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 Post subject: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:30 am 
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I know this topic has been beat to death in the past, but I just recently got my hands on some of these shells. They are expensive, on par with 28 gauge and 410 bore shells. But I was interested in seeing if I could break clays with them.

I shot 5-stand with them in an O/U. At this particular 5 stand I use IC and LM chokes. I stayed with the same choke set up. I was amazed at a couple things.

One was the absence of recoil. These would be great shells (except for the cost) for training new shooters, or for youngsters. The difference between these and the Remington Nitro 27 shells I was using was much more than I expected.

Second, I was able to break all of the target presentations with these shells, and the breaks were surprisingly strong.

I then loaded singles in my Benelli Montefeltro Sport just to see what they would do. They definitely would not cycle. They would work the action part way, but would not eject the shell. I haven't had a chance to try them in a pump yet, but I doubt they cycle there, either.

But just for something to play around with, and maybe for backyard clays, they are rather fun to shoot.




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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:41 pm 
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I'm pretty sure that if they don't cycle in a pump, that's on you and not the shell.
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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:34 pm 
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I’ve had good results using Aguila Competition shells....

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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:05 pm 
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I shot some of them a local shoot for fun, though my O/U of course. They are basically a 1-¾" long 1200 FPS 5/8oz (18gm) load, so more a a "light" 28 equivalent than a full 28. Their main purpose is to give more shots to a fixed-magazine pump... Regardless, they still broke clays with authority, but I would not (meaning never) shoot them in a main event tournament.

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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:37 pm 
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5/8 oz. An eighth less than a 28 and an eighth more than a .410. As stated, good for stacking slugs in a HD pump gun or as a youth training round if a 12 gauge is all that's available.


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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:16 am 
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Stuck-N-Kali wrote:
I'm pretty sure that if they don't cycle in a pump, that's on you and not the shell.
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Nope. It's the gun. There are multi videos of people running these mini shells in pump guns and having issues with cycling them. They're just not designed to handle mini-shells.

I'll try and find a couple, but I'm not spending a lot of time looking.

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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:49 am 
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The one time I tried the Aguila minis it took me five minutes to clear the stacked up shells out of my Affinity 3. I don't need the capacity and I reload so I can make what I want as log as it cycles the gun.

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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:54 pm 
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They might make an interesting alternative for Cowboy Action Shooting in the SxS shotgun.

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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:27 pm 
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Look down the bore of your gun after you shoot one,,,,extremely dirty\fouled


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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:20 pm 
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Phxfa wrote:
Look down the bore of your gun after you shoot one,,,,extremely dirty\fouled

Very true!

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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:32 am 
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jml wrote:
I’ve had good results using Aguila Competition shells....


Agree, I like the Competition version and priced right from the Gander store near me.
I get the mini-shells for increasing capacity in a HD shotgun but they make no sense for target shooting, okay perhaps less recoil but also less shot and cost more than typical 1oz target loads..... no thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Aguila mini shells for Clays
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:45 am 
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Are Nitro 27s a handicap load ? They are 1 1/8oz, so that alone will make a BIG difference in recoil. I shoot 3/4oz loads in my 12ga guns all the time and recoil is very nice. Just get some CBer 3/4oz wads and load some up for yourself or for training reasons.



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