Over the last few months, I have seen comments on shooting forums where some shooters really dislike the Savage 3-position safety, and even go so far as to say they wouldn't have such a rifle. I find this perplexing.
For those that don't know this safety, the three positions are -- 1. safe-- won't fire, locks action; 2. safe-- won't fire, action can be opened and closed; 3. fire.
The reason I think this safety is good has to do with instances where a shooter has to work a live round through a rifle in the workshop or house.
I was just reading one of the reloading manuals yesterday. It was an older Hornady manual. The manual suggests jacking one of the reloaded rounds through the rifle to be sure the action will cycle with that round.
No one ever likes to put a loaded round in a rifle in the house. On those rare occasions when this occurs, wouldn't the Savage three-position safety be a GOOD thing? Just set the safety on position 2, as described above.
Are there any drawbacks to a 3-position safety?