Best .410 Shotgun: 2019 Buying Guide & Reviews

This is an article about the best 410 shotgun on the market. It needs very little introduction and very little overview, because the .410 has been bred into the best niche, yet mainstream caliber in the shotgun market.

It is both a perfect shotgun for new shooters and youth, but also a perfect shotgun for many field needs, particularly pheasant, quail and other small upland birds, though it can easily be used for big game in the right settings and for waterfowl. Some enterprising hunters will even use the .410 shotgun for turkey hunting.

With the amount of loads available and the strategic manufacturing landscape, the .410 is getting more popular and allowing shooters not only to hone and test their skills, but to enjoy shooting more. The .410 has become a luxury good that is still surprisingly affordable. From a gun perspective, it is a guilty pleasure because it offers something you can get elsewhere, but it still has such a satisfying deliverable that you cannot find elsewhere.

Below you will find the best .410 shotguns on the domestic market with a mainstream offering.

Best .410 Shotguns

Browning - BPS Micro Midas

BROWNING - BPS MICRO MIDAS

A shotgun that fits the target market that represents a solid cornerstone in the .410 shotgun market. Youth. This is a beautiful gun for the price point, and it caters to smaller framed shooters that may find a perfect match in the .410, a mildly recoiling shotshell that can easily promote better learning and more comfortable training.

The Micro Midas BPS is a very reliable platform built on a legendary model range that allows shooters who need a shorter length of pull and a more compact total shotgun the opportunity to keep up with bigger stronger competitors.

The finishes are easily better than the price point of the gun, and Browning has been able to find a very nice spot in the market where they can offer discounts to premium variants because the caliber price point needs to be adjusted down to stay competitive. They do it here and in the .22LR market, where they offer superior quality guns for market median prices.

In all, the BPS Micro Midas with a substantial 24 inch barrel offers significant accuracy and reliability at a fantastic price point for range purposes (hunting is a good fit as well), and still in a relatively compact form factor (under 44 inches). It also offers a 5 shot capacity, giving options to many shooters who prefer or need a shorter LOP.

Pros

  • Still compact despite a 24 inch barrel
  • Well suited to smaller shooters

Cons

  • Too pretty for a hard use gun

This is best for

This is best .410 shotgun for female and youth shooters who want top of the line performance in a reasonably priced pump shotgun. Shooters who want an elegant pump action variant.


Mossberg - 500 Home Security

The shotgun you don’t mind using hard, this is also the shotgun you go-to for home defense if you have determined that .410 is your defensive caliber of choice.

The Mossberg line of shotguns tries to be super innovative and they have pulled off some definite winning combinations in the past. Notably, this is one of the good ones. It is a no-nonsense option for home defense built on a very reliable, very durable platform that gives relatively high capacity, good ergonomics and good feeding with a small price tag.

An 18 and ½ inch barrel is long enough to get all the potency out of a short range .410 projectile/shotshell and small enough to make the operator comfortable using it indoors. The pistol grip fore end helps to make racking the pump action easier for hard to cycle rounds or for sure engagement in the heat of the moment.

Pros

  • Very simple construction and built for durability
  • Compact and reliable

Cons

  • Workmanship and fit/finish leaves something to be desired even at the price point

This is best for

Hard users of their guns, or those who want to have something that can be counted on with any load type. Budget conscious shooters who want to try out the .410 gauge.


Henry Repeating Arms - Lever Action .410 Shotgun (H018-410R)

Henry Repeating Arms - Lever Action .410 Shotgun (H018-410R)

One of the most iconic shotguns on this list, not because of its long history, but because of the novelty of it. The lever action platform so adeptly handles the .45-70 Government caliber, and then, why not the .410 shotshell? This is a perfect match for the robust pump action, which allows fast follow up shots, good reliability and great accuracy.

A 20 inch cylinder bore barrel gives great accuracy for everything from home defense to range skeet shooting to hunting of small birds, and offers a still compact size for smaller shooters at only 40 and ½ inches overall length.

Fast to swing and proven reliable, this is a great addition to any collection where the .410 will be a fun gun or relied upon for accuracy and foolproof use. The more traditional (blade type) sights seem to make this a bit more suitable for large game close range hunting up to say, medium range deer sized animals.

Six rounds of potent .410 shotgun loads offer a ton of flexibility from buckshot to slugs to bird shot for a wide range of uses, and with the improving costs on .410 ammunition, this is easily a bargain setup for long-term proponents of the caliber platform.

Pros

  • Can be used for a wide range of activities/chores
  • Proven design with great accuracy thanks to the bore axis and sight configuration
  • Great overall size

Cons

  • Not a super traditional shotgun design, though the learning curve isn’t too hard

This is best for

This is best .410 shotgun for multi-user families that need some flexibility in use cases and fitment, where the design and ergonomics of the lever gun can make a lot of sense. Lever action enthusiasts.


