Deer hunting with .410 ammo, is it advisable?

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Deer hunting with .410 ammo, is it advisable?

Let’s first talk about the shooting platform and the way I choose to attempt culling of deer with this caliber. I live in a state where you are allowed to hunt with straight walled cartages or shotguns under the 45th parallel, I’m allowed to use my ar-15 rifles. So given a chance to carry an AR platformed shotgun, that would allow me to attach any fixture or optic I want rather than a bulky shotgun that does not offer me as many options, well, I jumped at it.

The rifle itself was the ATI OMNI HYBRID AR-15 .410GA Shotgun. It comes with an 18.5-inch smooth bore barrel and a 13-inch keypad handguard. It takes 2 1/2 inch .410 shells and rifle comes with a 5 round magazine.

Recently I had a chance testing the grouping of .410 ammo to make the final decision whether I would be taking this into the field for deer hunting preserve. I started with ATI’s factory .410 ammo and added Remington’s Slugger then finishing with some Winchester SuperX.





I had considered setting this up on the machine rest, letting some hydraulic energy pull the trigger for me, but I felt that shooting from a stand or prone in the field would not allow me such luxury so I to the range for some shots. Setting up at 50 yards with a bipod from a stationary table and from a kneeling position I lined up my target through a Minox ZP8 1-8×24 more than enough glass for this little project.

Using the WLS Aaron Target (best target ever), I started with the Winchester SuperX; the results were surprising, I had expected much better results. The Winchester had the strongest of the felt recoil out of all the ammo tested. The final result of the Winchester SuperX was a  5 3/4 inch group.

The Remington ammo was not much different in grouping size of 5 7/8 inch group, but what I found most surprising from these rounds was the amount of smoke produced after the shot. I was not sure if I had pulled the trigger and entered a chapter of Stephen Kings “The Fog.” I was not sure if I was shooting a shotgun or a muzzleloader. After the fifth round, I was happy to move on to the final round and away from these rounds that might be confused with a group of hipsters hitting their Vapes.

The American Tactical Imports rounds found their mark just as many times as the first two however they landed a lot closer to a 4 1/2 inch group.

Hunting in Michigan can be fickle with a shot rarely going past 100 yards, the thought of a 50-yard shot using the ATI ammo would be something I would consider.





About The Author

aaron krieger

Aaron has worked in advertising and marketing for more than 15 years for such companies as Ford, The Sports Authority, the NHL and many others. He has also worked as a security consultant with national security firms and General Motors Police Vehicle Division and has written several books. Aaron lives in the Metro Detroit area with his wife and three children.

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