Neither. Either way for each shot you are starting the motor from a stalled state,which is when it draws the highest current. At least with firing in semi auto the piston will come to rest in about the same place every time.
shooting single shots on auto is easier the slower your gun cyclesShooting single shots in full auto setting is a trick we used in "the old days", when we used low capacity ni-cd batteries. We did this to get more shots out of a full charge than shooting single shots in in semi-auto.