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When clearing out shells from the mag is it safe to cycle them through the action or should one take the time to drop them out of the ejector port?
 

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It is safe to cycle them as long as you keep your booger hook off the trigger, and keep the shotgun pointed in a safe direction at all times.
 

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I consider it bad form to cycle them through the action. Learn to utilize the shell stops via the loading gate. Every time a shell/round is chambered there is the possiblity of an OOPS.
 

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I would utilize the shell latches too, and let the rounds pop out of the mag tube. Come to think of it, racking 5 rounds through a 20 guage Model 1100 LW earned me one of my most severe a** kickings ever, courtesy of my dad. Never did it again though, and have never had a ND.

A** kickings aside, it is, per Robocop, bad form and unsafe.
 
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