ATI (AMERICAN TACTICAL IMPORTS) - Omni Hybrid AR

ATI (AMERICAN TACTICAL IMPORTS) - Omni Hybrid AR

The most obvious cross-over choice on this list, the ATI is certainly a value packed option for those who want to get into the .410 market for a reasonable price with a familiar style.

Super compact at under 37 inches, this is another go-to option for smaller shooters and those who are into the .410 gauge for home defense. The quick action and decent magazine capacity, as well as the short overall length makes this a no-brainer for the homestead for interior defensive scenarios.

Modeled like an AR-15 loosely, this is an aggressive looking .410 option but offers a bit of crossover appeal to those who are firmly invested in the AR eco-system.

Pros

  • Good option for home defense
  • Simple concept for most AR users
  • Good price point and some additional customization flexibility

Cons

  • Total reliability and durability are not yet proven as the platform is still too new

This is best for

Shooters who aren’t sure they want to be in the .410 shotgun game but like the idea of having a gun like this around. Shooters who already own an AR and like it.


Browning - Citori 725 Spring Small Gauge

Browning - Citori 725 Spring Small Gauge

The Gold Standard of the hunting and sport shotgunning world, the Browning Citori is known as one of the premium offerings in the American market for a mainstream factory offering. It lives up to the hype on all accounts.

The comfort, reliability, accuracy and fit/finish are all top of the line and leave nothing to be desired. This is a shotgun that will shoot better than just about anyone who shoots it. It’s hard to improve on something that started out so good in the first place. When you pick it up you instantly know you are using a superior piece of craftsmanship compared to most anything you have shot before.

This particular gun is suited for all small game shooting with the massive 30 inch barrel, and the overall length of 48 inches. To some it may even be a bit big. It is not the best choice for youth or smaller shooters because of the length and the barrels. However, at 5 lbs. exactly, it is a superior gun in the field for full sized shooters who don’t want the fatigue brought on by 8 lb. field guns.

The load gains velocity, has improved pellet density and can help get you out further on a secondary shot for hard to hit birds because of the extra length in the barrels. Nice fit and finish top off the value proposition, that while pricey in total cost, easily matches up with the utility and precision it offers.

Pros

  • Extra length for superior results in the field and on the range
  • Super durable, though, with a gun this pretty you won’t want to bang it around

Cons

  • Pretty expensive for the casual shooter, not for the hobbyist

This is best for

This is best .410 shotgun for competition shooters who work with the .410. Dedicated upland bird hunters who want to show their dedication to the craft through superior tooling.


Beretta - 686 Silver Pigeon I

Beretta - 686 Silver Pigeon I

Those who prefer the high end in the mainstream range and want the full range of extras they can get from factory, would prefer the 686 Silver pigeon, with the dual upper assemblies, which allow shooting of the .410 and the 28 gauge shells.

This is the equivalent of two guns, and despite being ostensibly very similar, the behavior and feel of the two cartridges are very different. The ability to shoot with absolute precision, the two cartridges will go a long way to improving overall value to the dedicated hunter or range shooter of these smaller gauge shotgun shells.

Not only are you getting the same world class finishes for a from-factory shotgun that Beretta offers, but you are getting two very unique options for a precision shotgun shooter.

28 inch barrel lengths offer enough speed and accuracy for most hunting trips and more than enough for the range. The reliability and safety of the Silver Pigeon platform is well-noted and borderline legendary.

Pros

  • Two different platforms on the same backend
  • Precision fitments and build quality that is virtually unmatched in mainstream offerings
  • A good price considering all things

Cons

  • Expensive

This is best for

Hunters who want the two separate experiences of the .410 and the 28 gauge.


Rossi - Single Shot

Rossi - Single Shot

A perfect survival gun or accessory option for those who find themselves in the wilderness or near large pieces of land and want a bit more than a .22LR. This is not a legitimate option for anyone but a dabbler, or those who really like the .410 and want a secondary option. It is however significantly impressive for what it can do with such a small price tag and without extraneous features.

A break top single shot, this is a great choice for the occasional hunter who has property near a hunting ground but doesn’t want to make a spectacle out of a casual hunt. Equally interesting as a fun gun to toy around with or transition young shooter to shotguns, this is a great piece at the price point.

You can stash some extra rounds discretely in the buttstock and the build quality is surprisingly good for a gun that can be had for less than $125 USD. The no-nonsense build is proven over time and the concept is simple. Under 4 pounds, there is no reason you cannot have a full-powered option near you at all times.

Pros

  • Surprisingly reliable and robust in build
  • Almost comically inexpensive
  • Can handle any load type easily

Cons

  • Limited capacity

This is best for

This is best .410 shotgun for casual shooters or youth. Shooters who want a secondary gun in their truck for impromptu hunts or defensive options where the law might allow for that.


Remington Model 870 Express Shotgun

Remington Model 870 Express Shotgun

A clear winner from a longevity perspective, the Remington 870 has been around forever and will be around for probably a lot longer. Durable, accurate and more reliable than just about any gun on the market, the pump action legend from Remington is something special in .410 as it is soft shooting, fun, and approachable.  

