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Rich219 26-Mar-11 - 12:14 AM ET
mx2005 26-Mar-11 - 12:45 AM ET
Quack Shot 26-Mar-11 - 01:02 AM ET
kraiza 26-Mar-11 - 07:10 AM ET
Unknown1 26-Mar-11 - 07:21 AM ET
jbmi 26-Mar-11 - 08:51 AM ET
WesleyB 26-Mar-11 - 09:02 AM ET
himark 26-Mar-11 - 10:07 AM ET
Didreckson 26-Mar-11 - 10:45 AM ET
Terry_Maiden 26-Mar-11 - 12:37 PM ET
BDodd 26-Mar-11 - 01:10 PM ET
AAtrap 26-Mar-11 - 05:46 PM ET
quartering 26-Mar-11 - 07:39 PM ET
TomB 26-Mar-11 - 08:32 PM ET
Didreckson 26-Mar-11 - 08:38 PM ET
Unknown1 26-Mar-11 - 08:55 PM ET
jdsfarms 26-Mar-11 - 09:05 PM ET
AEP 26-Mar-11 - 10:24 PM ET
Rich219 28-Mar-11 - 04:49 PM ET
Shooting Jack 28-Mar-11 - 06:19 PM ET
Didreckson 28-Mar-11 - 06:29 PM ET
wlc 28-Mar-11 - 06:33 PM ET
Didreckson 28-Mar-11 - 06:54 PM ET
quartering 28-Mar-11 - 06:58 PM ET
Shooting Sailor 29-Mar-11 - 02:02 AM ET
Unknown1 29-Mar-11 - 07:07 AM ET
GGPOST 29-Mar-11 - 10:54 AM ET


Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Rich219
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 12:14 AM ET
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What's your favorite DR wad?

Personally I really like the DRRF8 and the DRRT12 but was thinking of trying another style DR wad. Any difference between consistency of patterns with these and the DRXL1 or any other DR wad?

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: mx2005
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 12:45 AM ET
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Rich I have only used the DRRT-12 recently and love them for 1oz 8 shot 1210 fps load I use approx 16.6-16.8 grains of Titegroup and REM 209p and STS hull and they even make nice breaks on them hard Lowery targets, Using a MOD or IM choke on 16yards.

I use the REM TGT-12 Stitched wad for HC 1 oz 8 shot Nitro hull Rem 209p and Tightgroup 18.4-18.6 grs for a 1290 fps load and 7.5 shot for meat shoots and annies. They hit a little less then a nitro 27 1235 load and are manageable on recoil, and they are quick to the target and will smoke em way back .

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Quack Shot
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 01:02 AM ET
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Try the Versalite for 1 1/8 oz loads. Hard to beat. I use them in Remington Hulls for handicap.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: kraiza
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 07:10 AM ET
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DRRT12

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Unknown1
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 07:21 AM ET
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1 oz XL-1 (same ballistics, different design as WAASL-12)

MK

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: jbmi
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 08:51 AM ET
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XL 1 in any REm hull for 1 oz, (Claydot works great) DRRF8 in any Rem hull for 1 1/8 along with Greendot.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: WesleyB
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 09:02 AM ET
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Fig 8 wad... both 1oz and 1 1/8 oz

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: himark
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 10:07 AM ET
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The green remington replacement for 1oz loads 16 grains makes perfect loads for me. Im not sure of part # but will say they have another that they claim is for either 1 or 1 1/8 universal and it was crap with 1 oz.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Didreckson
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 10:45 AM ET
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Anyone use the XL1 neon green with a super efficient powder like E3 or 700X? I think they are great with Clays or GD, but without the extra volume of powder, just can't get a super crimp with in my case 700X. Just does not fill a STS or Nitro hull enough for me. Outside of adding filler, anyone have luck with these?

How about the DRRT-12 with those powders? I have a case that I got by accident for the XL1 and have not busted them out yet. Are these better with the small volume powders?

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Terry_Maiden
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 12:37 PM ET
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If the DRXL-1 wads are coming out a bit short then I would try the DRXXL Pink wad. You might have to compress it a bit for a 1 ounce load. Its perfect for a 7/8 ounce load. For a straight-wall hull the DRXXL Orange (same wad as the Pink except it has extra ridges around the over-powder cup) works great.

Terry M.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: BDodd
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 01:10 PM ET
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Didreckson: You no doubt are aware of these ideas but I'll say them just in case. This is where the adjustable bar shines. You want 1 oz loads and a perfect crimp with a fast burning powder, just adjust the shot to give you an extra 10 pellets or so. Also make sure you have a deep enough crimp; maybe a very small scosh of extra crimp will tighten things up. I must say, though, I used that wad for 1 oz loads and 700X with stellar results maybe 2 or 3 years ago but have settled on Clays since then......do, breakemall

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: AAtrap
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 05:46 PM ET
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Load the XL-1 in an STS hull with 16.5 gr. of 700X on a DL-366 all the time with no crimping problems.

