Okay to leave shotgun loaded?

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    For the folks that keep a loaded chamber try this little trick.

    Put a piece of tape on an UNLOADED or empty shell. Put the safety on, and make sure the shotgun is ready to fire. Load the empty shell. On your carpet, let the shotgun fall over or drop it from waist level. Simulating the gun accidentally falling over or being dropped. Then inspect the piece of tape to see if it has a hole or mark where the firing pin made a strike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Anglo View Post
    "BOOM,BOOM,BOOM" is my answer to "You should Not be in my house". I keep mine loaded and the safety On.
    Bear in mind that the safety on many shotguns, particularly the ubiquitous Remington 870, only blocks the trigger. Unlike pistols, where the safety locks the hammer to prevent discharge.

    This means that a dropped shotgun may well discharge.

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    The 870 I keep under my bed is loaded, but the chamber is kept empty. Also have an elastic sleeve with extra buckshot and a couple of slugs on the stock.
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    Tactical judgment

    "Keep it loaded 1 in the chamber will not hurt a thing. Don't waste time racking the slide if you are using it for defense seconds count. YMMV"

    +1

    In addition, I would not surrender knowledge of my position to an adversary. This would be poor tactical judgment.
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    Leave it loaded with the chamber empty, trigger released, safety set in the "fire" position... Then shoot it three or four times a year and clean it each time. If you have any feed problems, the spring may be weak so you splurge and spend $10 for a new spring...
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    Racking a shotgun could also say "Hey I'm over here!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbum View Post
    Keep it loaded 1 in the chamber will not hurt a thing. Don't waste time racking the slide if you are using it for defense seconds count. YMMV
    I second the motion that I ain't got time for an 'indimidation' rack of the pump. Once the threat is understood, there is only one option unless the threat removes its self. Disclaimer - I pretty much live alone and know when others are welcomed guests in my abode, so my solution to trigger is a lot less complicated than most of you might have.
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    Loading a spring to full capacity in no way damages a spring, it's constant use that wears them out. This applies to all types of magazines for rifle tubes, shotgun tubes and handgun mags.

    I'm not quite sure where or how the myth originated that a loaded mag will wear out a spring or how it became so widely accepted, but it's just not the case.

    Rock on with your loaded shotgun bro!
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    Thanks to all who chimed in...lots of great advice for this novice shotgun owner. Picking it up tonight!!

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    [QUOTE=jonconsiglio;2270162]Loading a spring to full capacity in no way damages a spring, it's constant use that wears them out. This applies to all types of magazines for rifle tubes, shotgun tubes and handgun mags.[QUOTE]

    +1!
    This is exactly what I was taught years ago. My department's Remington 870s remain loaded (full mags, empty chambers) all the time. Once or twice a year we have requalification and some training (plus any other practice the guys feel like doing on their own). In the 23 years I've worked here, to the best of my recollection, we've never had to replace a magazine spring. ;)

    Also, let me chime in in support of not keeping a shotty stored fully loaded if the safety does not block the firing pin/hammer. Yes, racking can reveal your position, but unless you live in a huge mansion, trust me, the bad guy can hear you move anyway and has a pretty good idea where you're at.

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    I keep the Mossberg loaded, safety off, with a snap-shell in the chamber - so it's easy to "rack-and-go." For whatever reason, the idea of a live shell in the chamber doesn't give me a good feeling. But racking the slide once to make it ready is intuitively simple.
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    I keep my Benelli with 1 chambered, 1 on the feed tray and the magazine with 6 rounds loaded, never had an issue.

    Iíve read about shotguns/long guns not being drop safe, but Iíve never experienced it. I bird hunt here in KS and at least every trip someday takes a serious spill. Iíve seen a bunch of dropped/thrown guns over the years and have yet to see an AD due to a shotgun being dropped.

    Iím not saying it canít happen, because I believe itís mechanically possible, it just might take more than going head over heels chasing a rooster to do it.

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    I leave all my guns loaded.

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    Let me clarify something real quick… Although certain long guns are not drop safe, that's not my primary reason for keeping the chamber clear. I have two small kids and at night I don't lock my home defense rifle up in a safe. My defensive handguns stay chambered.
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