TheOptimizationIdiot - 1:56 am on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
I personally wouldn't stress over a couple links to a few pages. Links are overrated from what I've seen lately anyway. If the only reason to redirect is "link weight accumulation" and not actual traffic, personally I'd just 410 everything, because it's the right status code for the situation and a 301 when it doesn't help actual traffic (visitors) to the page it's simply an attempt to manipulate.
People can say what they want, but if a link to a page does not generate actual traffic and the page needs to be removed for some reason the only reason to redirect is to manipulate (increase) rankings, people can try to "sell it" any way they like, but that's all it is at the core and personally I would not do it.
The only way I redirect any more is if it will help actual visitors, other than that if I need to remove a page for some reason even if there's something similar, it's 410 Gone.