Steve

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: quartering
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 07:39 PM ET
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drfo-12. not! dr calls their drfo a "direct replacement for: federal 12so." it ain't. the so is a 7/8 oz wad, the fo is a 1 oz wad. what's up with that? good luck with it

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: TomB
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 08:32 PM ET
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I bought a bag of DRA-12 wads and tried to load them in a gray AA with 1 1/8 shot and 17gr Promo...They caved in and left a hole in the crimp. Whats the difference between that wad and the DRRF8 orDRRT12 ??

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Didreckson
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 08:38 PM ET
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The 1 oz with XL1 and 700X was not the end of the world, but it was just a tad shorter and caused the crimp to be slightly concave. Everything was tight and tidy, but not factory looking perfect.

The 10 extra pellets is no doubt the way to go. No adjustable bar, but a drawer full of 1 oz bushings that I could polish out a bit. I considered the 1-1/16 bushing and put a dab of nail polish on it and then weigh things out until it was just right.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Unknown1
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 08:55 PM ET
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"I bought a bag of DRA-12 wads and tried to load them in a gray AA with 1 1/8 shot and 17gr Promo...They caved in and left a hole in the crimp. Whats the difference between that wad and the DRRF8 orDRRT12 ??"
The DRA-12 is a good 1/8" shorter than the RT-12 but the same height as the RF-8. Difference is all in the compression section; shot cups are the same size.

I have zero problems loading DRA-12s in AA HS hulls but I use a smooth cone crimp starter that gathers more plastic into the crimp to eliminate the hole. Insert the wad with no wad pressure; the petals should stop where the shoulder roll will be.

MK

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: jdsfarms
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 09:05 PM ET
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I like the xl1 lime green wad and the jammer xl1 but both can give crimps that are a little concave with 1oz shot and promo powder but I have never had any problems and both give excellent patterns,I think the jammer wad gives better patterns for sporting clays with open chokes and the xl1 lime green works better for trap with a tighter choke.Jerry

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: AEP
Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 - 10:24 PM ET
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I use the DRA 12 on the old Winchester red and light grey hulls and the new red and dark grey hulls. I've had no problems.

Andy P

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Rich219
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 04:49 PM ET
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What are you guys paying locally for DR XL1 wads by the case?

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Shooting Jack
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 06:19 PM ET
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First off let me say that I am not trying to sway anyone or change anyone from using DownRange wads. I do not use downrange wads and normally only use claybuster wads. Downrange cost more and I understand persons preference but what I would like to know is why you prefer Downrange? On average I save $12.00 a case in comparison but if you can tell me how and why they would improve my shotshells I would consider purchasing them. Jackie B.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Didreckson
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 06:29 PM ET
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Shooting Jack,

As with most things in life, it is personal preference. I have used CB wads and they work fine. I do believe DR wads to be a bit better on two fronts.

1) I rarely get a folded over petal with DR, get a lot with CB. 2) DR wads appears to be better plastic, and leave virtually no plastic buildup in my shooters. CB wads did leave a ton, especially in my Beretta combo. On the Infinity to be honest, only shot DR and never had any buildup, so perhaps not entirely fair comparison, but believe it to be accurate.

I was told CB was the first "clone" wad mfg and we owe them credit for holding the price down on replacement wads.

I believe last order was around 80.00 a case for DR wads when a few of us got together on a large order at the gun club. That was freight/tax and all.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: wlc
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 06:33 PM ET
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I use both and like them equally. I'll use whichever I get the best price on. The last case of DR has a lot of the petals curled in. The CB that I am using now don't have this issue. I realize the next order could be different.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Didreckson
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 06:54 PM ET
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Could be where the distributors store them and for how long? Heat in a warehouse might be the only difference?

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: quartering
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 06:58 PM ET
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i can't buy dr's locally, so i don't know dr 8 petal jammer wads are just as prone to folding over when reloading just as any other wad dr wads are clean. really clean. you'll be amazed. and to me, it's worth the few extra bucks for cleaner bores and tubes. good luck with it

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Shooting Sailor
Date: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 - 02:02 AM ET
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DR Econo Figure 8 wad, singles,doubles, & handicap in Remington hulls.

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: Unknown1
Date: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 - 07:07 AM ET
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What are you guys paying locally for DR XL1 wads by the case?... $77.00

MK

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Subject: Favorite DownRange Mfg. Wads?
From: GGPOST
Date: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 - 10:54 AM ET
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I do agree with Didreckson. I seem to have next to no plastic buildup with Downrange wads whereas the CB wads, expecially the 12S3 style, I get a lot. My biggest issue is I can not purchase Downrange locally (New England) and freight kills my reloads costs.

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