Hi DRenn & Gizmo99-
Thanks much for your input. It's a question that I'm sure all of us have considered for quite some time. I'm going to play around with patterns to see what works best.
I'll likely put a slug or two down the magazine tube first so those will be the last two shots on the way out...should the need arise, God forbid.
What does everyone feel about keeping the magazine tubes "short 1 shell" to preserve spring life? The other side of me says that magazine springs are probably so inexpensive for shotguns it's better to keep them topped-off? What does everyone think?
Thanks again for your help...
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