A perfect choice for the beginner, the simplicity and the robust build quality of the 870 is noteworthy, even if it is a bit bulkier or heavier than some other options on this list. The historical performance of the shotgun makes it worth a look, if even for no other reason.

Anyone can understand the way it works; the safety is more than adequate and the ability to take any load with ease, even mismatched mag-tubes full, makes this a top choice on any shotgun list.

This model features a 25 inch vent rib barrel with good furniture (though you would have to favor camo) in a youth LOP, which can also be used by adults easily.  It is a bit more expensive than other variants, but we felt the added value of the different component parts made sense for the price point.

Pros

  • Youth compatible
  • Will shoot anything
  • Versatile for use in any scenario

Cons

  • Not the cheapest variant, and much higher priced than some other competitors

This is best for

Youth shooters who are serious about hunting and are partial to the .410.


Dickinson Plantation Side-by-Side Shotgun

Dickinson Plantation Side-by-Side Shotgun

As a standalone piece this may not have made our “best of” list for the .410 gauge, but there are a couple of defining characteristics that make it special for us. It is a Cabela’s exclusive, and just because it’s an exclusive offering of a given retailer, doesn’t mean it isn’t well made. In fact, it’s so well made that we couldn’t see a list without it, once we shot it.

It’s the purist’s SxS variant with all of the necessities and nothing that isn’t needed. The stock and frame fitment are sublime; the stock itself is gorgeous and the gorgeous rust blued barrels stoke the nostalgia in us. Color case hardening lends to credibility and the checkering and engraving are well worth the price of admission alone. It is very well-balanced and swings unlike any other shotgun on this list, and that isn’t a bad thing.

A true European field gun style gives it a classic approach that lends well to the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, both places where a .410 shotgun fits well. For those who like the Side by Side more than the O/U builds, this is a very good choice.

Pros

  • Superior finish, yet understated
  • Smooth and comfortable to shoot

Cons

  • You get two shots, make them count

This is best for

This is best .410 shotgun for purists that want that ultra-Euro hunting experience.


Mossberg 510 Mini Super Bantam All Purpose Shotguns

Mossberg 510 Mini Super Bantam All Purpose Pump-Action Shotguns

A very nice gun for any shooter who wants a utility workhorse. This is also a shotgun that can grow with you and keep you comfortable as you grow into it. For youth, or for multiple shooters in a single family, this is a gun that probably makes sense on the lower end of the pricing spectrum because it offers so much adjustability for such a low price point and without any of the drama of a more expensive option. You don’t have to baby this shotgun and it will serve you well for many years.

A 2.5” chamber gives you the capability of shooting all the best loads the .410 can offer and the compact sizing and ease of dialing-in the fitment makes this a perfect choice for competitive youth shooters who are just starting out.

Like many Mossberg’s, the fit and finish isn’t perfect, but you can also count on it to work every time and with a variety of loads that many guns simply cannot handle. 18.5 inch barrel is perfect for youth shooters with an overall length of just under 35 inches.

Pros

  • Grows with a youth shooter until adulthood
  • Very good price point
  • Can be used for just about any task

Cons

  • The Mossberg finish work leaves a bit to be desired

This is best for

Youth competitive shooters who are just starting out and need a dedicated rig to themselves.


Remington 1100 Sporting Shotgun

Remington 1100 Sporting Shotgun

A classic field gun, the 1100 Sporting shotgun is the modern variant that is built on the legacy platform that has been proven everywhere for semi-auto shotguns. It is perfect for birds, waterfowl and the range and can easily be adjusted for use with precision slugs with barrel options and gas adjustment to suit.

Remington’s 1100 is not the cheapest semi-auto shotgun on the planet, but it may be the most reliable over time with a very consistent track record for performance.

This is the no-frill’s option with a plain blued steel frame and barrel makeup and the medium gloss walnut stock. This is also a very reasonable price point considering what you actually get in performance. For under $1000 USD you get fast follow-up shots; great reliability; proven historical performance and a great looking, easy to use shotgun that will serve you well in any capacity.

A bit heavy and too large for most small framed shooters, it is not impossible for smaller shooters to use it, but it is best suited to full-sized users. It’d be a long day in the field for anyone without a desire to carry the bulk and heft of the 1100 all day.

Pros

  • Probably the best duck gun on the list thanks to the gas system and fast follow-up shots and essentially well-protected internal parts
  • Very reliable and durable

Cons

  • Bulky and weighs in at a lot more than most guns on this list

This is best for

The .410 duck hunter that must have a semi-auto.

Conclusion

Nearly perfect for beginner shooters, youth and for certain types of hunting, the .410 shotgun is going nowhere. In fact, increasingly it has become a specialty product that true enthusiasts are going after with zeal. What is equally important, is that it is still a mainstream product and is approachable, affordable by the average shooter, and can be used for so many things including home defense, hunting, range use and even for acclimatizing young shooters to the sport.

In this list of best .410 shotguns, we believe you can find your next favorite niche gun, that is built upon a mainstream platform.

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