If I use a shotgun for home defense how long can a shell be left in the chamber without damaging either one? Any thoughts or recommendations about using a shotgun for HD are welcomed.
Foolish answer! The number of accidental discharges absolutely dwarfs the number of intentional ones in a residential scenario.Not having a shell in the chamber means you have to give away your presence and location by jacking in a round...unless you have a single shot...and no one can do that silently. A cocking shotgun doesn't scare bad guys; it gives them something to aim at and removes any element of surprise you might have had.
A weapon that's locked and loaded is more useful than one that's not. Rather, train the others in the house to keep hands off!
Sometimes a fraction of a second is too long. People have been killed in that length of time. Racking the slide on a pump gun to scare a burglar is a movie thang.In the case of a pump, it takes but a fraction of a second to chamber one before yanking the trigger.
My wife was with the FBI for twenty years and the consensus among agents was the sound that spooked the bad guys most was that of a pump shotgun being racked...
I have no idea whether a load of #9 shot at 20 feet would be lethal or not.So V10, A target load of say even #9 shot inside of 20 ft. would not be lethal? Granted I believe that 00 buck would be the best, but 6 inch plus deep wound in center of chest should do the trick. break em all. Jeff