I've been reading and watching many good reviews of the Henry 410 shotgun over the past few weeks. Most of them basically mirror the Henry Repeating Arms spec page and after taking a few shots, report how the gun feels and patterns. I've already posted some basic specs with a link to Henry's site where you can read this information first hand. The BRShooting Journal has always been 'hands on' reporting, so I'll be reporting on the shotgun from the field during squirrel and pheasant season. I want to know how far I can be from a squirrel and still knock it out of a tree. I'm curious to know if a .410 has enough punch to take down a flying pheasant and what shot is necessary for both. I'm even hoping to harvest a woodchuck with it over the summer.
I've been hunting squirrels with a .22 and pheasant with a 12, 16 and 20 gauge shotgun for the past 50 years. It's hard to teach a dog new tricks, but if I can find one gun that will drop a squirrel without destroying it, and is also capable of taking down a pheasant, I'll be sold. At least between the months of September thru November when pheasant are stocked and dense leaves are on the trees. Once December comes around, the pheasant are harvested and the trees are bare. Then most squirrel sightings are much further out, between 40 and 75 yards. For that I need an accurate Henry rimfire with a parallax corrected scope. If the game cooperate this year by showing up, this is going to be one heck of a fun hunting season. Keep checking back for my continuing reports from the field. And keep us all up on what you're up to this summer by posting in the comment boxes. I'm always looking forward to hearing from you. Until next time ~Bob