I bought ten flats of AAs that my dealer brought back from this year's Grand. I've had at least one blooper, and sometimes as many as 3 bloopers, in every box from these flats!! I've gone through five flats so far, and there are defective shells in all five flats. My barrel has a bunch of "junk" in it after I shoot one of these shells. I assume it is unburned powder. The defective shells will break the target, but there is a marked change in recoil and the sound the shells make. The defective shells also appear to be slower. Ammo companies used to make special runs of the ammo they sold at the Grand in hopes of securing wins with their ammo. It would appear Winchester didn't pay much attention to their shells this year. I really like AAs, but I worry about using them for competition in the future. I just plan on using up this defective ammo for practice this winter.
I've almost exclusively shot AAs for the past 4 years. I've never had any issues until this past summer. I had at least 20 "light" sounding shells - all from the Kim Rhode light 8 flats and from a specific lot #. I didn't have this problem with light 7.5s or superhandicap loads.
A friend that I shoot with had numerous soft loads at my state shoot (first part of June). He is an All American and kept shooting them even though they cost him some targets. He purchased them in May.
Just today my wife shot two of the boxes of AA's that was given away at Sparta this year for NRA renewal. Of the 50 shells there were, 3 or 4 that I noticed the sound was sometimes like you almost hear an echo come out of the barrel and was much lighter than normal. I watched two shot charges on one station that I would estimate at around 700-900 FPS, but the target did break but not with a lot of force. How the hell do some of these American companies keep going down in quality and still able to survive?
I have had the same problem with AA 2-3/4 light 8's starting in may . Shells were purchased at Sparta walmart. I turned in nearly 2 flats at the winchester bldg. during the grand. shells were replaced by ups delivery from winchester several weeks later. I spoke with Donnie Barton . He was very nice but had little explanation for the problem. many light shots and many occasions where i could see the shot clear the house by only 20-30 ft. Jack Reeves
Every ammo company has a problem once in a while. I've had problems with every brand that I've ever bought over the 40+ years of buying trap loads. To a company ... Remington, Winchester, Federal ... they all reacted to their problem properly and with speed.
I believe that how a company reacts to it's problems is the true cut of their jib. There all good ... but none are perfect. My good friend and former Federal representative always liked to say, "any of the shells are better than all the shooters." ... as long as they don't have a defect in their manufacture.