Ok, I won't buy a .410 then!I agree that hunters with 28 ga. or .410, either deserve our admiration, or only talk about their good shots (and forget about the misses and the crippled birds, not to mention the totally destroyed birds).
Ah-ha! I thought so. Uglydog, you're from Minnesota, if I recall correctly. Maybe there's a bit of regionalism at work sometimes. Growing up, though I never got to hunt much, it seemed like I would overhear the occassional convo about what gun to use on what animal and .410 was mentioned a time or two in conjunction with woodcock. Might be a leaves-on issue too as these birds tend to migrate early and I'm from wayyyy up in the north woods country.uglydog said:I beg to differ regarding the .410 as a woodcock gun, at least in the U.S. (this is a pretty old thread). Until a decade ago or thereabouts, the woodcock season opened on September 1 which was a couple of weeks before the grouse season opened and I found a .410 to be very effective at that time. With the leaves still being thick and green, the distance one could see and shoot a woodcock would be measured in feet rather than yards. A half to three quarters of an ounce of 8s was pure poison on woodcock. It also tended to cause many fewer destroyed birds than a much larger amound of shot through a 12 or even 20 *****.