About Shotgun Magazines
When it comes to essential components, magazines are easily ranked among the most critical, and having the right magazine for your shotgun is incredibly important.
Whether for having fun on the range or for home defense, having a dependable magazine can make all the difference in the smooth operation of your shotgun.
Given the vast number of models, materials, and capacities in today's accessory market, Ammunition Depot is proud to offer a wide selection of high-quality Shotgun Mags from the manufacturers you trust.
Shop our online catalog to find the Shotgun Magazine you want at a price that won't break the bank.
Common Names for Shotgun Magazines
With the development of new ammunition, firearm models, and firearm manufacturers over the years, we have seen (and heard) many different name variations for their accompanying magazines. Some of the most common names include:
|• Shotgun Magazine||• Shotgun Mag||• Shotgun Drum|
|• Shotgun Tube||• Mag-Fed Shotgun|
Shotgun Magazine Features
Although each shotgun magazine or shotgun drum can differ in size, capacity, and material according to its designated model, the primary components will remain the same.
- The body
- The Spring
- The Baseplate
- The Follower
Compared to traditional models, magazine-fed shotguns tend to be much more effective when it comes to capacity limits.
While not all magazines are created equal regarding overall shell count, owners can expect to find shotgun magazines ranging in count from 5 - 15.
Similarly, shotgun drum capacities will also differ depending on the brand, shotgun model, and more. Still, owners can expect a shell count of at least 20.
Magazine-fed shotguns offer a new solution to the low-capacity, slow reloading issue usually associated with traditional shotgun models and enjoy the increased round capacity without needing an oversized mag tube.
Steel Shotgun Mags tend to be very durable and often have reliable tensile strength springs and precision machined feed lips to aid in feeding rounds. These mags also tend to have a polymer follower, which will help keep the magazine's spring from binding inside the body.
Polymer Shotgun Mags tend to be built exceptionally well and are extremely durable. Over the years, the advancements in polymer have led to numerous developments in magazines to include additional color options and replacing components like the baseplate.
Shotgun Magazine FAQ
What type of magazines do shotguns use?
Although every shotgun will differ according to its model and manufacturer, most will utilize detachable box-style magazines.
Like most rifle and pistol magazines, a shotgun mag can have a double-stack or single-stack configuration style ranging from 2 to 20 rounds.
Owners can even purchase shotgun drum magazines that offer a much higher shell capacity.
Are Shotgun Magazines interchangeable?
Generally, no. While some shotguns produced by the same manufacturer can have interchangeable parts and use the same magazine, most shotgun models cannot swap magazines interchangeably.
For this reason, the best practice is following the recommendations outlined throughout the owner's manual and only utilizing designed accessories.
Additionally, owners should be cautious of discount magazines from unfamiliar brands (generally made overseas). These shotgun mags and drums are sometimes made to different standards than brand-name mags.
Can you keep Shotgun Magazines loaded?
Generally, yes. Although it's a much-debated topic, many manufacturers state that leaving magazines fully loaded will not weaken their springs.
Most firearm experts agree that creating a steady rotation can help avoid compromising the springs and will prolong the life of your shotgun magazines.
Another helpful practice is underloading your shotgun mags by two or three shells. Doing so will help reduce spring compression for short-term storage.
How should you store Shotgun Magazines?
Most shotgun magazines are durable and rugged enough to be stored for short periods under reasonable conditions. However, if you plan on storing your magazines for an extended period of time, the best practice is to keep them unloaded to preserve spring compression.
For storage periods longer than a few months, you can stack polymer magazines in a sealed container without further preparation. All-metal magazines can corrode with time, so applying a thin layer of oil before storage can help prevent rust for decades.
What Shotguns can use a Magazine?
With most shotgun models being tube fed, thanks to their growing popularity, we're starting to see more magazine fed shotguns hit the market over recent years.
Popular magazine fed shotgun brands include models like the Mossberg 590M Series, the Iron Horse Sentry 12, the Rock Island Armory VR80, and the Standard Mfg. SKO Mini.
Can I purchase a Shotgun Magazine online in my state?
Nearly all local gun stores and even big box retailers will carry a variety of shotgun magazines. Additionally, nearly all online retailers will offer shotgun mags from several different manufacturers – More often than not, online retailers will even have a better selection. The key takeaway is understanding various jurisdictions based on your residence.
Some states have banned the online sale or home shipments of firearm accessories, so be sure to know your local and state laws before ordering your shotgun magazine online.