Yesterday, whilst Hunting, a friend's beloved horse broke its leg. We were in a remote spot and there was a need for urgency. The Gamekeeper produced an arsenal of weapons, including rifles, but the Huntsman, enormously experienced, opted for a .410 shotgun. Of course he was able to get right up close, but this was the most instant straightforward and relatively unmessy death in such circumstances I have seen. This would certainly be my choice of weapon in the same situation in future. We all have to be ready to do this in emergencies . I have seen a ghastly job done by a knacker with a .22 pistol on a bull, which needed more bullets than he had brought with him. Be prepared. A grizzly subject, but I wonder if members have opinions on what is best.