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I've decided to start reloading, and I decided to start with the 410, since it's one of the more expensive rounds I shoot, but one of the cheapest to reload. So I'm starting out loading some #000 buck rounds, but I would really like to reload slugs. The problem is, I can't find 410 slugs or slug molds anywhere.

So, my question is, can I use a 41 magnum bullet, or even a 40 S&W bullet in the 410 shell, as a slug? Now, factory 410 slugs have up to a 1/4 ounce weight, which is 109.375 gr, but a 40 S&W bullet will be around 175 gr, and a 41 magnum around 195 gr. Now, if we stop there, the obvious answer is, "no way, the bullets are way too heavy." However, #000 buck loads are loaded with 4 70 gr pellets. That's a total load of 280 gr: way above the 195 gr 41 magnum bullet. So, is there any reason I couldn't use one of these bullets as a slug? Isn't 280 gr split into 4 parts the same thing (as far as pressures go) as a 280 gr bullet? Or is there something I don't understand about the physics?
 

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The standard 410 shot load is a half ounce. That's 218 grains, more or less. Use "shot" data with your 180 grain 40 S&W bullet and you should be fine.
 
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