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Snake Ammo for 410 Shockwave

Discussion in 'Mossberg 590 Shockwave' started by QB Too, Nov 30, 2019 at 9:11 PM.

  1. QB Too

    QB Too .22LR

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    I'm a Mossberg owner again after many years. Just purchased a 410 Shockwave for the sole purpose of shooting poisonous snakes (if necessary) while on my sister's property. I chose the 410 due to my joint issues from arthritis, osteo, degenerative disc disease (you name it). I can certainly shoot a 12 or 20 gauge but it plays havoc on my poor old joints. And I think a 410 will certainly blast a snake. I should have my Shockwave in a couple of weeks.

    I've read up on ammo for snakes and recommendations range from #9 (or #12 if it could be found) all the way to #4 and #6. The type of poisonous snakes they have are rattlesnakes, copperheads, coral snakes and cottonmouth.

    If anyone with a Shockwave 410 uses it for killing snakes, what is the best ammo to purchase? A variety of #9, #4 and #6 or all #8 or what? I'm afraid I'm a bit confused. I would be shooting the snake certainly within 5-7 yards in all probability.

    Any brands of 410 ga to stay away from?

    Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
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  2. dogfoot

    dogfoot .410

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    Hey QB,
    Check out the picture I posted under the Ammunition section : “Shot Size Picture” That should give you a starting place.

    Dog
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  3. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Just about any size smaller than a 6 shot will do just fine.

    I would prefer 8 1/2 or even 9 shot. (more small pellets).
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  4. QB Too

    QB Too .22LR

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    Thank, I'll pick up several sizes (7 through 9) and see what I like.
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  5. QB Too

    QB Too .22LR

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    Thanks for the ammo chart picture, helped me a lot.
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  6. pepi

    pepi .410

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    Strange ... All the years of hiking in the West, East and South I've never had a connection with any snakes
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  7. QB Too

    QB Too .22LR

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    Yep, there is something about the subdivision where they live (Rockdale, TX)...everyone kills venomous snakes in their yard every year. It's a subdivision out in the country with pastureland surrounding it. I think the snakes come to the house for water and possible pet food. I haven't been to my sister's house for over a year, it's just too creepy that the snakes come right up to the house/porches. Their dogs get bitten but the "humans' haven't yet although it's only a matter of time I think. I'm actually not sure there have been any water mocs, but for sure copperheads, rattlesnakes and coral snakes.
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  8. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    I wonder if 45 Long Colt shot cartridges would work in the SW? LINK
  9. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett .30-06 Supporter

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    For crawling snakes I would go with Federal`s #6 or #7 in 3 inch.....For two legged snakes I would step up to 000 buck.
  10. QB Too

    QB Too .22LR

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    I ordered some #7 1/2, #8 and #9 but all in the 2 1/2 shells. I'll add some 3" shells in #6 and #7. I don't plan on using this for any two legged snakes but if that changes I'll pick up some 000 buck.

    Thanks all.............
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