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While you are out hunting small game or deer, do you engauge your safty between possible shots?
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Always. Not using the safety is a dangerous , foolish idea. Nothing I hunt is that important I cannot take the time to ID the animal & disengage the safety before shooting. Having the safety off is a ND waiting to happen. Branches, gloves ect could easily pull the trigger with possible fatal results.
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Of course... no reason not too.
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Yup, except on my break action under/over. It is single action that I have to manually cock the hammer back and the safety is really akward. I watch my muzzle real good and usually travel with the action open.
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Bud White, Rocky, and Sixto have it right. (Great answer, Rocky.)
Using the safety should be part of a person's safe gun handling practice. Just like keeping your finger off the trigger until you're on target, the safety should only be disengaged as you're making the decision to fire.
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I simply cannot imagine walking though brush,over and under fences, or crawling in and out of treestands with the safety off and the chamber loaded.
Talk about tempting fate....
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Back when I hunted the prairie I never even had a round chambered until I saw what I was hunting for. Safety is primary, getting game is secondary.
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always on when walking/stalking.
once i'm in a stand, on private property, however, the safety comes off. on public lands, on til i'm ready to pull the trigger.
Yes when bird hunting, no when deer hunting in a tree stand, then the bolt is open. Lowering the bolt is quieter than clicking off the safety.
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I can't imagine a situation you wouldn't use the safety while hunting. I would classify having an open chamber as Andy states above as safe also...
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