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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2019, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Default Best 410 Contender barrel length?

Been thinking about getting a 410 barrel for my Contender pistol. Looking for advice on barrel length. Expect to use for carry when wood walking, maybe squirrel and rabbit hunting. Maybe even a little gobbler hunting.

I have been thinking 10 simply for weight/convenience. VR certainly. No need for alternate use in 45 LC. Any reason to go up to 12 or 14 inch?

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I would think that length of bore will be relative to shot column arrangement and that longer would be better.
No reason to hamper pellet performance with a 'sawed-off'.
Must be why the .410 smooth bores in longer lengths garner such high prices.
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In the rifled barrel like the 45/410 I don't think the extra couple of inches would help with shot pattern densecty but may gain some velocity over a 10". The problem with rifled barrels is the rifling itself. It spins the wad as it would a bullet which loosens up the shot. The chock has fingers to grasp the wad and stop it from spinning at the muzzle but the rotational force that has already been imparted on the shot causes the shot pattern to spread as soon as it exits the muzzle causing wide shot patterns. Even at 10 yards its hard to get several pellets into a small kill zone on animals like squirrel and rabbits. That said don't take me the wrong way I've enjoyed many squirrel hunts with my 10" 45/410 contender but I've left many squirrels just laughing at me at the tops of some not to tall hickory's. But as they say it only takes one well placed pellet to dispatch 'em.

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When I had a large contender collection my favorite was the 14 inch vent rib in stainless steel. I only shot 410 shells in it as the 45 colt patterned like a shot gun but only one bullet at a time. It was my go to snake gun I loved it, most of the time I had it mounted on a G2 stainless with Packmire grips. I never tried it but I would think it would have been good to shoot snapping turtles in my farm pond.

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I've had 10", 14" and 16" barrels. No comparison in .410 performance. The 16 wins hands down, especially at typical rabbit and squirrel ranges. Yes I killed some squirrels with the 10", but they were very close in.
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"length of bore will be relative to shot column"
in addition smoother is better

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