11 Best 410 Shotguns – April 2023

What is the best .410 shotgun you can buy in 2023? Get the best shotguns.

The .410 shotgun continues to defy the odds by being one of America’s best selling gun calibers.

Lightweight, compact and with almost no felt recoil, a modern .410 shotgun still offers 75% of the impact of a 12 gauge shotgun.

So yes, a .410 shotgun is viable for home defense, as well as wildlife management and hunting small game. Viable doesn’t mean optimal, but you might have your own reasons for choosing a 410 over a 12 gauge.

Lots of people that live in apartments prefer a 410 for the fact it won’t kill the neighbor. Kids can learn to shoot without ripping their shoulder out. There’s a lot to love about this diminutive caliber honestly.

A .410 shotgun is one of the best snake guns on this Earth, it was made for hunting waterfowl and it’s a damned fine clay pigeon hunter. I mean people even take deer and hogs with them at 50-100 yards.

Short 410 shotguns can also prove invaluable truck guns and you can even get the slightly gimmicky shotgun pistols.

So what is the best 410 shotgun for sale in 2023?

11 Best 410 Shotguns – April 2023

1, Mossberg 500 All Purpose Fied

  • Price: $510.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Pump Action Shotgun
  • Barrel length: 24 inch
  • Weight: 6.25lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

If you want a simple field shotgun for small game hunting, turkey hunting and pest control, the Mossberg 500 All Purpose Field pump shotgun is arguably the best gun chambered in 410 bore.

Performance features include steel lockup dual extractors. Quiet carry twin action bars also help with a smooth action, there’s an ambidextrous tang safety and many models come with the creep free and user adjustable Lightning Pump.

There’s some cool stuff on the Mossberg 500 410 bore pump action shotgun. You can tune the pump to offer the same resistance as the big brother Mossberg 12 gauge, or make your turkey gun super light. It’s also drilled and tapped for a scope or rail.

Five rounds is a luxury for a field shotgun and it is modular. So you can switch out the barrel for a longer version for fast moving birds, or a rifled barrel to go deer hunting with slugs. Inevitably the choke tubes are simple to switch out too on these pump shotguns.

Essentially, the Mossberg 500 All Purpose Hunting shotgun could more or less cover all your outdoor needs.

From blasting warning shots in the dark to picking ducks out the sky and a day at the shooting range, the Mossberg 500 has you covered.


Beretta Silver Pigeon 410 shotgun now. Get yours today.

2. Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon

  • Price: $2,349.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Over/Under
  • Barrel length: 28 inch
  • Weight: 6lb
  • Capacity: 2

With the Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon Over/Under shotgun, you too can feel like an English Lord of the Manor out to bag a pheasant.

Truthfully, though, this is a beautiful piece of engineering that will make your heart ache just to look at it. Traditional double barrel shotguns can do that and the Beretta Silver Pigeon looks and feels like a custom shotgun that should cost more.

It is built round the legendary 686 action, which is compact, strong and with a sleek profile that looks inherently right. A walnut stock, too. Of course…

Modern Performance Tech and Old World Craft

Performance features include a thumb operated tang safety and barrel elector. The barrels are cold hammer forged and there are two conical locking lugs at mid-action, between the barrels.

That helps in terms of strength of the locking action, durability and maintaining that low profile.

It also maintains the center of balance and that is essential for fast tracking clay pigeons, birds and energetic rabbits. And probably other shooting sports.

There’s nowhere the Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon looks out of place, too, and it’s ideal for shooting sports, even in the scaled down .410 rather than the 12 gauge pump shotgun.

This one comes with a polished walnut stock, traditional Schnabel forend and an scroll engraved low profile receiver. That engraving harks back to the European and British gunmaking schools and it’s one of the best features.

The Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon is an achingly beautiful over and under shotgun that you could pass down to your kids. Or have could have this high price shotgun buried with you in an elaborate tomb. That part is your choice, obviously.


ATI MIlsport shotgun on sale now. Get yours today.

3. American Tactical Imports Mil-Sport

  • Price: $509.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Semi Auto
  • Barrel: 18.5 inch
  • Weight: 7lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

The ATI Mil Sport looks and handles like an AR15 rifle, but just happens to spit 410 shells. That’s an interesting combo.

American Tactical Imports are one of the top brands in our cheap AR-15 rifles and pistols posts with polymer receivers. This ATI shotgun is all metal, and a simply brilliant mag fed shotgun.

Before this the Eagle down the bottom was the best AR style 410 bore shotgun. This is so much better.


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4. Mossberg 590 Shockwave

  • Price: $449.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Pump
  • Barrel: 14 inch
  • Weight: 4.2lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave is an icon, a movie gun and a home protection legend of a multi bore pump action shotgun.

