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    All you guys out there with shotguns for home defense, after you chamber a round do you top off the tube or leave it as is?
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    Top off, if there's time...

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    I would probably top it off. Haven't had to do it in an attack to know for sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45ACP4ever
    All you guys out there with shotguns for home defense, after you chamber a round do you top off the tube or leave it as is?
    Depending on what I'm loading, I will sometimes leave mag a round short so I can pick something different for the first round.

    Right now, the options are:
    Remington 3.5" Magnum 00 Buck
    S&B 2.75" Low Recoil 00 Buck
    Winchester 2.75" Magnum #4 Turkey Loads
    Assorted #8 Bird/Skeet Loads

    Generally, with the 3.5s loaded, I figure I'll have time to cycle a bit if I need to drop to a lower load. With the birdshot, I leave room to slap in a buck load. Either way, I'll try to have another round in hand to load up as soon as it's cycled.

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    My shot gun sits with 8 shells in it. If I need the 9th round then I'm probably in some trouble.

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    When I used a shotgun for home defense, I stored it with the magazine fully loaded, chamber empty. Were it needed, I would chamber a round and leave the magazine short one round. That allowed me to retain the option to change ammunition quickly (i.e. switch to slug).

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    Topped off. No reason to lose an extra round, though some think that racking the slide is a good idea to upset an intruder.

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    I leave mine 1 round of Rem low recoil 00 buck in the chamber and 6 in the tube. I leave the tube -1 so I can throw in any of the 4 1oz slugs on the side saddle.

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    Top it off! I keep 8 in the mossy always.

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