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    New Beretta 1301 and I need help understanding the loading options

    Hi

    Just received my 1301 yesterday. I read the manual and I understand that I need to chamber a round before I can load the tube.
    I wish to store my shotgun "safely, ie nothing in the chamber, uncocked" but with shells preloaded in the tube. Then when needed
    I wish to start firing without manually putting one in the chamber first.

    Can I achieve this and what would be the procedure?

    Regards
    Alwyn Kruger

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    Beretta 1301 Tactical

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynbal View Post
    Hi

    Just received my 1301 yesterday. I read the manual and I understand that I need to chamber a round before I can load the tube.
    I wish to store my shotgun "safely, ie nothing in the chamber, uncocked" but with shells preloaded in the tube. Then when needed
    I wish to start firing without manually putting one in the chamber first.

    Can I achieve this and what would be the procedure?

    Regards
    Alwyn Kruger
    I’m not quite sure what you mean by, “start firing without manually putting one in the chamber first,” but I’d recommend the following procedure for the 1301:

    With the bolt closed on an empty chamber, load the magazine tube to capacity. Then, push the carrier catch plunger (the little silver tab in front of the trigger housing) rearward. This will move one round from the mag tube to the lifter. From that condition, if you wanted to place the gun into action, all you would need to do is to pull the charging handle to chamber that shell “floating” on the lifter.

    I prefer to have the trigger safety on “safe” throughout all of the above.

    I’d also suggest you use dummy cartridges to get comfortable and familiar with the action,vs. going straight to live ammo.
    Last edited by Dave J; 05-03-2019 at 10:27 AM.

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    Rather than wade through 321 pages, for those running RDS what distances are you zeroing the RDS ? 25 yards ? 50 yards ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCM View Post
    Rather than wade through 321 pages, for those running RDS what distances are you zeroing the RDS ? 25 yards ? 50 yards ?
    I did mine at 25 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCM View Post
    Rather than wade through 321 pages, for those running RDS what distances are you zeroing the RDS ? 25 yards ? 50 yards ?
    I zero my shotguns and PCC carbines at 25, which puts them slightly high at 50, and on again around 75 (assuming some dot/barrel offset).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GJM View Post
    I zero my shotguns and PCC carbines at 25, which puts them slightly high at 50, and on again around 75 (assuming some dot/barrel offset).
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynbal View Post
    Hi

    Just received my 1301 yesterday. I read the manual and I understand that I need to chamber a round before I can load the tube.
    That's not true. You can load the magazine to full capacity without putting a shell in the chamber.

    I wish to store my shotgun "safely, ie nothing in the chamber, uncocked" but with shells preloaded in the tube. Then when needed
    I wish to start firing without manually putting one in the chamber first.

    Can I achieve this and what would be the procedure?

    Regards
    Alwyn Kruger
    You don't want to store the gun with the hammer down on a semi-auto as that complicates the process of loading the gun. You use hammer down with a pump gun because that leaves the action unlocked so you can just run the pump and get the gun into action. Dropping the hammer on an empty chamber with a semi-auto does precisely the opposite: It locks the action.

    Let me walk you through how I set up my 1301 for home defense:

    1. Ensure the weapon is unloaded by physically and visually inspecting the chamber and magazine.

    2. One at a time, load six shells of your preferred buckshot into the magazine of the shotgun.

    3. Once all six shells have been loaded into the magazine, press the shell release button at the base of the lifter to drop a shell on the lifter.

    By using this process you have set the shotgun up with an empty chamber, but all you need to do to charge the weapon is run the bolt and it is ready to shoot.
    Last edited by TCinVA; 05-08-2019 at 10:05 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCM View Post
    Rather than wade through 321 pages, for those running RDS what distances are you zeroing the RDS ? 25 yards ? 50 yards ?
    Zero it for your primary application.

    I zero mine for my buckshot at 25 yards. I use slugs that give me the same POI as my buckshot loads (FFC buckshot and Federal's Tru-Ball slugs hit to the same point of impact in my guns) so I don't have to worry about it.

    If you find yourself facing a need to use slugs at greater distances, by all means set your optic up for that.

    I'm a big fan of having the gun set up for the most likely use case you are facing and then using practice and training to help you with those things that fall outside your expected envelope of using the gun.
    3/15/2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCM View Post
    Rather than wade through 321 pages, for those running RDS what distances are you zeroing the RDS ? 25 yards ? 50 yards ?
    I've done 25 yards with federal truball. It basically ends up giving the same point of impact with 8 pellet flight control. Since I really only is slugs in classes, having good, consistent aiming with buckshot is good.

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