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#3189407 - 03/11/13 04:50 AM Is your gun loaded
Uncle Jesse
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I've seen a few turkey hunting shows lately where the hunter forgot to load his gun. I've always said, I'd rather not see any as to miss one, but I think a click would be the worst. Has anyone had this happen?
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#3189416 - 03/11/13 05:13 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Uncle Jesse]
Setterman
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It is the worst, I have only had it happen once, but it haunts me to this very day. I am still obsessive about sliding the bolt open when I sit down with a bird just to make sure.
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#3189451 - 03/11/13 06:46 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Setterman]
Phil1979
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Not yet. I make sure and load as soon as I'm set up.
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#3189467 - 03/11/13 07:13 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Phil1979]
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Not yet. I usually check twice as i leave the truck.
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#3189495 - 03/11/13 07:59 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: muddyboots]
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Nope
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#3189505 - 03/11/13 08:15 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Lawrence]
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Loaded from the time I leave the truck until I either shoot a turkey or return to the truck empty handed.
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#3189526 - 03/11/13 08:32 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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I hunted a bird all year long about 5years ago. I finally had him within 45 yards on the last day of the season and click! I make double sure now!!
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#3189550 - 03/11/13 09:09 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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 Originally Posted By: Grizzly Johnson
Loaded from the time I leave the truck until I either shoot a turkey or return to the truck empty handed.


X2!
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#3189554 - 03/11/13 09:14 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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 Originally Posted By: Grizzly Johnson
Loaded from the time I leave the truck until I either shoot a turkey or return to the truck empty handed.


No other option from where I see it.
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#3189635 - 03/11/13 10:36 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: RUGER]
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never happened to me turkey hunting but has happened to me a FEW times deer hunting and i forgot to put one in the chamber.
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#3189772 - 03/11/13 01:20 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: REN]
Southern Sportsman
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It happened to me once, and I had dropped my vest about 3 yards behind me to crawl to the tree I was sitting against. Some how -- and I'm still not sure how -- I managed to click, wait for him to fan out, crawl back, grab one shell, and kill him before he got out of range. He started trotting away when I closed the bolt.
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#3189782 - 03/11/13 01:27 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
 Originally Posted By: Grizzly Johnson
Loaded from the time I leave the truck until I either shoot a turkey or return to the truck empty handed.


No other option from where I see it.

Sound advice, I agree!

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#3189821 - 03/11/13 02:06 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Winchester]
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Not yet, and I hope that streak continues.
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#3190015 - 03/11/13 05:51 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Andy S.]
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I've never had that happen that I can recall but didn't get the action closed all the way one time and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't fire until it was too late. I did go click on a buck one time right at dark. Climbed up in my stand and forgot to reload. It was a sickening feeling.
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#3190058 - 03/11/13 06:31 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: REN]
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Heck no I've forgotten to load a rifle when i climb in a deer stand but i load my shot gun as soon as i get to the farm til i leave.
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#3190095 - 03/11/13 07:07 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: REN]
muddyboots
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I have forgotten my cap on a muzzle loader though.
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#3190451 - 03/12/13 06:54 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: muddyboots]
Uncle Jesse
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I guess the closest I've been to doing it is one morning I took my 3901 20 gauge Beretta. Somehow the way I was resting the gun on my knee caused the safety to get pushed off. That gobbler pitched down and landed about 20 yards in front of me. I was trying to push the safety off and couldn't. He spotted me when I tilted the gun and was gone.

I really don't like those long front Beretta safeties.
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#3190481 - 03/12/13 07:42 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Uncle Jesse]
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Done it on a deer, have not done it on a Turkey
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#3190555 - 03/12/13 08:57 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: BigRod]
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It has only happened once when I had my step-daughter on juvenile. We had set up called for a while on the edge of a field and didn't hear anything so we decided to move and look around the edge for some sheds. She wanted to carry the gun so I took the shell out of the chamber but left the ones in the magazine. We made a little loop and walked into the edge of the woods. I spotted movement and there were five jakes standing where we had just picked the decoys up from. We got down and I purred a few times and here they came. I was thinking she was about to kill her first turkey...click! By the time I got one shucked in they were doing that fast, head bobbing walk away at about 30 yards and she missed. I guess taking the shell out was safe for us and the turkeys!
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#3190703 - 03/12/13 11:59 AM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: Bigg E]
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Luckily never on Turkey.
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#3190727 - 03/12/13 12:29 PM Re: Is your gun loaded [Re: REN]
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Since I hunt a WMA often I am always sure to unload when I get in the truck and then I always remember to load before hitting the woods. It's just part of the normal routine for me, grab the shells and load the chamber, and stuff the mag till it is full of shells (6 total), double check that safety is on, and then make sure I'm not forgetting anything else and go into the woods. haven't forgot to load my gun, yet. Fingers crossed...
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