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Inventory of wads for steel shot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by joe kuhn, Mar 16, 2008.

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    Here's what we've seen so far. These are for 7/8 to 1-1/8 oz of steel. Sorry, no pictures yet. Only the first 7 are available commercially for reloading. They are all soft plastic with thicker petals than for lead - all made in Europe. The rest are American made with a harder plastic to protect your barrel but you cannot buy them.

    1. VP 50 - Vagner Plast from Denmark - 7/8 oz

    2. VP 60 - 1 oz

    3. VP 65 - 1-1/8 oz

    4. BP Steel 28 - Baschieri-Pellagri from Italy - 7/8 oz

    5. BP Steel 32 - 1 oz

    6. BP 1-1/8 oz

    7. Gualandi Super G Magnum from Italy - 1 oz

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    8. STS 1 oz - used in old STS hulls and newer black hulls

    9. STS 1-1/8 oz

    10. AA - yellow wad with posts on an angle. No longer loaded by Winchester

    11. Winchester Xpert 3 piece - plastic, fiber, plastic

    12. Federal - red wad with fiber insert inside shot cup

    13. 2 piece - unknown shell - will try to find source

    14. SAM1 - 1-1/8 - don't know much about this one.

    The best place to start looking is to get the "Status of Steel" book from Ballistic Products.

    Gualandi has others we've never explored. Look under Hunting Wads: http://www.gualandi.it/index2.htm

    We ordered our second set of 36 cases from Vagner in Denmark. Price is up from 2.0 to 2.3 cents per wad. The price of wads themselves went up and the shipping did too. Luckily we have a great shipping contact through a lawyer in our club.

    Generally, wads for steel have thicker shot petals or the plastic is a harder type.
     
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    The SAM 1 wad is sold as a hunting wad and costs a nickel a piece, so it's really not much of an option for trap.
     
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    Vagnar Plast VP60 - 1 oz. We just ordered 36 cases of these for the second year in a row. Nice deep powder cup. Shot cup has slits on an angle - made by the die. Work great in tapered hull even though they are designed for a straight wall. OD at powder cup is less than in the next 3 wads to the right.

    B&P 7/8 oz.

    B&P 1 oz

    Gualandi 1 oz - We have ordered these from the mfr in Italy. Very complicated wad with stitched slits, two gas rings and vents in the shot cup for a parachute effect. Very tight in an STS tapered hull. Work fine in a straight wall.

    STS 1 oz - I wish we could buy these. This might be a good wad to duplicate cheaply. Simple. Made of harder plastic than those to the left. Needs a a very bulky powder like 4756 or Herco so the crimps don't dish.

    STS 1-1/8 oz

    SAM1 - 1-1/8 oz. Expensive hunting wad.
     
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    Was looking thru our data on the first and fourth wads (from left) and noticed the one on the left develops more speed with the same powder charge. 1323 fps for the VP60 versus 1279 fps for the Gualandi. Must be that deep powder cup. There's less variation as well - SD of 10 versus 22. Only slightly more pressure - 11,300 versus 11,120.
     
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