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Old March 4, 1999, 12:39 PM   #4
cornered rat
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Single-shot .410 has very little kick, is light and easy to aim. However, it does not have much power or range. Could lack of range be an advantage from stand-point of safety?

20ga kicks much harder, esp. light single-shot models...do you really want to teach the kid to flinch from the start?

I am much in favor of .410 for kids or skittish adults...they can still do damage with slugs or BB shot, but without the kick that comes with much heavier 20ga OTOH, I tend to be a whimp...and most 12-13yr old kids I know who hunt or shoot trap use a 12ga.
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