Lage Uniwads which are no longer made were in my opinion the best universal wad ever made. I shot them for years until they went out of business. The younger shooters on here probably never heard of them. I used them for all loads in all hulls from 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz
I have used Winchester AA, Remington figuire 8, Windjammer and Duster wads. I have patterned all of them. If you were to put all the pattern boards together you would not tell a difference. I buy Blue Dusters because there low priced.
Bob Dodd (Corrected later in this thread - it was Dan Thome, not Bob Dodd.) did get an interesting difference a recent pattern test but my results (above) , even when I did a comparison with "guaranteed" results, came to no difference at all, just as 90T predicts. I shoot "factory" wads, mostly, but when I don't, nothing seems to change, no matter what load, what powder, what primer, or what wad.
Lage Uni-wad I wished they still made them, I also used them and remember them well. Have been trying to get DOWNRANGE Mfgr a wad to the same dimensions as the Remington SP-12 wad, thay could shorten the legs on their Win AA-12 wad.
The early Winchester Yellow wads had shorter legs and worked well with bulky powders and also 1 1/4 oz loads. The SP-12 works well for me, but won't pay the $125 + cost for them, I wished they made a clone for the Fed 12S4 wad.
Unfortunately, there is no one answer. You simply have to find which wad works best for you based on what your particular shotgun likes, what components (hull, powder, primer) you use, and what distance you are shooting at. Everyone has their favorite, often based on ease of loading, price, etc and have never patterned to really know. But with modern wads, there often is little actual difference from one wad to another. So you pays your money, and takes your choice.
Sorry, Bob. I thought it was you who got different results with (as I remember) Uniwads and something else. Pellet counts and all. I can't find a trace now and wonder if I imagined it. You should be partially comforted by the fact that I only mentioned it because I thought you had done it, and so we should pay attention to it.
No offense taken, Neil but I did have to do some pondering about what sort of fib I might have postulated upon. Dan's a buddy too and I can imagine that he just might exceed my analosity to some teensy degree <;-)....Bob Dodd