Have you ever wanted to get one more round in your shotgun? On this episode of Tips & Tricks with Taylor Thorne, I’ll show you how.

Competitive shooters are always getting crafty with how to maximize our equipment. Shotgun “Ghost Feeds” will allow you to get one more round in most tube-fed semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns without a tube extension. And, as is often the case, these competition tricks and tips also work for hunters, self and home-defense scenarios, and fun at the range.

So, without further ado, let's load up our guns. As always, make sure your shotgun is on safe, and pointed in a safe direction.


Step 1: Load the magazine tube on your shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Load the magazine tube normally and rack a round into the chamber. Replace that round in the tube. Now it’s time for the trick.


Pull the bolt back and push the ejecting shell back into the chamber. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Carefully pull back the bolt about 3/4 of the way until the extractor lets go of the shell, being careful for the shell to not eject. Push the shell back into the chamber.


Step 3: Gently press down the sled, and place one round on top of it. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The sled lifter will likely be raised. Gently push it down with your finger and place a live round on top of it.


Step 4: Close the bolt on the round making sure it clears the round on top of the sled. You're now ready to rock! (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Release the bolt slowly, or pump the action into battery on the chambered round.

You now have an extra round sitting on top of the lifter. It’s that simple. It may take a few times to get a hang of it, but practice and you'll be able to ghost load like a pro.

Now, "Ghost Feeds" won’t work with all shotguns, and they can also cause malfunctions. Try it out and make sure your gun works properly. Breda, Benelli, and similar inertia driven semi-autos tend to do best. Gas systems like the Mossberg JM Pro can sometimes be finicky. Gauge doesn't matter.


This is one of a series of Shooting Tips & Tricks with me, Taylor Thorne. Stay tuned to Guns.com for many more articles and videos like this coming your way in the coming days.

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