The .410 shotgun is too light to be reliable for deer. That's why most if not all shotgun deer States prohibit its use. A 20 guage is the minimum that should be used on deer.
I would have to respectfully disagree.
The Remington Slugger is a 1/5oz slug moving at 1830fps. That is more muzzle energy than the hottest 357 Remington loads.
0 yds =1830 fps
50 yds = 1335 fps
100 yds = 1040 fps
0 yds =654 ft-lbs
50 yds = 348 ft-lbs
100 yds = 211 ft-lbs
Remington 165 JHP
0 yds = 1290fps
50 yds = 1189fps
100 yds = 1108fps
0 yds = 610 ft-lbs
50 yds = 518 ft-lbs
100 yds = 450 ft-lbs
Now no one would scoff at hunting whitetail with a 357 revolver as long as you keep the ranges reasonable. The 357 holds its energy at longer ranges than a 410 slug does but as long as you limit the range the 410 is a perfectly capable deer gun.
I have check my state game laws and here in Ohio the 410 firing a single round ball or rifle slug is allowed. I plan to hunt deer with my 410 this year. I have a Winchester 9410 Traditional lever action 410 and over sand bags at the range that shotgun will shot a 5-shot 2 inch group at 50yds.
I am very confident with the gun and have hunted with almost nothing else since I got it 10 months ago. My father and uncle’s farm that I will be hunting on is mostly covered with brush and heavy oak stands. I have rarely had opportunity to take a shot at a deer longer than 50yds and would not try it with the 410. The 410 is definitely not to much gun but if you place your shot well and don’t ever extend the range it is sufficient. I’m a bit tired of getting hammered
by my BPS with slugs and that 410 is so nice to carry I just got to give it a try this year. Not to mention the interesting conversation I might have if I run into a Game Warden and he thinks I am using a 30-30 (Rifles are not allowed in Ohio)