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Bolt action .410

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Berto, Mar 15, 2012.


  1. Berto

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    Another possible gem beckoned at the local haunt, a Stevens 59B .410 bolt action shotgun.
    I have absolutely no use for something like this, but it's cheap ($100), has a nifty tube magazine and nondescript hardwood stock. It might be fun for shooting slugs or one of them newer 4 or 5 ball 000 loads from federal.
    I'm not sure what choking it has, if any, but it might be fun to shorten a bit and put sights on it....basically a fun little project gun.
    Worth it?
     

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    Why not? I have a Mossberg bolt action .410 from when I was a kid, but it had a box magazine. Sounds like a fun project to work on.
     

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    I'd go for it, I mean why not?
     
  4. garyjandfamily

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    I grew up shooting my Dad's Springfield .410 bolt action. Shot a lot of quail, grouse, squirrels and rabbits with that gun!

    Made me tough too - thing was so damn heavy that it should have had a gun carriage under it...
     
  5. Berto

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    I plan to buy it once I have the extra cash.
    Long term, I think I will shorten the barrel, refinish the stock and maybe add some sights to replace the bead.
    I have this weird affection for 'unloved' guns like bolt shotguns and .410, no less.:supergrin:
     
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    It probably has a full choke in it, shortening the barrel will remove all choke. With the light payload of the .410 the pattern will be very sparse.

    I would not shorten the barrel on it, unless you want to use it only for slugs.

    Marlin made a version of their model 55 bolt action shotgun with a 20" barrel and a poly choke on it. I was given a 20 ga Model 55 a couple years ago, I've been toying with the idea of making a 20 ga swamp gun out of it. The poly choke would make it useful.
     
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    For $100, go for it. :cool:
     
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    I love bolt action shotguns. I had a Mossberg 16ga one year when dove season came around. We were hunting over a mellow patch and I saw two birds coming in over the patch, I actually got both by working the bolt from the shoulder. It was the coolest thing. They're normally cheaper then even a single shot goes for today and you have 3 rounds(in most) at your finger tips. Just learn to work the bolt from the shoulder(read an excerpt in Guns and Ammo many years ago about working a bolt rifle from the shoulder for dangerous game in Africa and it stuck with me) and you'll be as fast as most guys with a pump gun.
     
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    It would be pretty formidable with the new defense .410 loads out.
     
  10. Berto

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    I'm not sure what direction I'm leaning yet, but the full choke would limit it's usefulness with everything but birdshot-which would be why I chop it.
    I've never seen a polychoke on the .410, but that would be an interesting option.
     
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    Go for it!
    Any excuse to get a new gun is a great one!
     
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    I have a bolt action single-shot .410. So old it doesn't have a serial number. I asked about it at a gun shop, they had it labeled as a .22, so I talked them down another $20 seeing as they obviously had no interest in it.

    It was fun. Lightweight, easy to use. I wish .410 ammo was cheaper. Broke a pin on it, need to replace it. So few moving parts, and it still managed to snap one of them.

    If I saw another in that price range, I'd buy it right away. Single, or with a magazine. Bolt-action shotguns have some strange appeal.
     
  13. Berto

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    If it's still at the shop, I'll snag it. It looks like fun, really.