How to Load a Mossberg 500: A Step-by-Step Guide


If you’re looking for an easy guide on how to load a Mossberg 500, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process step-by-step. It’s important to know how to properly load your shotgun in case of an emergency. So, whether you’re a first-time gun owner or just need a refresher course, read on for instructions on how to load your Mossberg 500!

The Mossberg 500 is a pump-action shotgun, which means you can load it one shell at a time or use an extended magazine if required. You should always keep your shotgun loaded when hunting because loading while under pressure isn’t ideal. If an animal comes up close to where you’re standing and wants food from behind cover then having access to shells quickly could make all the difference! It’s also important for self-defense purposes as many states allow concealed carry of long guns without permits (in some cases).

How to Load a Mossberg 500: Easy Steps

Step One: Inserting the Magazine Tube into Your Shotgun The first step is to insert the magazine tube into your shotgun. You can do this by sliding it down from above, or up from below depending on which side you prefer. If you’re right-handed, then slide it down for easy access and vice versa if left handed!

You’ll notice that there’s a notch on both sides of the magazine tube when looking at where its top half meets bottom (or vice versa). This is so that even though we’ve only got one hand free during loading time – not too difficult because we have lots more ammo than most guns out there! It makes life easier as well since now we don’t need two hands just because our Mossberg 500 has a double-sided loading port.

As you slide the magazine tube into your shotgun, make sure that the notches line up with each other. This will ensure proper insertion and prevent any malfunctions.

Step Two: Loading Rounds into the Magazine Tube Now it’s time to load rounds into the magazine tube! For this step, you’ll need an empty hand (or free one if you’re left-handed). Simply hold a round in your hand and insert it into one of the holes at the top of the magazine tube. You can do this by using either your thumb or index finger – whichever is most comfortable for you.

Continue loading rounds into the magazine tube until it’s fully loaded. Make sure that you insert them tightly so that they don’t move around while you’re shooting.

Step Three: Closing the Action Now it’s time to close the action! This is the part where the rounds are actually loaded into the shotgun. To do this, hold your Mossberg 500 with your non-dominant hand and use your dominant hand to pull back on the charging handle. You’ll hear a click when it’s in place.

Now release the charging handle and let it go forward. This will chamber a round and prepare your shotgun for firing. Congratulations – you’ve now successfully loaded your Mossberg 500!

How many shells does a Mossberg 500 shotgun hold?

The Mossberg 500 shotgun holds five shells in the magazine tube. There is also an additional chamber that can hold one shell, for a total of six shots.

On the other hand, if you have the Mossberg 500 Cruiser or Persuader model, then it has a total capacity of seven rounds. The barrels of both models are cylinder-bored and measure 18.25 inches long.

If you own a Mossberg 500 Tactical Tri-Rail shotgun, this one can hold eight shells in its magazine tube and an additional chamber shell for a total of nine shots. It is perfect to use as your home defense weapon since it has enough firepower needed to defend yourself against intruders who may attack your family at night while you are all sleeping inside your house. The barrel measures 20 inches long and features three Picatinny rails that allow any optic accessory such as red sights or scopes.

If you have the Mossberg 500 Tactical Tri-Rail Persuader, it also has a capacity of nine rounds and a barrel length of 20 inches.

For those who own either the Mossberg 500 Slugster or Super Bantam Turkey Gun shotgun, these models can hold five shells in their magazine tube and one shell in its chamber for a total of six shots. These two guns also come with 24-inch barrels that are fully rifled to shoot slugs accurately within 100 yards as well as turkey chokes up to 70 yards when hunting turkeys during springtime. The Slugster is available only with black synthetic stocks while the Super Bantam is offered in three different finishes utilizing either Realtree APG HD, Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, or Muddy Girl Serenity finishes.

Can a Mossberg 500 shoot slugs?

Yes, a Mossberg 500 can shoot slugs. Slugs are heavier rounds that can be fired from shotguns. They are used for hunting large game and provide more power than birdshot or buckshot. To load a slug into your Mossberg 500, follow these steps:

  • Open the action of your shotgun by pulling the charging handle back
  • Insert the slug into the chamber and make sure it is seated properly
  • Close the action of your shotgun by pushing the charging handle forward
  • Aim at your target and pull the trigger to fire

If you are not familiar with how to use a shotgun, we recommend seeking professional training before attempting to use one on your own. Shooting slugs can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. For more information on how to use a slug, please visit the website of your local firearms dealer or hunting club. They should be able to provide you with all the information you need to safely and effectively shoot slugs from your Mossberg 500.

Can a Mossberg 500 use a magazine?

A Mossberg 500 can use a magazine, but it is not the default option. The gun comes with a five-round tube magazine, which is inserted into the receiver in front of the trigger guard. If you want to use a magazine, you will need to purchase an aftermarket adapter. There are several different adapters on the market, so make sure you select the right one for your gun.

If you’re using slugs or other heavy ammunition, be aware that the five-round tube might not be enough. In this case, you can buy an extended magazine that holds eight rounds. Alternatively, you can buy a side saddle attachment that holds six rounds. Whichever option you choose, make sure you practice with it before you rely on it in the field.

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