Here is another 410 Handgun Shot test
I've experimented with handgun shot loads for over 40 years.
I'm still working on a comprehensive test and discussion of Revolver & Pistol shot loads.
However, I recently completed a test of survival shot loads for the 10" Barrel TC Contender single shot handgun.
About 30 years ago, my wife bought me a Thompson Center Contender single shot handgun.
Knowing my interest in survival handguns, she chose the 44 Magnum/Hot Shot Cap barrel. It was a very interesting choice.
Not only would it shoot 44 Magnum ball loads, but when you screwed on the special choke, it would also shoot TC 44 Magnum Hot Shot Caps that held about the same amount of shot as a 2 1/2" 410 shot shell.
Unfortunately, the TC shot cap ammunition was about 10 times the cost of normal 410 cartridges.
Also, full power 44 Magnum loads in the old "saw handle" Contender were brutal!!
Thompson Center also offered (and still does) a 45 Colt/410 barrel for the Contender.
This combination never made much sense to me because the .410 wad would allow a lot of blow-by rattling down the .452" bore.
However, the 44 Magnum's .429" bore was much closer.
So, I elected to have my barrel rechambered to .410 3".
As such, it adds quite a value to my BOB arsenal.
I plan to do a much more in depth evaluation, when I take on the entire handgun shot report in the future.
But you may find my preliminary test useful.
First test was Winchester's 2.5" 000 Buck load (3 shot per cartridge)
This is the load used by 410 Derringers.
I was interested in seeing if the Buckshot would be accurate through the rifled 8" barrel (Choke removed).
Recoil was not as sharp as I expected.
However, accuracy at 10 yards was horrible.
I also attempted to chronograph the 000 Load.
Not only did the round not register on my chronograph, but the wad struck the chronograph frame!
(No further shot loads were chronographed)
Since only two of the three buckshot cut paper at 10 yards, further tests of the 000 Buck Shot round were terminated.(Continued Next Post)