I was out with the .410 Webley & Scott late yesterday afternoon and what a cracking little gun it is. I was spurred on to find myself one for a couple of reasons, firstly I am a bit of a fan of the .410 even though it is not something I ever get out with, I just like the idea of getting up close and personal with my chosen quarry, plus my Father used to shoot one and we have occasionally talked about them and he always maintained a .410 was all that was needed for Rabbits so when one came up at a very sensible price I grabbed it.
So after a visual inspection to make sure the barrel was bright and un-bulged and the trigger and bolt operated as they should do it was placed in the cabinet for the right opportunity. The opportunity arrived Friday afternoon in the form of an offer to head out and do some zeroing and bring the .410 and suitable targets were supplied in the form of a handful of clays and a manual tray in the back of the van so armed with half a box of 2.5″ No6’s cartridges we set off.
The extractor seemed a bit wobbly however I dropped the first cartridge in and called ‘Pull’ and missed plus there were extraction issues, more accurately the bolt slid over the extractor however some jiggling had it working and I knocked down a few of the next half a dozen or so clays albeit being caught out by a light trigger on one occasion. Time to hand the .410 over to my companion who I know is a bit of a dab hand with a shotgun. He also got caught out with extractor and trigger issues however we had fun and this was a testing session.
So thoughts on the Webley & Scott Bolt Action .410 – Well it is surprisingly light and easy to point and has a good length of barrel. The safety is basic and is applied by a clockwise twist of the cocking piece although you can equally close the bolt on a pulled trigger which renders it about as safe as you can get without loading it. To shoot you can then pull the cocking piece back and it is cocked. Personally I tend to keep a shotgun unloaded until ready to shoot however this is always a bit of a problem when you happen upon a Rabbit as they seldom stay still for long enough.
Anyway, back to the W&S. The trigger is a lot lighter than I expected/remembered so I need to take a closer look at it, I am not a big fan of light triggers and although this has a good feeling it is is not where I want it to be. Hmm… it is not very often you hear people wanting a heavier trigger pull!
One thing is evident, this little gun has had a reasonably hard life so it would be nice to bring it back to a correctly working standard, I will add a sling as well as I would expect it to spend some time across my shoulder. Hopefully
.410 cartridges are not cheap which has set me thinking about using .303 Brass and fire forming to suit. I very much doubt I would get through more than a handful in an outing so the idea is quite appealing. The alternative is 444 Marlin brass however the rim diameter might be a problem given the extractor design on the W&S. I would need a sizing die however a chopped 444 Marlin resizing die would probably do and would be a lot quicker than making my own. Lots to think about.
Hehe, Saturday morning is weigh in time for the Seal Hound (*) He is such an accommodating chap and wags his tail when I call him over, then it is a matter of scooping him up and stepping onto a set of zeroed scales and recording his weight. Little does he realise that this exercise is to ensure he remains a Labrador as opposed to a Fat Labrador. He is about where he should be so we will maintain his level of exercise and diet however if things change weight wise he is in for a rude awakening 🙂
(*) Seal Hound because of his recent antics with the rotting remains of a Seal that was on the shoreline.