oldandslow, If it makes you feel any better I carried my trusty old deer rifle for first 11 days of the season without a round in the chamber. Had 4 rounds in the mag, but I never pumped one into the chamber. On day 11, I decided to take a big doe right behind my house. When she stepped into the shooting lane/4 wheeler path at 30 yards, I squeezed the trigger.....nothing!!!!!!! Just sat there in disbelief as I watched the old doe trot off.