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    .410 advice for teaching the mrs & kids please

    Morning chaps,
    Just wondering if a .410 single barrel shotgun would be the ideal gun to let the mrs have a go at shooting some clays, and then eventually teaching my boys how to shoot?

    I've seen a Cooey (which I've never heard of) on gunwatch in very good condition for 60 and thought it might fit the bill.

    Any thoughts please as I'm not into shotguns too much,

    Cheers

    Stratts
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    I would go 28 or 20 bore with light loads. Not easy to hit clays with a 410 as there isn't much lead in the air!!

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    Ah ok thanks mate I wasn't sure about the amount of recoil on the other calibres. Also don't want to spend a wedge of money as I've got a new scope to buy for my .308, lol!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholiath View Post
    I would go 28 or 20 bore with light loads. Not easy to hit clays with a 410 as there isn't much lead in the air!!
    Yep, what he said, although the 20 would be my choice. There are a good few junior size versions out there now (Lincoln,Webley, Yildiz)but the impotrant bit is the load. 21 gram is readily available and still throws a good pattern. .410's and 28's are very capable calibres in the right hands, but they will be very disheartening for beginners who won't hit very much! I would also avoid getting a semi-auto. They may be light but I've seen some horrific safety issues with them and novices! Small over and under 20 bore with a 21gram 8 shot load would be my ideal solution.
    MS

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    Thanks MS sounds like a plan. I'm over your neck of the woods at Occold on Wed, do you know of any cheapies going I could look at while there?

    I'll chuck up a wanted ad too, to see what's about,

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    Buy an old single barrel Baikal etc and use 21gr cartridges. Much better results and cheap to feed

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    Quote Originally Posted by R8 user View Post
    Buy an old single barrel Baikal etc and use 21gr cartridges. Much better results and cheap to feed
    Still in 20 bore mate? Just looked on guntrader and they are more expensive than 12 bore's!
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    For clays a .410 would be useless but on rabbit and feral pigeons around the farm a .410 will be rewarding. A 28 or 20 will hit more and kill anything a 12 can without the weight and recoil. A Cooey will come in handy around Christmas time as a poker for turning the Yule log over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stratts View Post
    Still in 20 bore mate? Just looked on guntrader and they are more expensive than 12 bore's!
    No 12 bore, they won't kick with a 21gr clay load

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    A lot will depend on the size of kids. Most 20 bores now weigh around 6 to 6.5lbs, whereas most single 410's are at the 4lb mark. This makes a big difference for smaller kids and small adults. Yes they are more difficult to hit with, but provided you have nice large slow incoming clays then a 410 will hit more than enough to keep them interested. My daughter will continue with a single barreled 410, for the very simple reason that she shoots well with it, and if she goes to a bigger gun, she will make her father's shooting look some what suspect!

    With youngsters keeping them interested - don't discount putting clays out on the gruond or even better balloons filled with water etc.

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