View Full Version : dry firing shotguns

July 4, 2002, 02:15 PM
I own four pump shotguns... a Benelli, a Browning, and two Mossbergs. My question is, after I am finished shooting, should I dry fire the gun to release spring tension on the hammer? Or does it really matter if the spring remains compressed. I know a couple of guys that own O/U's and they never dry fire the guns... they just break them down and put them in the luggage case. Will I cause premature wear if I too leave my guns cocked but unloaded after firing for the day? Thanks to all!

Pat Brophy

Andrew Wyatt
July 4, 2002, 02:19 PM
it couldn't hurt, really. I can't think of a reason not do do it.

I habitually do the same thing with every gun i own besides my .22

July 4, 2002, 02:20 PM
..... Some snap-caps and be done with it? I've been using snap-caps in my shotguns for the past 22 years.

Of course, for all practicle reasons, I don't think dry firing a shotgun like you described will harm any modern one .....

Dave McC
July 4, 2002, 03:23 PM
My oldest 870 has been stored with the hammer cocked for decades. No problems....

July 4, 2002, 03:31 PM
A properly engineered and maintained spring will lose power FAR faster from use than from being stored in the compressed state.

But said spring will long outlive the owner either way.

So it boils down to personal druthers. And other parts affected by dry firing.


July 5, 2002, 12:03 AM
All of your guns have coil springs so there is no benefit to dry firing. Shotguns with leaf springs apparently benefit from being uncocked for longer term storage.

I usually drop the hammer on my leaf spring guns but the coil springs are usually left as is.


July 5, 2002, 02:12 PM
Don't understand the logic behind snap caps to uncock a gun. When you open it to get out the snap cap, guess what, you cocked it agin. :rolleyes:

Break action guns cock on opening also. :confused:

July 5, 2002, 05:35 PM
Simply leave the snap caps in the gun until the next time you want to shoot.