shop here in Melbourne it was the first one they had seen . They were keen to keep it on the rack. Shame it doesent take 3inch as well

    • Brent MacArthur Charles
      March 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Ian,
      I agree, great rabbit guns! Do you reload? I have some great recipes for 2.5″ rounds. Also, do you have any pic’s you could send us of your Marlin? Maybe some of you hunting too? Let me know and thanks for stopping by.
      Brent

  20. kevin
    July 20, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Has anyone shoot 000 buck with it?

  21. SaigaMan
    August 21, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I want a Boar hunting load with 2 big lead chunks in it and I think the .41 load would work just fine.

    • August 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Oh Yeah! Tell me what 410 shotgun your shooting and I will suggest a proper recipe for a .41 caliber pumpkin Ball round.

  22. Scott
    December 14, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I love my Marlin .410 and they seem to be readily available at the Cableas stores that we have here. I put a Bushnell Trophy scope on mine and I love it!! I took 3 whitetail deer here this season one of them being a very, large buck who weighed over 200 lbs. All of them dropped within 20 yards of my stand. The first doe that I shot ran past my stand and I was able to cyle the gun and hit her again before she went into the high grass. When I took her to the processor he was amazed that the slugs were almost in the same hole! I have sighted her in at 50 yards and the slugs will touch at that range. I do spend a lot of time shooting it at 2 liter plastic bottles, melons, bowling pins and it is a lot of fun and good practice for the hunting season. Its a great gun and I have even considered getting another.

    • December 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Pictures man! We need pictures! This is great stuff! What slugs were you using?

    • Ron
      December 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

      I took a two hour drive down to the Cabela’s store in Dundee, MI last Sunday to look at one and thought I might not buy it if it didn’t meet my expectations. I wanted the gun to have the same pistol grip , blueing and wood quality as my other Marlin. The thought of making a four hour round trip for nothing was not what I wanted to do. I told the counter guy I wanted to see the 1895 Marlin / .410 and he looked at me like I was crazy but he found one that was in the storeroom and brought it out. I waited while he cut the tape on the box and slowly removed the packing and I tell ya it felt like Christmas morning when I was a kid. Anyway I fell in love with the gun at first sight. It looks and handles just like my Marlin 1895 / 450 and I was very impressed with the wood and checkering on the stock. It is a bit pricey even at the sale price of $499 (good through the end of December 2011) and I could have bought nice Remington 870 for less but anyone who loves guns knows that it isn’t about price sometimes. I have not had time to take it out shooting yet due to the Christmas rush and shopping but it will happen soon. I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet trying to find the best 2.5″ slug load because I want to try it on deer in lower Michigan. I see a lot of guy use the Breneke slugs while others load their own with pumpkins balls or even 200gr bullitt loads. Any other ideas out there?

  23. Scott
    December 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I am going to be out a few days on a business trip but I promise to send the pictures in when I get back. have been using Winchester 2.5 inch slugs and I want to try the breneke slugs which are a 1/4 of an ounce. I am not sure if the Winchesters are the best slug to use but I am planning on getting some different types to see how they print. I was very impressed with the accuracy of the Winchesters and without getting into any graphic detail I was amazed at the internal damage that they did. With price of shells being what they are now -a -days its pretty nice that I can shoot them for less than $5.00 per box.

  24. January 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Valuable information. Fortunate me I discovered your web site accidentally, and I am shocked why this accident didn’t took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

  25. Scott
    January 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I have tried to send my pictures via my cell phone to this site and I have not had any luck with it. Does anyone have any idea how I can get this done? I would appreciate it.

  26. Peter
    April 16, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Just bought my Marlin .410 lever new in the box up here in Whitehorse Y.T. Canada. Haven’t taken it out yet but just gave it a cleaning and am heading out shortly. Paid 560 new.

    • Allan Franz
      June 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Peter, I live in Abbotsford BC Canada and have been trying to purchase a Marlin 410 Lever action Shotgun. I gave up a year ago as no one in Canda carries this Shotgun including Cabelas Canada. What store or Distributor were you able to Purchase this Firearm from . E-mail: gencare@shaw.ca
      Thanks: Allan

  27. Ron
    April 24, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Paid $499 plus tax for mine last December so the price sounds good. I think it is a beautiful gun for the money.

