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Rio 12 ga. shells - YOUR INPUT PLEASE?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by shannon391, Aug 31, 2009.

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  1. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    They hit targets hard with low recoil, I like them for warm weather shooting.
     
  2. dzeh

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    I've shot them. Not bad for the price. A little more felt recoil than a comparable Federal Target load in my opinion. There have been comments about their performance in cold weather. Had a couple misfires myself when it was in the low 40's. I'd buy them again. There are three kinds of target Rios I think...Star, Trap and Competition if my memory serves me. Which often lately it doesn't.
     
  3. phirel

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    They seem to work well for many shooters. The velocity printed on the box has been exaggerated on the few I have tested. That would explain the lower recoil that many experience with these shells. At lower temperatures, they do slow down a bunch.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. markdenis

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    I have shot about 20 flats of them this summer and all went off just fine. No off sounding shells and they will smoke targets. It is better than I can say for the new AA's my friend was shooting this weekend. We had a 100 bird race and he had 3 dudes with the 2 3/4 dram red AA's. (wad cleared the barrel but no chance of breaking the target) He broke 96 with 3 dudes...pretty unfortunate I would say.

    Mark Rounds
     
  5. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    i'd rather shoot top guns, remington gun clubs, estates, or win super targets (all are within a buck or two of one another, and within the rio's, so why bother w/ import junk?).
     
  6. markdenis

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    skeet man

    I'll tell you why I shoot the Rios. Granted, I have not disassembled and checked thousands of gun clubs or estates, but I have checked plenty of them. The gun clubs I checked had closer to an 1oz. of shot than 1 1/8oz. The estates had the worse looking shot I have ever seen. They had to be some kind of hand poured shot.
    All the Rios checked out right on 1 1/8oz. and the shot looked very good!

    Mark Rounds
     
  7. shannon391

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    They are actually made in the U.S. now, Tennessee I think.
     
  8. WoodsonEnt

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    I have heard also that they are being made in Tennessee. At least, that is their business address. If you have a Missouri Fall Handicap Program, turn to page 43. There is the Rio ad. Lists address:

    Rio Ammunition

    5892 Highway 230 W.

    McEwen, TN 37101

    Wasn't McEwen where they used to make the old Solo1000?

    Matt Woodson
     
  9. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    No problems with the Rio's. Many more problems with the Rem Gun Clubs, misfires, etc...
     
  10. wayneo

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    Rio is owned by UEE of Spain. They also own Kemen Ammunition, and I think the Rio's made here in the U.S. are made at the Kemen factory in Texas. We sell a lot of them at our club, no complaints that I know of. Wayne
     
  11. Hauser

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    Im on my second group of 40 flats. Good shells.


    Jerry Hauser
     
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    Shot my first flat at the Cardinal Classic. Compared to the big boys, they break just as hard with a little less recoil. I really liked them.
     
  13. Recoil Sissy

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    Big Mikey:

    Check your private messages.

    sissy
     
  14. Old Confederate

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    I bought a 100 flats of green top sporting and have shot 92 flats. I had one shell fail to fire and about 6 didn't eject like they should. I used the rim of a shell to hook the ones that didn't eject and thay poped out. I think they are a great shell. Larry
     
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    I tried them a few years back, the blue ones. They like to stick in my chamber for reasons unknown. Had to pull many out manually. Pain in the butt.

    Bob
     
  16. Quack Shot

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    A lot of shooters use them and don't seem to complain. They seem to break targets. Since observing numerous base wad migrations when firing factory loaded shells, I stopped using them. I never saw a basewad exiting the shell, but I shoot a gaspipe and don't want to take the chance. After contacting the manufacturer about the issue, they didn't seem too concerned about it. I also had many "off sounding" loads in colder weather. Chronographing some, they showed a marked drop in velocity in the affected shells. Even the normal sounding loads were quite a bit slower than they would have been at warmer temps. I used some that were kept at a warmer temperature for comparison. I haven't bought or fired any of the UEE manufactured ammunition since then. There are some shooters that swear by them and some that swear AT them. You may see a few of the former start the flame war.

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    Quackshot

    I think that is pretty common with any hull that has a separate base wad. I have checked many kinds of shells and they all do it including AA's.

    Mark
     
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    Mark

    I've never seen a AA hull with a migrated wad. I've loaded MANY thousands of them. Haven't seen a Fiocchi hull do it either. Do you have any examples to share, or is it just hearsay? These hulls are the ONLY hulls I have seen over the last ten years, that have had such an issue. Note the different "brands" of hulls. Rios, Kemen, Wolf, Mirage, etc. I found many examples without much trouble. I stopped looking, since I won't reload them.
     
  19. recurvyarcher

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    I sometimes shoot the blue ones, because they shoot like my reloads IN THE SUMMER. In cold weather, though, they are a whole different story, and I don't have the time or inclination to worry about keeping my shells warm.
     
  20. BunkerGuy

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    I tested the 24 gram Rio Top Trap a few times and found they patterned very well; a tremendous value for the money.

    I tested the high-end RIO Pro Team Professional and they were a RIO embarassment. Box said 7 1/2's, the poor quality shot measured 8 size. Patterns were pretty bad and the shell kicked like a mule, considering the velocity. Maybe my one case came from an Ooops! lot.

    Looks like RIO Top Traps are the way to go...

    - - Bill
     
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