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Shot Patterns: Bond Derringer Shooting
410 Shot Shell & 45 Long Colt Ammunition

My friend recently bought a Bond Arms Snake Slayer Derringer for personal protection and now has to decide which type of ammunition to carry in it. The Snake Slayer derringer is capable of shooting 45 Long Colt as well as 410 Shot Shell ammunition.

Bond Snake Slayer Derringer
Snake Slayer Derringer

 

In order to determine which is the best ammunition he should use for self defense, he purchased a variety of 410 shells as well as 45 Long Colt ammunition. The idea was to test fire each at the range and evaluate the bullet hole pattern as well as the comfort and recoil associated with each type or ammo.

To test the shells, he loaded both barrels of the derringer and test fired each of the following 410 shells. Distance to the target was 10 feet. Both barrels were fired. 9 inch diameter paper plates mounted on a cardboard back-stop were used as targets. Pictures were taken of each shot pattern.

 

Self Defense Shot Shells Tested

  1. Winchester PDXI 410 Supreme Elite Self Defense Ammunition
    2-1/2" 3 Disks over 1/4 oz BB Bonded PDX1.

  2. Winchester Super-X Ammunition
    410 Bore 2-1/2" 000 Buckshot 3 Pellets.

  3. Remington Ultimate Home Defense Ammunition
    410 Bore 2-1/2" 000 Buckshot 4 Pellets.

 

410 Shot Shell Pattern

Winchester 410 PDXI Winchester 410 Buckshot 3 Pellet Remington 410 Buckshot 4 Pellet
1. Winchester 410 PDXI Pattern; 2 Shots Fired; Distance: 10 ft. 2. Winchester 410 Buckshot 3 Pellet Pattern; 2 Shots Fired; Distance: 10 ft. 3. Remington 410 Buckshot 4 Pellet Pattern; 2 Shots Fired; Distance: 10 ft.

             

 

45 Long Colt Shot Pattern

My friend also shot 45 Long ammunition to test the accuracy and recoil. Targets were placed at distances of 7', 10' and 15'. The recoil was not bad and the accuracy fired through the derringer can be seen in the pictures.

 

7 Feet Distance 10 Feet Distance
15 Feet Distance

 

Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)

 

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