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aakk9999 - 8:33 pm on Jun 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
I would 301 to the home page.
This is not a good idea - Google treats this as a soft 404. You could redirect to a relevant page, but if there are no external links, I would have either leave them 404, or better, return 410 gone - they will drop out of index sooner.
From Google: "Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic." [support.google.com...]