Ask a CO: Are detachable magazines allowed when shotgun hunting?

by Editorial Staff | January 14, 2021
a shotgun with a detachable magazine

Q: I recently purchased a Remington 870 DM (detachable magazine) 12-gauge shotgun. For hunting, I will use three-shell magazines. The design of this gun makes it impossible to attach a full three-shell magazine if there is a shell in the chamber, therefore it is limited to a total capacity of only three shells. Should I have high confidence that MNRF COs will be familiar with this, and not cause me potential grief?

Rick W, Cobourg


Design key

A: As long as the design of the shotgun prevents loading a full three-shot magazine into the gun while there is a shell in the chamber, it would be legal to hunt with it, when being used with the three-shot magazine. If you could get one shell in the chamber and still attach a fully loaded three-shot magazine, then it would not be legal for hunting.

a firearm with a detachable magazine

Use of the six-shot magazine (available for this model of shotgun) would not be legal for hunting. Save it for the range.

David Critchlow
(Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)

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Originally published in the Jan.-Feb. 2020 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.

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Comments

  1. Ken wrote: Would this incorporate all types of hunting or just migratory birds. I hear a lot of different opinions on that one even when discussing center fire hunting rifles (308, 243 etc).