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Hunting with an Empty Chamber

When I was first instructed in hunting by my Dad, I was told to load my rifle's magazine, rack a round into the chamber and put the safety on. You never take the safety off until you are about to take a shot.

On the TV hunting programs, I have noticed out west and in some other countries, that they carry their rifles with an empty chamber and do not put a round in until just before they are ready to take a shot at an animal. Where I hunt, if you did that, you would spook the game most of the time because they are relatively close when you see them.

 Is that a common practice among a lot of hunters, or it that a TV show thing?

 

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MUst be a TV thing I would

MUst be a TV thing I would guess, I mean thinking about it imagine the noise it makes for deer hunting. I know I'd never do that, and as you, only take the safety off after I make sure its the one I want and know that I am going to shoot.

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Hunting with a bullet in the chamber,

I was taught from the time I could carry a rifle to NOT have a bullet in the chamber. If you can not get a shot because you have to load your weapon you typically are not going to get the shot off anyways.

My style of hunting is covering ground and being on the move. Even with carrying my rifle in my pack it is always unloaded. If you trip and fall that safety may not work and you can shoot yourself or the person you are hunting with.

The elk I wrote the story about that I shot at 5 yards I had to rack a shell in and I still killed that bull. It is just not worth it to me to pack a loaded rifle. Just my .02 !

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empty chamber

i always thought that was a unwritin law "keeping your chamber empty untill your ready to shoot somthin" kinda like "keepin ur muzzle pointed in a safe direction" or thats how i always looked at it. and any ways out hear in nevadas open country usaully when your lookin threw the scope and ready to shoot, the buck or what ever it may be is a good 100 yrds + and aint gonna hear it any ways. but in all saftey is #1, rather come back with a dead buck then a dead freind.

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I think this is the same as

I think this is the same as my "Unloaded or Loaded?" thread.

I always have the gun loaded, bullet in the chamber, if I am in a hunting situation.

If I am in/near a vehicle, or a residence, I will always unload my gun.

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Like Ca_Vermonster said we

Like Ca_Vermonster said we pretty much went over all this a few days ago. But to reiterate I am wth the group the loads up as soon as leaving the vehicle. I know some of you guys believe it is a safety issue but I have never had a problem. If crossing a fence or if there is a need to jump or something then yes I will unload the rifle but otherwise it is loaded at all times. Yes you do need to be aware of your firearm all the time but then you should be anyway.

I have carried a handgun almost daily for a very long time condition 1 cocked and locked with no problems and consider it the same type of situation.

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Load your clip when you get

Load your clip when you get out of the truck, put one in the chamber, safety on and be careful. When you get back to the truck...unload. Been doing it for years.

I agree with some of the guys on not loading...obviously you don't assume as much risk this way. gun can't shoot if there's nothing in the tube. But I always load up and chamber one when I'm hunting though. I've taken some nasty falls and haven't had one go off....yet. I also don't wear my seatbelt sometimes. Guess that makes us rebels

I do disagree with the idea that if you don't have time to chamber a round and shoot that you weren't going to get a shot anyway. say you have a buck thats got you pinned and looking at you from 50yds. in thick timber, if you still have to chamber one, aim and shoot he's gone. If all you need to do is aim and shoot, he's dead. I know that for a fact

The guy who said he had time to load a round and still killed that nice bull at 5 yds, that elk was very tame or could'nt hear......or was it laying wounded when it was shot?

Again, just my 2 cents worth 

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No tame elk here !!!!

EF,

First of all welcome to BGH ! :thumbsup1:  Secondly I hunt one of the most heavily hunted units in Colorado and there are no tame elk in this unit. All the elk in the group must have been hard of hearing....... or laying wounded, because I had them all standing there (20+). I have also knocked down a cow elk at 40 yards as it got up to run away. I just simply started loading the rifle and bringing it to my shoulder while putting the crosshairs on her and pulling the trigger. It all happened in a matter of seconds. I guess I am just better than some. Confused

I have also killed many deer and some elk with my bow that had me pegged at 60 yards or less, but yet I still loaded the bow and managed to kill the critter before they took off. Just my .02 !

I am sorry I replied so late, but my computer is down.

Quinton

 

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Load your clip when you get

sorry guys about double posting that last one. not really sure how I did that.

Also, whats the deal with all the grand slam winners? just about every person that has responded to this post is a winner. Does everyone win one if you stay with this site long enough or what?

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Share some stories with us

Share some stories with us EF!!! e'd love to hear them, and you are just out of the running right now for a prize.  If you post some more, and participate, this would be a good month for you to be in the running!

 

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EF, the Grand Slam Challenge is a monthly contest we've been running since last July. You can read all the details here http://www.biggamehunt.net/grand_slam_march_april_2011.html for April. Basically you collect points for participation on the BGH site, which includes posting here on the forums and submitting stories, tips, and photos to the photo galleries. At the end of the month the highest totals win prizes. The above link describes the prizes for this month. At the bottom of the page are links to previous month's prizes as well, so you can see what we've done in the past.

It's not too late to compete! So send in some stories and tips! Thumbs up

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