Remington 780 pump shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by GaryE, May 29, 2010.

  1. GaryE

    GaryE New Member

    Hi, just recently purchased a Remington 780 which is the first pump type shotgun I've owned. What I want to do is have the magazine loaded with a
    few shells but not have one in the chamber. If I ever had to use this I want
    to be able to slide the action down and up thereby being in a position to
    shoot if necessary. I have an ideal that if I slide the action down I can load
    a few shells but what happens when the slide is push back forward. Is a shell
    in the chamber? Can you load the magazine without having to bring the action
    to the rear? I'm thinking maybe I can load this by just pushing shells into
    the magazine thereby not having one in the chamber and not having the
    hammer spring in a cocked position. The gun is for home defense and will sit
    more than being used for anything else. I've had many guns over my lifetime
    but am just now getting back into purchasing them again. I'm sure what I
    had thirty five years ago is probably changed a bit these days.
  2. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member


    Why not just leave the bolt in the open position.

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    First off, I am presuming you mean a Remington 870 not 780.

    What you are referring to is called "Cruiser Ready". You want a loaded magazine tube, an unloaded chamber and the ability to quickly and easily "rack" the action to fire.

    First understand that you must have the action completely closed to load the magazine. If the hammer is cocked, the bolt will be locked forward and the slide release lever must be used to rack the action. The hammer must be in the fired (uncocked) position to rack the action w/o using the slide release. To get into the proper condition follow these easy steps.

    Ensure the gun is completely UNLOADED. Close the action, put the safety on FIRE, point the muzzle in a safe direction and pull the trigger. DO NOT rack the action. Leave the safety in the FIRE position.

    Hold the slide forward (in the closed position) and load the desired number of shells in the magazine tube.

    When you need to shoot, simply rack the action back and forth to load and fire.
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

    You don't have to have the hammer cocked to load the magazine, at least on any of mine. You do on an 1100; a feature of that design. You can close the action on an empty chamber, and then pull the trigger, but if you do remember the fore end is then free to move also, and if it comes back any then you can't load anything in the magazine. If I tried this with mine I would have to be super careful or the fore end would fall back of it's own accord. I would just leave the hammer cocked on an empty chamber if I was you. When the fore end is pulled to the rear it is going to cock it anyway, and it doesn't take me any longer to hit the slide release than it would the safety.
    I leave my fully ready to go. I keep reading about these people getting shot with empty guns:eek:, so I want to make sure that doesn't happen.
  5. GaryE

    GaryE New Member


    Hi, just want to thank you guys for the information. I had a hunch concerning
    this but wanted to make sure by asking these questions. Thanks! Gary