    • April 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

      They are beautiful. You managed to get yours for a decent price too. What do you plan to shoot with that .410 shotgun?

    • May 4, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Definitely a beautiful Gun – why did you want one? Brent

  28. Ron
    May 4, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Well I began looking for a 12GA pump to use for deer hunting in the shotgun only zone in the southern part of Michigan. I was searching the different web sites for Cabela’s, Dunham”s and Gander Mountain to see if anyone had a Remington pump on sale when I came across an ad for the Marlin lever action .410 and it caught my interest because I’ve been using a 450 Marlin Lever Action during rifle season several years. I drove down to the Cabela’s store in Dundee Michigan and asked to see one. The guy at the counter gave me a funny look as if he didn’t know that Marlin made that model in a .410 but he went back to the vault and pulled one out for me to look at. I knew that I was not leaving the store without this gun as soon as I saw it. It wasn’t the 12GA i started out to buy but I thought I could still use the 450 Marlin in the rifle zones and simply switch to the .410 in the shotgun zone if I could find a good slug load. The guns look and feel identical and I put a scope on the .410 just like the one I have on the 450. I prefer to use a scope over open sights even at short distances and dial down to 1.5 X for anything up to 70 yards. I was not impressed with what I read about the factory .410 2.5″ slug loads and began searching for a hand load that would get the job done out to 70 yards. It seems that the factory loads are all cut to the minimum in order to keep it safe for use in any .410 shotgun that is out there and no one sells a factory load that would allow the shooter to make full use of Marlin cylinder bore. I’m not an expert at all on ballestics but that is how seems to me. I think the Marlin .410 is much more capable that what the factory loads from Remington and Winchester have to offer.That is how I came to fing this web site. I’ve loaded a few of my own slug loads but still have not tried them out. I’ll post here when have some results to share.

    • May 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Well, The 170 grain .40 semi-wadcutter and the 210 grain semi-wadcutters can both be shot as .410 shotgun slugs. Please check this out and let me know what you think: http://wp.me/Poj4J-fJ Brent

  29. Ron
    May 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Yes, I saw that video and loaded 10 shells with 8gn of 2400 and 10 more shells swith 10 gn of 2400 powder using 1/2″ inch felt wad and the same plastic wad as in the video. The roll crip worked great with the 8gn loads in 2.5″ casings but I noticed that with a 1/2″ felt wad and 10gn of powder is was difficult to get a good roll crimp. I plan to shoot the 8s first and then move up to the 10s if things go well. If I load more 10gn shells or ever increase to 12gn, my thought is to cut the felt wad down to 3/8″ to allow enough casing material to get a good roll crip. I plan to go slow by first shooting some Remington, Winchester and Breneke loads and then try the 8s with the 210 semi wadcutters. I have noticed that the wadcutters range from 209gn up to 217gn out of the same box which concerns me. Being new to this I’m trying to be cautious as i move forward and don’t want to be careless. I have been thinking that I might remove some lead from the heavier wadcutters to get them down to 210. Someone reading this is probably laughing at me for being too cautious but until I get more experienced I want to avoid doing anything stupid.

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

      No! Be cautious! Always work up slowly and watch for pressure signs: Popped primers, bulging bases and burnt roll crimps. You will find that the higher you go with the powder charge the accuracy will begin to fall off. My sweet spot was actually 10 grains in my Mossberg 183K. With 10 grains and a 210 grain slug I could hold a 2″-3″ group at 30 yards.

  30. Ron
    May 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

    At what range do you feel the load is capable of taking down a Whitetail and does the accuracy fall below acceptable limits at a certain range? Years ago I spent an afternoon and a lot of $$ trying to sight in a Remington 870 with a rifled slug barrel at a 100 yards for my son. We found that the accuracy varied greatly from one box of slugs to another. We would get the shotgun on target for a 100 yards with one box of slugs and then go to another box of slugs by the same manufacturer and the slugs would hit the ground 20 feet in front of the target. Open a third box and and the results would be altogether different from the first two. At the end of the day I learned that it just was not practical to sight in a 12GA beyond 70 or 80 yards. I’m thinking there might be a range limit for the .410 as well.

