Okay to leave shotgun loaded?

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    Loaded and chambered unless the grand babies are over then it is loaded and locked in the safe. Since getting my AR the shotgun (my 1100) is not used to much for the HD primary long gun.

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    Depends on the gun. I have a Remington 870. I keep it "Cruiser ready" which is tube loaded to capacity, chamber empty... rack and go. This is because under stress the safety on an 870 is harder and slower than racking the slide. If I was shooting a Mossberg 500/590 then I would load the chamber.... Safety on a Mossy is much easier under stress.

    In any case, it won't hurt the spring. Modern gunsprings don't "take a set". repeated use is what would weaken them, but that is tens of thousands of cycles... basically never for all but high end competition shooters.

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    @jonconsiglio....I have the same situation with kids home and I don't lock up my home defense arms either...my 357 revolver is on my night stand and my M5 12 ga is right next to it against my bed post with the mag fully loaded, chamber clear and safety on.

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    I have my Stevens 320 with 5 shells in the mag and none chambered just as a little extra safety but I have my M&P 45 next to me anyway.
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    As others have stated, extended use will make the spring fail, not keeping it loaded.

    And as for the issue of keeping one in the tube. Other than safety issues, I hate to hear people say that racking the slide will warn an intruder that they should not be there. The first sound they should hear is the gun going off.

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    Mossberg 590a1, 7 15 pellet 00 buck in the tube with two in the stock and two slugs there too

    I keep the chamber clear due to kids, other wise it would be fully loaded
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    I keep mine loaded, safety on, next to my desk (which is where I am usually found late at night). 00 buckshot in the chamber, and slugs in the tube. If I had plenty of time I might release chamber just enough to close it and get that rack sound, but without knowing what I might encounter, I want it ready to shoot now, not after a rack. Once a month I disassemble and clean, regardless of use. I will also check the spring in the tube to ensure it's loading rounds properly.

    I don't have to worry about kids or the like. If I did, I likely wouldn't store it this way.

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    I was curious about this so sent in a question to Mossberg. Their response was "Sir we don't recommend to leave you firearm loaded reason being that the magazine spring would lose tension therefore cause your firearm to malfunction."

    Of course, they didn't say anything about how much the spring would lose over what period of time. I'm sure it varies depending on temperature, humidity, amount of actual shooting (actual spring use), plus the luck of the draw as to which individual spring came with your shotgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    No springs in my coach gun...no problem.
    I agree. I have a double barrel coach gun with mule ear hammers. It has been loaded for many years. I also have a '97 pump that has been loaded for
    quite a while (both set in different rooms), but both guns have a piece of tape near the back of the barrel that say, "loaded, one in chamber."

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    I think guys that are leaving the chamber empty and mag full are underestimating the "ingenuity" and curiosity of kids. They don't always approach puzzles the way adults do. More than one kid have shot themselves because they activated the trigger with their thumbs - think about how they must have been holding the gun to do that. I can see a kid even using their feet to work a shotgun bolt handle while the butt is on the floor.

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    I have a hard time understanding the reason for an empty firearm, I guess you could hit something/somebody with it?
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    Keep it loaded for bear!

    I cycle my heavy shells every two weeks.

    If you think the sping in the slide tube is getting weak, pull it, lube it and feel it in you hands. You will know if it it stiff or not!
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    My 870 is kept cruiser ready as others have mentioned. There is no one else to worry about in my house. I did replace the mag spring last week. I have had no problems but it was 30+ years old and it only cost me $9 ($7 for the spring and I split the shipping with someone lol). I did notice the replacement spring was 4" or 5" longer and seemed stiffer than the original but it works flawlessly. Now I have a backup. Here's what I got: Springs for REMINGTON 870, 878, 11-48, SPT-48, SPT-58 Rifles & Shotguns
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePVB View Post
    I was curious about this so sent in a question to Mossberg. Their response was "Sir we don't recommend to leave you firearm loaded reason being that the magazine spring would lose tension therefore cause your firearm to malfunction."

    Of course, they didn't say anything about how much the spring would lose over what period of time. I'm sure it varies depending on temperature, humidity, amount of actual shooting (actual spring use), plus the luck of the draw as to which individual spring came with your shotgun.
    Compression cycles weaken springs, not static loads. This would be like advising against letting your car be parked too long, as the load would wear out the suspension springs.

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