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    The elusive 410 shotguns

    I've been looking for 2 different model 410 shotguns. One is the depression days Marlin 410 lever and the other is a Remington 1100 410. Found a 1977 Remington 1100LW 3 inch vent rib through a friend at a pawn shop in his area down south Alabama way this morning and have it on layaway till I get that way. Sorry no pics at this time but we all know what they look like.
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    I've always wanted one of the Marlin 410s.

    I've seen two, one was on a firearms auction several years ago and the other was one that someone brought into a small local show. Unfortunately, I didn't have the funds at the time to acquire either.
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    I had a Marlin 410 pump in my hands at a estate sale! Owner said his brother claimed it! Shucks!

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    Along those same lines I had, for quite a few years, a bit of a hankering for an old model .410 Rem 870 Wingmaster pump. Then about 2009 a good friend (ffl with small shop) had me leave the shop with him and follow him into his house to a back room. He dug around a bit and pulled out a box and drug out it's contents .... a Walnut cased "presentation model" of that .410 Rem 870 Wingmaster. Then he recognized the looks of shock, anxiety, lust, etc., and instantly informed me the current value could be as much as $2000-2500, but he wouldn't take less than $3k. He said it had never been shot, and wouldn't be shot as long as he owned it.

    Maybe not that particular one, but I still want a .410 Rem 870 Wingmaster as a shooter. Then again, I also want shotgun shells to be priced by the same method they were some 50 years ago - by the cost of the materials themselves rather than the idiotic (manufacturer stimulated) "supply and demand" method. Seems I remember the basic prices of s/g shells were along the lines of 12ga-X; 16ga-3/4X; 20ga-2/3X; .410-1/2X. Made sense then, even to an ignorant, redneck kid.


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    I bought my wife a .410 VR Mossberg 500 years ago. We still have it but it rarely gets used now days. Nice little shotgun.
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    I bought a Remington 870 Express in 28 ga. about 25 years ago. Thought about a 410 but always liked the 28 a little better.
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    When I was in business I can't tell you how many 12g Rem 1100s & 870s I sold. In 410 I can tell you exactly, one 1100. In 28g one 1100 and two Wing Masters. I did sell several 410 & 28s in express model. I sold a 20g for every ten 12g guns.

    The old Marlin 410 Lever was always on my list but never came across one at near price I would pay. Around here a old model 410g in
    any of the old brands will be $150 to open. Any more the only 410 I might get if price was right is a 42 Winchester in 3". The last 410 repeater I had was an AK Saiga.
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    A tale of the little gauge that can . . . be alot of fun!

    When my first wife and I were stationed at Clark, AFB in the P.I. many years ago, I became acquainted with a Remington 1100 in .410. since the only functioning club gun at the Base Rod & Gun club was available, it became my skeet gun of choice. The rest of the 12 ga. Club guns were a motly collection of wornout Rems. A year later, and 5,000 or so rounds of Winchester Western AA shells burned up - I got pretty good with that small gun. I even managed to ship all of those once-fired .410 AA hulls back to the States with me. From that day on, my dream gun would be a Rem. 1100 in .410.

    Fast-forward 35 years, I finally spied one on the gun rack at my LGS and the wife said go for it (you know the drill, married guys - "please, please honey-mou. . .").

    It's a 75th Anniversary one with the nice wood and that deep blue sheen. No, not the top-shelf, embellished models, but fancy enough to me.

    Stamped "Sporting" on the side of the receiver, and it comes with five screw-in chokes. That I'm a southpaw and it's a right-handed gun is not important - it's mine!

    I imagined how I would shoot 25-straights all day long with that little .410 Remy - and lots of water passes under the bridge of time don't you know, and time isn't kind to old shotgunners.

    Just prior to acquiring my dream gun, I bought a couple of the new Savage/Stevens 550/555 O/U shotguns - one in 28 ga. and one in .410. These were intended for doves and they worked out well.

    2015 and I suffer another stroke that affected my left eye - my dominant eye, then a series of seizures. This isn't good. That Remington 1100 .410 is still NIB.

    It took until 2019 for me to get up enough nerve to get out on a skeet field, and to see if I would ever be able to shoot shotguns again.

    That little Remy is still NIB as of 2019.

    Finally did it last weekend; I went out to Wright-Patterson AFB Gun Club and there I was - like I never shot a shotgun before!

    I was clueless. Where'd it go? I couldn't hit the broad side of the high-house if I were standing right in against it.

    It was wonderful to be able to try again. Sure, the effects of a stroke and the aftermath are hard to overcome. I'm a lucky one - I can still shoot; albeit, I will have to pretty much start from scratch, but it's gonna be fun trying.

    Oh, and I used the two Savage/Stevens shotguns - the Remy is still NIB.

    I'm saving that Remington 1100 in .410 for the day when I can bust 25-straight with the O/U Savages.

    I know I can.

    Love those .410s.

    The epilogue:

    We returned from the P.I. in 1980 and I did bring back those 5,000+ once-fired .410 hulls.

    In 1987, I sold the lot of them for $20 to a fellow skeet shooter since I thought my dream of owning that little Remington .410 was just a dream.

    Imagine that!

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    One of those old Marlin 410's would be wonderful to own. Only 410 lever now is the Henry. A couple of years ago I got bit by the 410 bug. I bought a Yildiz 410 under & over and as friend loaned me his 410 Citori bored S&S. I have my own personal skeet field on my property so I shoot a lot. I couldn't/wouldn't afford the price of 410 factory shells. So I started reloading them with my homemade shot, Shell cost is < $3.00 a box. Opening day I killed the limit of doves with 7 1/2 shot in my Yildiz..........Epilog. Have added a REM 870 410 to the mix.
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    I've been looking a long time to find one that was in the same era as my 1980 Remington 1100 12 ga vent rib and my 1979 Remington 1100 20 ga vent rib. This 410 is a 1977 which is close enough for me.
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