Bushytails, Bunnies & Birds

posted on November 21, 2013
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Few .410 bore loads offer true “premium” performance; however, the load below does just that. I selected 11/16 ounces of nickel-plated No. 5 shot because per-pellet energy and depth of penetration at longer distances are greater than could be attained from non-plated shot of smaller size. When delivered by the MG410 wad, patterns even at 30 yards are still quite good.

Hull: 3" Cheddite (Multi-Hull)

Primer: Cheddite 209

Propellant/Charge: H110/16.0 grs.

Wad: Ballistic Products MG410

Shot Size/Type/Weight: No. 5/nickel-plated lead/11/16 oz.

Other: over-shot card

Crimp Type: fold

Velocity @ 5' (f.p.s.): 1152

Pressure (p.s.i.): 9,700

Pattern Percentages (30"; 10"): 83%; 19%*

Uses: hunting (squirrels, rabbits, upland birds, turkeys [within 25 yds.])

Notes: test shotgun: 24"-barreled Mossberg Model 500 with a full choke: *Shot percentage inside of 30" and 10" circles @ 30 yds.

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