Of course your mind might rush direct to the bigger 12ga Mossberg pump gun with a bird’s head grip. Mine does too. But the little 410 has a lot going for it if you give it a chance and might be the best 410 shotgun for a specific set of circumstances.

This back synthetic beauty weighs just 4.2lb, could hang off your shoulder or hip all day long and is just the right size for gliding round corners, rather than bumping into stairwells. Alternatively it could sit under your truck seat where the State laws allow.

It is super fun to shoot, and you’ll get a wider spread thanks to that shorter barrel. You can upgrade the bead sight too on your new guns.

The Mossberg 590 is a working man’s shotgun, but in this form it’s definitely got defensive duties as a priority. If you live in snake country, then it makes perfect sense. If you live in bear country, get the 12 gauge pump gun.


This Browning pump action shotgun chambered in 410 is ideal for general purpose yard work, pest control and skeet shooting.

5. Browning BPS

  • Price: $673.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Pump Action shotgun
  • Barrel: 24 inch
  • Weight: 7lb
  • Capacity: 4+1

The Browning BPS is a classic pump gun with a long 24 inch barrel that is just short enough to shoulder all day and just long enough to go hunting, waterfowl hunting, game hunting, turkey hunting, skeet shooting, what you like really.

It’s just one of those pump shotguns that won’t look wrong if you’re hunting turkey, waterfowl hunting or just sporting clays.

Double action bars help prevent twisting and binding. A serrated slide release sits at the rear of the trigger guard for no look operation and you get textured grips so your hands just find the right place. A floating rib is also a nice performance feature, as well as the tubular magazine and screw in chokes.

So if you want to take your turkey guns skeet shooting, something like this is an ideal addition to your gun safe.


Henry Axe 410 shotgun. A lever action concealed carry shotgun, kind of.

6. Henry Axe 410

  • Price: $1,018.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Lever Action shotgun
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Weight: 5.75lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

You know you want the Henry Axe lever action shotgun. You might not know why, but you just know you need this Henry Repeating Arms special.

This might be one of those pointless frivolities in the modern world. It’s a fun to shoot toy, like the lever action 44 Magnum Henry Mare’s Leg to be honest.

But we have a soft spot for these new guns that could sit on our thigh in a scabbard in the post apocalyptic zombie wasteland.

Close range, these lever action shotguns would be a great zombie gun, too, and when you’ve gone through the five rounds of lead shot in the magazine you can load more through the side gate. That’s a classic Henry Repeating Arms performance feature.

It’s more for conflict resolution than deer hunting. I mean you’d look ridiculous and there are long barrel lengths with proper stocks for that..

Solid Performance

It’s a butter smooth lever action without a real stock and that distinctive axe handle mini stock gives the gun its name and is a different vibe to the Mossberg’s birdshead Raptor grip.

Now is this Henry Repeating Arms the best concealed carry shotgun? It could be, but you might walk with a limp if it is in your pants. You could easily carry in a backpack or even slung across your back though.

Again we’re getting in to apocalyptic wasteland vibes again. Henry Repeating Arms specials like this tend to do that.

This Henry Lever Action is intuitive, light, moves easily round your home.


Savage Arms Single Shot shotgun. A great hunter and a cheap option.

7. Savage Arms Stevens 301 Single Shot Turkey Gun

  • Price: $214.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Break Action shotgun
  • Barrel: 26 inch
  • Weight: 5.07lb
  • Capacity: 1

Sometimes you just want a cheap turkey gun with a synthetic stock and a Savage Arms Stevens 301 single shot break action is absolutely what you need in your life.

Because most of us don’t hunt turkeys that often, so a Savage Arms single shot break action shotgun with a screw in extra fixed full choke is all we need.

Now it is optimized for Federal Premium Heavyweight TSS Turkey Loads, and that Tungsten Super Shot is cripplingly expensive. Seriously, $8 a round…

Luckily you’re not limited to that gold dust in a shotgun shell. This break action shotgun is perfectly capable of shooting any 410 cartridge or slug, not just Tungsten Super Shot.

This simple single shot break action firearm is kind of brilliant in the field with a full choke tubes. You can even stash it in 3 parts in a backpack and click it together in seconds.

On a single shot shotgun, there’s almost nothing to go wrong or clog up with mud, which can be very handy in the great outdoors where bird hunting/turkey hunting tends to take place.

It’s pretty wet and muddy in turkey guns world, almost by design. With a break open action, you can pretty much clean it with a hose.

Easy to Clean, Easy to Operate

Here the simple brilliance of a single shot shotgun is clear. It’s almost impossible for this thing to fail.

