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Bond Arms .45/.410 Derringer Range Report
My friend has had a Bond Arms Derringer riding around in the glove box of his ATV for years. Used it on snakes and I’ve even grabbed it (with .410 shells) to track a deer or two as it was my only choice.
Well, after all these years, I decided to finally pattern the 7.5 shot he carries in the gun and actually try some of my .45 Colt handloads for dispatching wounded deer or any ner-do-wellers on the ranch.
From 6 feet, it patterns well enough to dispatch Hiss with efficient intent. Recoil isn’t bad either.
The hot .45 Colt Handloads, on the other hand............SON OF A BISCUIT!!! The 250gr XTP were painful with 27.5gr H110. While the POI is off a little at 5 yards, they grouped well at 966 fps.
The 300gr WFN-GC with 25.5gr H110 @ 914 fps were just BRUTAL! Glad I was wearing gloves with a little padding.
POI about the same. Grouping not as good. But, that could have been the 100lb trigger or the fear of the sledge hammer about to nail my palm.
I settled on the 250gr XTP in the top barrel with the .410 shell in the bottom barrel.
Should work on 2, 4, or no legged critters up close.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith