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Fastest way to load a 20-gauge Mossberg 500

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by FourTeeFive, Sep 23, 2006.

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  1. FourTeeFive

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    I've been looking for speedloader tubes or something else to make this a quick to load shotgun. Doesn't seem to be much available in the 20-gauge market. Any ideas?
     
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    Practice. Practice. Practice.

    When in the field or at the range you probably don't want to be fumbling with additional tools like speedloaders. They work well with tube fed .22's that hold 10 to 15 rounds, but a SG that only holds 2 to 8 rounds will not benefit much IMO.

    Get a feel for loading it so that you can do it without looking. One of the best features of tube fed SG's is that they can be topped off without dropping a magazine, pulling a tube/follower like the tube fed .22s, or having to open the bolt.

    If you plan to use it for hunting fowl, check your state regs. Most allow one in the chamber and only two in the mag so loading is quick anyway.

    If the SG is going to be used for more serious work (SD, SHTF, TEOTWAWKI) you'll be better served with software than hardware. Speed loaders break, get lost, and/or can be combersome to carry. Stopping to reload your speedloaders then feed the SG takes more time than going from the pouch/pocket/box/side saddle to the magazine.

    HTH,

    Chris
     
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    If you're thinking of speedloader tubes like those used for tube-magazine .22 rifles, I don't see how that would work on a Mossberg 500. I'm looking at mine right now, and the front end of the magazine tube is threaded for the takedown screw that holds the barrel on. For starters, you'd have to remove the takedown screw and pull the barrel off to get at the end of the tube. Not very speedy. And that end of the tube isn't wide open; it's tapped for the takedown screw, so the rounds couldn't go in that way anyway. No, I don't think it would work.

    Rupestris is right. The fastest way to get those rounds in is to stuff them into the magazine tube from the loading port, one at a time, "the old-fashioned way."
     
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    toivo,they do make speedloaders for pumps.

    I"ve seen them on tv on the shooting shows.They poke em into the loading chute and ram them in with the 'ramrod' built into the loader.
    sorry,can't explain it better than that,but they can top off or full load an 8 or 9 shooter in about a second with one.
    do not know if they've come up with them for 20 guage though.
    does Jerry Miculek have a website,he may show them on there.
     
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    I didn't know that. So you're loading from the back of the tube, as normal, but jamming all the rounds in at once from a tube? I can sort of picture that. But not from the front, like a .22 speedloader.
     
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    For defensive use

    Sorry, I should have been more clear. I am interested in this for defensive applications, since in many states you cannot carry a loaded shotgun in a vehicle.

    The TEC Loader is what I was referring to, although I don't think they make them in 20-gauge versions.
     
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    Tec Loaders are not available for a 20ga. shotgun, but a gunsmith could probably gin something together. I don't know that I'd trust it for a fighting gun.

    There are two basic methods for quickly loading a tube-fed shotgun - strong-hand and weak-hand (referring to which hand puts the shell in the tube,) with many variations of each. Rather than go into a lot of detail here, I'll direct you to Pat Kelly's article on shotgun reloading: http://www.multigun.com/articles/spedload.html

    I load using a variation of the Rhodes "High and Tight" method.

    - Chris
     
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    Great info; thanks!
     
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