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Thread: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

  1. #81
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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by steel_ram View Post
    I don't have a quad. I was being facetious.
    Lol. Me too...

  2. #82
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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gateholio View Post
    Much of it depends on the circumstances. I often carry one in the chamber with safety on, but some circumstances dictate an empty chamber. There are a few friends that I feel comfortable next to with loaded chambers. If I do t know someone well I prefer empty chambers. I use firearms more days than I don’t so I am pretty comfortable with gun handling.
    Sums it up for me too, although I definitely don’t spend as much time with using the firearms I have.

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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    I’m always one in the chamber/safety on. Maybe overly paranoid or have had bad luck but if you spend enough time in northern BC or the EK where the bears are dirty, you might get it. Sure it’s only a brief second to chamber a round but I’d certainly like to take out the mechanical and human error that can occur in a rushed loading. Usually alone but even with a partner I’m loaded. Muzzle control is key though.

  4. #84
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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    magazine loaded in the rifle, nothing in the chamber. I never use the safety
    rack and shoot
    I hunt with a Tikka so its fast and quiet

  5. #85
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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    My friend was really really safe and left gunbold home...garanteed no accident

  6. #86
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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    Alone: Loaded with one up the spout /safety on.

    Accompanies: Magazine loaded/chamber empty.

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    Re: Hiking with loaded rifle yay or nay?

    This Sep I had my rifle go off a without trigger pull after safety was switched off. Had a round chambered in Mule country, and was about to unload it. Thank god I've got muzzle control ingrained in my head as a new hunter.

    I’ll never hike with a chambered round again EVER!
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