September 2012

.410 Loads: Keep the Change

Reader Kimball passes along a cinematic reference that dovetails with our small-gauge shotshell test. Reader Stagg says we missed Marlin’s lightweight Papoose 22 LR takedown gun.

Loved the great article on .410 shotshell loads. You were intrigued by the “defense discs” of the Winchester PDX1 shell and mentioned the Old West folklore of a shotgun load composed of a roll of dimes. There is a great example of this legend in Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 film, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. In the film, Kris Kristofferson’s character (Billy the Kid) uses a double-barrel coach gun loaded with thin dimes to great effect against a brutal enemy. After dispatching his foe he remarks, “Keep the change, BOB.” Thank you for the excellent magazine.

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