Cycling the rounds through the action to unload the rifle or pistol is never a good idea - this process can cause misfires or accidental slamfires if the rifle is not in good shape. Also, there is the tendency to inadvertantly pull a trigger midway through the process. The hinged floorplates are there for a reason - to open, so you can empty the magazine without cycling the rounds through the action. JMHO. Mikey.