If you’re hunting, turkey hunting or anything else around 40 yards plus, this is all the shotgun you need and the recoil pad ensures it’s a soft shooter.

Get this, some Tweed survival gear, borrow some unruly hunting dogs and get out there…

If you’re going big predator hunting, follow up shots and a bigger caliber could be a better plan, just in case you miss. Savage Arms has other options for you there too.


11 Best 410 Shotguns – April 2023

8. Pedersoli Howdah Deluxe

  • Price: $2,040.99
  • Caliber: .410ga/45 Long Colt
  • Action: Break Open
  • Barrel: 10.25 inch
  • Weight: 6.6lb
  • Capacity: 2

Davide Pedersoli creates these fantastic breech loading old world double barrel shotgun pistols, for want of a better description.

The Ithaca Company first made this firearm in the 1920s and called it the Auto & Burglar. This was a combined truck gun and defensive special for the home.

Again it is chambered for 45 Long Colt, and just happens to chamber 410 shot shells too. So it’s a break open firearm, not a short shotgun, in the eyes of the law.

For us it’s a fantastically retro shotgun that would be epic to have as a snake gun, or just for messing round with in the back yard. A fun gun then and we kind of love the break open action in a really childish way.

Guns can be just fun, and the Pedersoli definitely fits into that category.


Henry Single Shot Shotguns on sale today.

9. Henry Single Shot Shotgun

  • Price: $508.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Barrel: 26 inch
  • Weight: 1.7lb
  • Capacity: 1

The Henry Single Shot shotgun is a simple, easy firearm that even kids can get to grips with in this caliber.

The lack of follow up shots is a built in safety feature with firearms training, too. One shot, then you have at least a few seconds to think about what comes next.

That can be invaluable when you’re out bird hunting.

Performance features include brass bead front sights and American walnut for the stock. There’s a recoil pad to reduce felt recoil and it is tapped for a scope.


Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer. A great idea that has divided the firearms world with its execution. But we still love this little 410 shotgun revolver...

10. Taurus Judge

  • Price: $524.99
  • Caliber: .410ga/45 Long Colt
  • Action: Revolver
  • Barrel: 2.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.7lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

We love the idea of the Taurus Judge. On paper it’s just the best concealed carry shotgun pistol. And the fact we can’t say it’s the best gun here makes us sad, but it is pretty limited.

A simple matte black polymer framed revolver firing 410 shotgun shells or 45 Long Colt bullets for close range personal defense?

Shut up and take my money…

The Taurus Judge is based on the old school revolvers Judge’s supposedly packed in their robes to deal with vengeful defendants and pretty much anybody could keep in a boot or belt as a concealed carry.

Chambered in 45 Long Colt it’s a good idea, but .410 shot shells are basically a revelation. This is a quantum leap, especially in a lightweight polymer frame handgun. Or it could be.

Very few shot shells are optimized for a 2.5 inch barrel, is the thing. So you’ll have mixed results and that has led a lot of people to write it off entirely, while others swear it gives acceptable results.

Taurus Judge Works at Close Quarters

In our experience the small bore 410 shells and slugs really work at real tight defensive distances. 5-10 yards is really where you want to be. Which is where most bad stuff happens, as it turns out.

So yes, this concealed carry shotgun works. It just these firearms, shotguns, call them what you will, are limited.

This matte black plastic piece of dark magic simply doesn’t qualify as a short barrel shotgun anywhere except California, where it is totally illegal. Everywhere else it’s just a five round handgun that happens to fire shot shells.

Even if it doesn’t do it amazingly well, it’s still a cool thing.


Smith & Wesson Governor, a revolver or a short barrel 410 shotgun.

11. Smith & Wesson Governor

  • Price: $948.99
  • Caliber: .410ga/45 Long Colt
  • Action: Revolver
  • Barrel: 2.8 inch
  • Weight: 1.8lb
  • Capacity: 5

The Smith & Wesson is a much more expensive and some say better shotgun revolver.

Break open that cylinder and you can run 45 Long Colt and 45 ACP in the Smith and Wesson Governor. That makes it a truly versatile handgun for personal protection that might be worth the high price, high spec premium.

These are truly unique firearms/shotguns. If only for curiosity’s sake, you should try one.


TR Imports Silver Eagle XT3 is a quality 410 bore shotgun with a lot to like about the AR-style layout

12. TR Imports Silver Eagle XT3 Tactical

  • Price: $518.99
  • Caliber: .410ga
  • Action: Semi-Automatic Mag Fed
  • Barrel: 28 inch
  • Weight: 11lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

The semi auto TR Imports Silver Eagle XT3 Tactical was launched in 2016 and remains one of the most popular AR-15 layout shotguns.

