Originally Posted by quackaddict
Im picking up a 410 single shot to take a youth small game hunting...my question is whats the best shot size for small game? thanks much!
If you really want the youth to do their best and be successful read on...If you just want to give it "A lick and kiss" skip the following:
You need to know if the gun is full or modified choke, the distance one is likely to shoot ...squirrels from 80' trees or 40' trees.
The 410 is an excellent short range shotgun for small game and it don't put an excess amount of pellets in the table fare, but you have to hit them directly.
A single shot will not come with any sight adjustment and you have to aim right on just like a rifle.
Therefore to get the very best performance you need to pattern the weapon just like a turkey load, since kids normally love to shoot this usually isn't a problem.
Have the shooter start shooting at close range at a 30" X 30" piece of paper or cardboard with an small circle or X. If the center of the pattern is at the point of aim no adjustments are needed. Use more than one shot of each shell to be certain. One load or shot size may work perfect and another may be way off.
Select the best pattering shell and increase the shot range to determine the max range for the gun, load and individual.
Squirrels are thick skin so 5-6's are good if the pattern is there 4 don't have many pellets.
Rabbits are thin skinned and 6 or 7 1/2 work well but, go with the pattern.
I shot my first squirrel, rabbit, quail and groundhog with a single shot full choke 410.