When to Load a Firearm
When do you load your firearm? That is, when do you chamber a round from the magazine into the action? There's no rule to tell you exactly when it is the right time. It depends on the situation as well as your experience and skill. Obviously, you never want to have a round chambered until you are actually hunting away from buildings and vehicles. However, if you wait until you are about to shoot, then the noise of loading may spook the animal. Also you may not focus your full attention on loading your gun safely since you are looking to see what the animal is doing. A reasonable and safe compromise is to chamber a round with the safety of the firearm on “safe” when you get close to an area where you expect to find game. Never walk around with a loaded firearm and the safety in the “fire” position.