Savage’s 410 Turkey Guns: Small Bores for Gobblers

   06.15.20

Savage’s 410 Turkey Guns: Small Bores for Gobblers

Oddly enough, hunting turkeys with the diminutive 410 shotgun has become really popular of late. In fact, the Stevens 301 line of single-shot break-action 410 turkey guns was one of Savage’s top-sellers for 2019, which came as some surprise. I fired one at the 2020 SHOT Show Range Day and was impressed, consistently hitting a steel target at 30 yards.

Savage offers multiple options for hunters who wish to tote a 410, and they say the guns are optimized for Federal HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads. So if you’re thinking ahead about using a 410 during the 2021 turkey season — or you just want a light, reliable reacher-outer shotgun — the Savage Stevens 301 line might be right for you.

301 Turkey

The 301 Turkey is available in 2 Mossy Oak camo patterns for the stock: Bottomland or Obsession. Barrel and action are finished in matte black. With an MSRP of $204, it’s one of the most affordable new turkey guns you can find. This model comes with a picatinny rail for mounting an optic, which you can remove to use the front bead sight. It comes with one choke tube: Extra Full.

Here’s what Savage says about it:

  • Single-shot, break-action shotgun
  • Synthetic stock and fore-end with Mossy Oak Obsession camo
  • 26-inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3-inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore-end
  • Removable one-piece rail for optional optic or red dot
  • Bead sight compatible with TruGlo® sight systems
  • Extra-full choke included (Win. choke pattern ½-32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

301 Turkey XP

Like the previous version, this one comes in Mossy Oak Bottomland or Mossy Oak Obsession. Near as I can tell, the 301 Turkey XP is a 301 Turkey with a 1x 30mm red dot sight mounted on the optics rail. MSRP is $239, so you’re basically paying $35 for the red dot.

Features:

  • Single shot, break action shotgun
  • 1×30 Red Dot Mounted & Boresighted
  • Synthetic stock and fore end with Mossy Oak Obsession camo
  • 26 inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3 inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore end
  • Removable one piece rail
  • Front bead sight
  • Extra full choke included (Win. Choke pattern ½ 32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

301 Turkey Thumbhole

The only non-camouflage version of the 301 series, the 301 Turkey Thumbhole naturally has a thumbhole stock. The stock is olive drab and the gun metal is matte black. Like the basic 301 Turkey, it has an optics rail but doesn’t include an optic. At $219, you’re shelling out an extra $15 for that thumbhole butt stock.

Features:

  • Single-shot, break-action shotgun
  • Rugged, synthetic, olive drab thumbhole stock and forend
  • Ambidextrous cheek riser
  • 26-inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3-inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore-end
  • Removable one-piece rail
  • Front bead sight
  • Extra-full choke included (Win. Choke pattern ½-32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

Interested?

Are you interested in hunting turkeys and other game with a 410? I have to say, 410 is what I started with but I don’t feel a burning urge to return to the little booger when it comes to pursuing game. Am I wrong?

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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