Originally Posted by 2952
Those with side saddle shell carriers should have the base of the shell going down so you pull down and slide into the magazine to reload instead of having to pull up and then move down to reload (extra movements and time).
Just my .02 cents
That is partially true. Some people choose to have a shell or two "up" because with pactice, if your gun is dry and you need a quick follow up shot, it can be faster to pull one up and go over the top of the receiver and slap it directly into the ejection port.