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Single-Shot .410 Shotguns — Perfect for Skeet Shooting

Shooting skeet with a single-shot .410 shotgun will make you a better shooter.

Single-Shot .410 Shotguns — Perfect for Skeet Shooting
While plenty of used .410 single-shot shotguns ride the racks in gunshops, available brand-new guns include the Stevens 301 (top) and the Rossi Tuffy (bottom). Both are offered in several interesting configurations.

My first dove gun was a Full choke .410. At age 11, I hated it, and my father, in his infinite mercy, got me a 20 gauge. Now, more than a half-century later, I still think that giving a youngster a .410 as his or her first shotgun borders on child abuse. Forget the so-called “light recoil” attributes of a .410. If you want your kids to have a fighting chance at smoking aerial targets, they’re far better off with a cut-down, junior-size 20 gauge. And if recoil’s an issue, preferably a gas-operated auto with an IC choke tube installed.

But this article isn’t about kids. It’s about me and why—in my dotage—I now love .410s. And I’m...

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