Okay to leave shotgun loaded?

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    Okay to leave shotgun loaded?

    Just bought my first shotgun...is it okay to leave it loaded for extended periods of time?


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    I don't see how filling the shotgun to capacity and leaving it loaded would put excess strain on the spring. I leave my shotgun fully loaded at all times... I do unload it every couple of months when I clean and oil it.
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    In general, most long guns are not drop safe.

    I keep my pump shotgun with a full magazine tube, chamber empty, safety off. Pump it, and go. But until then, it is completely safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    In general, most long guns are not drop safe.

    I keep my pump shotgun with a full magazine tube, chamber empty, safety off. Pump it, and go. But until then, it is completely safe.
    I guess I may have misunderstood his question, not entirely clear if he's asking "okay" in the sense that it is okay for the gun or okay for safety reasons.

    I, too, leave my shotgun in this condition. I find the click clack of chambering a round to be a pretty useful "You should not be in my house" statement.
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    @10thmtn--makes great sense...that's what I'll do for sure. Thanks!!

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    @gdm320---a great "extra" point! "you should not be in my house" statement INDEED!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!!

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    The shotgun gurus say to load it one under capacity to avoid spring set in the mag tube,I do this with mine.If the five instead of six won't get the job done,I have a back-up.
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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjgcaddyman View Post
    Just bought my first shotgun...is it okay to leave it loaded for extended periods of time?
    mine has been loaded for 30 years, in that time maybe I put 25 shells through it
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdm320 View Post
    I guess I may have misunderstood his question, not entirely clear if he's asking "okay" in the sense that it is okay for the gun or okay for safety reasons.

    I, too, leave my shotgun in this condition. I find the click clack of chambering a round to be a pretty useful "You should not be in my house" statement.

    "BOOM,BOOM,BOOM" is my answer to "You should Not be in my house". I keep mine loaded and the safety On.

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    No prob with single shot, double barrel, pump or semi auto shotgun either in chamber or in magazine.


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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.
    My pre-answer will be "click", which will be the sound of the safety being switched off...
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    My HD shotty is a Mossberg 930 Semi-Auto,keep 1 00 buck in the pipe safety on and 4 in the tube,BG shows up safety off,pull trigger,wait for flash
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjgcaddyman View Post
    Just bought my first shotgun...is it okay to leave it loaded for extended periods of time?
    Not really, imo. It should be unloaded fairly regularly because you're practicing with it reasonably frequently.
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    My Mossberg 590 remains unloaded and locked in the safe when I am not present. But I do keep it in at least condition 3 load until it's bedtime. It is just an additional gun to my handguns for home defense.
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