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Old 54
March 3, 2011, 05:07 PM
I know this may be a dangerious question, but I don't have any experience with this one. I have a Snake Tamer 410 ga. Can 45 long colt ammo be fired in this gun? I know the barrel is not rifled but the chamber is built like a cannon and could take the pressure, but what about the fitment?

March 3, 2011, 05:41 PM
Guns like the Judge are designed around the 45 and just so happen to be built to handle the length of the 410. The pressures are somewhat different, and with no rifling, you won't hit anything......nevermind overstressing the gun and possibly have it take a finger or two off

March 3, 2011, 05:58 PM
Don't do it!

Not if you value your fingers, hands, and eyes.


March 3, 2011, 05:59 PM
sounds dangerous... wouldnt try it myself, even if someone told me it was okay. call the manufacturer and ask if you really want to be sure.

March 3, 2011, 09:31 PM
A 45 LC won't fit in my snake charmer's barrel. The Judge has a step in the chamber to allow the 45LC. (messes up my brass shotshells). IF it fit, and I really had to, I might try a cowboy pressure load in my shotgun. If the fired case fell out of the chamber by gravity alone, I might do it again. But that's just me.

March 3, 2011, 09:49 PM
45 LC in a H&R 410 Tamer ?...always check the barrel for acceptable ammo with any firearm! Please Be Safe...call H&R and ask for advice first, (866) 776-9292.

H&R does make the 410 / 45 LC Survivor, it is rifled, and is bore sized / chambered to accept the larger diameter 45 LC bullet. With it all 410 shot shell has to be used with a screw in "Rifle Choke," (about a modified +) and you give up 410 slugs...the heavier 45 LC is the guns slug. It is a much different gun than the 410 Tamer...

Buzzard Bait
March 3, 2011, 09:59 PM

Old 54
March 4, 2011, 04:07 PM
I would never shoot anything that was not specified for the firearm. However, I was curious about the fitment. Not having a Judge or Contender to compare, I just was curious. 410 slugs work just fine! Thanks for the answeres.

Dave McC
March 5, 2011, 08:32 PM
Bore diameter for the 410 is .410".

For the 45 Long Colt, it's about .452-454".

Pressures on the old cowboy cartridge run considerably higher also.

Firing off 45LC stuff in any arm not designed for it is a darn bad idea....