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I know several guys use snap caps, as do I on many semi autos I own, as well as all of my O/U shotguns, but on my bolt actions I always keep pressure on the trigger while I slowly close the bolt. This releases the tension on the firing pin spring slowly instead of snapping the gun on an empty chamber or having to use a snap cap. Bill T.
 

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That's what I do.

When I'm walking back into camp during hunting season, I always make sure to clear my clear my chamber, then I lower the firing pin before entering the tent.
 

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billt said:
Do you ride the charging handle forward with pressure on the trigger?
Yes, that's exactly how I do it. You can pull the charging handle back and actually feel it come in contact with the hammer. Then just pull the trigger, you will hear a "click" and then slowly ease the charging handle down the rest of the way.

Now for extra credit, try de-cocking a 1911 with just one hand.... just kidding.
 

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billt said:
I know several guys use snap caps, as do I on many semi autos I own, as well as all of my O/U shotguns, but on my bolt actions I always keep pressure on the trigger while I slowly close the bolt. This releases the tension on the firing pin spring slowly instead of snapping the gun on an empty chamber or having to use a snap cap. Bill T.
I only use this method for decocking the rifle, I use my snap caps for practicing trigger control.
 
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