    • May 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

      My rule of thumb when hunting anything with a .410 shotgun is to have a bow-hunters mentality. Consider it a primitive weapon. 40 Yards is maximum that I have taken whitetails with the .410 shotgun. Two reasons: 1. Accuracy does fall off at this point with anything but the Brenneke 410 slugs. and 2. Stopping power greatly diminishes as well. Your problem with your sons 12 gauge is normal. Ammunition manufacturers produce their ammo in “Lots” using same powder, measures, primers, hulls, slugs, etc., etc.., Therefore two boxes of Remington slugs can vary greatly according to the Lots. That second box may have been short on powder by justr a few grains – but enough to throw off the 12 gauge slugs trajectory. When it comes to shotgun slugs, spend the extra money on Brenneke’s. In my opinion Brenneke is the “Match Ammo” of the shotgun slug world. I have shot 2″ groups at 75 yards from both an Harrington Richardson single shot 410 and a Saiga 410! Awesome stuff. With the hand loaded 410 shotgun slug it is all about weight. The .40 Semi-wadcutter with 8 grains of 2400 or Red Dot will travel faster and be more lethal at short distances – but accuracy wains quickly beyond 10-15 yards. They just do not seem to stabilize well. On the other hand a heavier 200 grain slug with less powder maintains its stability further and extends the range by a few yards. So just keep a bowhunters mentality when hunting with the 410 shotgun. Brent

  31. scott
    May 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Excellent advice Brent. All of my deer have been shot within 40 yards which is certainly within the yardage capabilities of most bows. I get very good groups at 50 yards with my Marlin though and I would not hesitate to take a deer at that range or a few yards beyond.
    I have not tried the Brenneke slugs so I will have to take a box or two out to the range to see what they can do. On my annual trip to my brothers house I had brought a broken water heater to the shooting range. While I don’t advise shooting anything metal, I was once again suprised that the .410 slugs penetrated it. Not only that, the slugs holes were so close together that they touched! That was 30 yards away shooting off hand. The combination of the scope and slugs have made this very accurate. I would not hesitate to use it for boar hunting as long as the range was short and the pigs were not monsters. I am actually making me some plans to try it this fall.

  32. Eric
    May 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I just picked up a new in the box Marlin .410 lever gun from the new Cabella’s in Tulalip, WA. They had to ship it up from the Lacey, WA store where they had three. They should have two left. Price was $400.

    • May 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

      At $400 for a new Marlin 410 lever action you better buy the rest! I sold one on Gunbroker for $475.00!

      • Fivecoat
        August 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        I have a marlin model 410 in stainless steal. I’m thinking about selling it and am curious what it’s worth?

      • August 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

        Ron,
        Have seen them anywhere from 800-1000 depending on condition.
        Brent

  33. Ron
    May 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Sounds like a great deal. I’m sure you will never find a new one for any less than that. I saw where some were being sold for about $700 a few years ago.

  34. Greg
    August 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I’m stationed in Germany and purchased two of them three years ago at a sell at the Franconia sporting store for $60 a piece, they’re sill in my safe unfired. I was think about taking one out and using it this year for boar and wondering what’s the best factory slug to use? I know now that I got them at a steal and only wish that I had purchased the remaining two that they had.

  35. Ken K
    December 8, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I learned to hunt with one in the late 50’s. Dad was working for the Fed. Gov. in South Dakota (30’s and 40’s) and when he left he traded his 410 pistol for the lever action 410. He said they used to hunt pheasants with the pistol in South Dakota as they would sit on high wires and you’d plink them from the car. He told stories of piles of pheasant with just the breast removed. I still have the lever 410 as its the best pheasant and rabbit gun I’ve ever shot. Light weight and quick. I’m 71 yrs old now and am relegated to fishing and pretending I’m deer hunting with the kids and grandkids. The little lever 410 is still the most valuable gun in my collection because of the memories it invokes and the sentimental value.

  36. Emrys Jones
    December 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Nice wish we could afford to plink with our .410 the cost of ammo here in Australia for them rivals my .300 win mag so it only comes out occasionally. I agree its probably my most valuble gun too and for similar reason it’s certainly not the most expensive but definitely my favoret.

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