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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,025 Senior Member
    I'm going to go chamber 6 rnds right now then wait for it to get above freezing
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I'm going to go chamber 6 rnds right now then wait for it to get above freezing

    Yesterday as the temp was hovering around freezing, I put four rounds in the magazine of my Model 700 SPS 30-06 and walked the 300 some odd yards to my blind and sat down. Then when I got ready to chamber a round my hand was so cold I could barely manipulate things to work the bolt. After three hours of that hell, when we got up at dark to leave, I could barely remove the round from the chamber and stick it back down into the magazine and close the bolt on an empty chamber for the walk to the truck. Then it hit me, If we'd have seen hogs how would I have even pulled the trigger? It was that damn cold with a 20 MPH wind and temp in the 30s.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    Bolt action, while walking to stand, then unchamber until I see deer. Just takes a second to chamber a round. NEVER have one chambered while entering or exiting tree stand.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    It depends on the firearm. I really don't care if I'm alone or with someone. My level of safety is the same because I practice the same thing everytime. If I'm toting one of my Mausers or my Model 70, I have a round in the chamber when I get out of the vehicle and walk toward the blind. If I'm toting one of my Remingtons or any other rifle that the safety only blocks the sear, I have the chamber empty with 4 rounds in the magazine and only bolt one into the chamber when we or I sit down in the blind. If you drop a Mauser or a Model 70, or any rifle that has a safety that blocks the firing pin from falling, dropping it won't set it off. But one where the safety only blocks the sear, well I don't like to take a chance with it. And when I have my .357 strapped on my hip, it's ready to draw and fire.

    Edited to Add: Some of you gun smithing gurus here, what about a Ruger 77 Tang Safety model, does the Safety block the firing pin like a Mauser, or is it like a Remington only blocking the trigger? I"ve never explored the innards of either Model 77 I've owned. I never gave this a second thought.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • GUNMAN1947GUNMAN1947 New Member Posts: 2 New Member
    When I could hunt I loaded when safe & legal like all here. I no longer can hunt because of asthma and other issues. I carry a 1991A1 Colt in condition 1, cocked & locked. I keep certain guns in my safe loaded "just in case".
    TRY NEVER TO RUN OUT OF SMOKES, AMMO AND LUCK ALL AT THE SAME TIME. BUT REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE AMMO YOU CAN ALWAYS GET MORE SMOKES AND MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK. - - -G. K. SHIRPA
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    what about a Ruger 77 Tang Safety model, does the Safety block the firing pin like a Mauser

    The tang safety Ruger blocks the bolt in the closed position and locks the trigger, but it does not lock the firing pin. My 2nd. generation Ruger has a Model 70 style safety on the gas shield that's a positive firing pin blocker.
    Jerry
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    An unloaded gun is a short range club. We quit living in caves and hunting with sticks and stones a few thousand years ago!
    Jerry
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    The tang safety Ruger blocks the bolt in the closed position and locks the trigger, but it does not lock the firing pin. My 2nd. generation Ruger has a Model 70 style safety on the gas shield that's a positive firing pin blocker.
    Jerry

    That's what I was thinking but I wasn't sure. I never messed with either the .308 Varminter I used to own or the 30-06 that I had rebarreled to 9.3x62. I really didn't think the tang safety would block the firing pin, but I didn't know. With my decrepid Neuropathized legs I could slip and I have before when walking on bumpy or wet slippery turf. So If the safety doesn't block the firing pin from falling, then I just load my magazine for the walk. Once I bolt a round in the chamber and I'm ready for what comes forth. However, with my old Model 70 or either either of my sporterized Yugo Mausers, I feel confident that if I fall it will be safe. On my .280 Remington, which is a Mauser, it has a Timney Trigger and is fitted with aTimney two position Trigger blocking safety, so I treat it like the Remingtons. Anytime I'm actually hunting I have a round in the chamber. But at that time I won't have the rifle sling on my shoulder. I'll be holding that rifle with both hands at the ready.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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