Hammer dropped or hammer cocked?

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68strat
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Hammer dropped or hammer cocked?

Post by 68strat » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:03 pm

What is the best way to store my 870 for long periods?

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Re: Hammer dropped or hammer cocked?

Post by Vitaly » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:44 pm

I recommend storing it with hammer dropped. If you store your 870 with hammer cocked it may weaken the hammer spring.
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Re: Hammer dropped or hammer cocked?

Post by 68strat » Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:06 pm

Vitaly wrote:I recommend storing it with hammer dropped. If you store your 870 with hammer cocked it may weaken the hammer spring.
So there are no downsides to storing it with the hammer dropped?

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Re: Hammer dropped or hammer cocked?

Post by Synchronizor » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:44 pm

Well, the downside is that the action won't be locked, it can sag or fall open if the gun is stored upright or handled.

There should be no problem with keeping the hammer cocked. The hammer spring operates well within its elastic limit, so unless it's kept in a really hot environment, it'll be cycles that wear it out, not constant compression. I've kept my 870 cocked for years, and it's never caused any problems.

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Re: Hammer dropped or hammer cocked?

Post by DaveC » Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:24 pm

With the hammer cocked, you'll have to depress the disconnector to open the action to make sure it is unloaded or not... With the hammer down on an empty chamber, the slide can be partially opened to ensure the chamber is empty and so on. Either works. :idea:
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