My shotgun lives in the safe, as others have mentioned, its not my primary. It's there for when I KNOW something is going on and have time to grab it.
It sits with 7 in the tube and 1 in the chamber, safety on. It's a semi so i dont have the opportunity to make the scary noise people like so much.
I disagree completely with that BS by the way. In my years, and in all the years of my friends and family, nobody i know has ever seen anybody crap their pants when a shotgun is cocked
As mentioned all you have done is told somebody where you are, and that you have a shotgun. Thats more information than they deserve. The only thing they should hear before a shot is fired is you ordering them to get on the ground or what have you.
I can grab my shotgun, make an inaudible click as i remove the safety, and then dump 8 rounds of whatever its loaded with as fast as I can pull the trigger if necessary.
Also for the question of whether that 1 shot is valuable or not (regardless of liking the mean scary pumping sound). Folks mention reloading from a side saddle or sling or whatever. Lol. how fast can you reload your shotgun, in the dark, under stress? I'll opt for having as much in the gun and having it as close to ready as possible. But thats just me, YYMV.