You get a precision milled action bar that is weldless by design, ratcheting barrel lock ring and a pretty decent dual ring gas piston.

The detachable box magazine is a craze in the 12 gauge world, but we haven’t seen nearly as many mag-fed small bore 410 shotguns for sale. So this semi auto shotgun is special.

Frankly that’s a shame, as the AR and AK type shotguns could clean up here in sport shooting, hunting small game and just for round the farm. A pistol grip, mildly adjustable AR stock? Maybe even red dot sights up top? It works.

We Need More Like This

A zero recoil 410 semi auto shooting five balls of .000 buckshot in tight groups at 30 yards is all kinds of fun, and we should have more like the TR Imports Silver Eagle XT3 Tactical.

The light shells cycle super fast, too, maybe faster than the big brother 12 gauge shotguns.

They should also be lighter. 11lb is a lot, there are semi auto 12 gauges way lighter than that with all the same tactical gear. So this is a heavy hunting shotgun to take out on a hike. It’s more for having fun and maaaaaybe as a home defense weapon.

You can buy a Silver Eagle XT3 Field shotgun, too, which has the longer 28 inch barrel and walnut stock. That’s the one you want for small game hunting, waterfowl hunting, all that jazz.


Where to Buy 410 Shotgun ammo

If you’re hunting for shotgun ammo, rimfire ammo, high density shot, lead shot, 9mm ammo, rifle ammo, handgun ammo, bulk ammo or more, you’re probably going to end up in the same places.

Here are our favorites for bulk deals when you buy ammo online at our best ammo shop.

Both suppliers are great places for rifle ammo, handgun ammo, 12 gauge ammo, 9mm ammo, bulk ammo cans and more.

Gun Parts & Accessories

Now you have guns, best ammo, rimfire ammo for some reason and more and you need the gun parts & accessories too. For your guns, best add ons can include red dot sights, a side saddle, rail, just lots of stuff really.

For shotguns, best optics are really reflex sights for defensive shotguns and fiber optic sights for hunting. Or really expensive thermal scopes/optics. Then you can invest in gun safes to keep it all, well, safe…

Then you get into range gear, hunting gear, survival gear, outdoor clothes and all that. Like saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, ice fishing, fly fishing gear.

We’ve never done saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, ice fishing, Fly fishing gear and we want to, but who has the time with all this shooting gear to cover? The other side of hunting, fishing, we’re getting there. Bear with us and tell us what hunting & fishing stuff you want to see.

Outdoor gear, hunting gear on its own is a massive topic. You want boots, camping, fishing gear, hunting tools, knives? Technical clothing like waders and coats? Hunting backpacks, that type of fishing gear? Let us know. Gun cleaning kits are complicated too.

Then there are boots, camping fishing gear, hunting gear subsections. It gets big, fast…

Where to Buy Gun Cases

Gun cases are important these days and there’s a bewildering choice of gun cases for your firearms, shotguns etc. We recommend you look at a few stores before you buy gun cases and here are our favorites.

Honorable Mentions

We did have a Rock Island Armory SR-104 here, but we can’t find a new one for sale online right now. We’ve got Rock Island Armory shotguns in our bullpup shotguns feature and semi auto shotguns, but they’re 12 gauges. So for now, no Rock Island Armory 410 bore pump action or semi auto shotgun.

The Mossberg Silver Reserve will appear soon, too, we just need time. But yes, the Mossberg Silver Reserve is a great over/under shotgun.

For kids, the Mossberg 500 Youth Mini Super Bantam is a great option. But we didn’t have space for the Mossberg 500 Bantam 410 Gauge or the Mossberg 510 Youth 410 gauge here. We do lie that Mossberg 500 turkey gun for kids, though, so it might make the list of 4510 bore shotguns soon.

What About Black Powder Rifles?

If the price point is the most attractive part of 410 bore single shot shotguns, then consider a black powder rifle instead. I mean you’re almost there…

Black powder guns have come a long way and they’re much easier to use these days. So if you’re looking at cheap firearms, black powder guns really aren’t that bad these days.

Going Hunting? Big Game Hunting? Get a 12 Gauge Shotgun

The best 410 shotgun might cut it for hunting big game hunting, hunting predators etc, but you’re getting right into that debate about humane hunting. We can argue what works and we can argue what’s right and we think you the animal a clean kill.

So more powerful rifles/shotguns for sale are often the answer.

For bigger game think the minimum you need is a 12 gauge shotgun and some proper hunting slugs. Bolt action rifles, shotguns, there are pros & cons with both when you’re hunting, hunting rifles in 308 Win Mag here might be the best choice together with the best 308 ammo.

We also have a bigger selection of handguns, rifles, shotguns, best handguns, gun cleaning kits etc here.


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