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 Post subject: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:33 pm 
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I received via the internet my RIO shotshells today. They are the targe load 12 bore, 1 1/8 oz (32g) 3 dram loads. Cost for a flat is $52.10 including shipping from Natchez shooting supply out of Tennessee.

The hulls are solid blue marked with the information regarding the shell type. The brass is somewhat between a low brass and high brass and it is real brass, not cheapo aluminum.

I went out today with my best mate to shoot clays in a very informal setting using a hand thrower at a trap range. We did not measure distance or anything official, this was a day of shooting to evaluate the shells and their cleanliness.

Prior to shooting, I went over the Nova stem to stern, making sure all was clean, especially the bore.

The results were impressive in my opinion. The shells go off with a loud report I would liken it to a Winchester hi-brass super X. When I was on, the clays were dusted with authority. We examined the empty hulls for unburned powder and/or residue and the hulls were clean. I shot 100 rounds today and my mate shot apporximately 25 in his ruski Baikal. The Baikal digested these loads with no problems.

After shot smoke was virtually nil. Afterward, I looked down the barrel of the Nova and the naked eye detected no residue or wad fouling. I will clean the gun tonight with Hoppes and see how filthy the bore really is.

Bottom line, I am impressed with the Rio target load shell. It goes off consistently and burns as clean as my much missed S&B loads.

Granted, this is one product in a rather extensive line from RIO so I would be remiss to state that their whole line is spot on. Nevertheless, if this particular load is a representative of their products, I can say they do indeed make a fantastic shotshell, at least for target shooting.

These are made in Spain.



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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:58 pm 
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Cleaning was a snap. Just completed the task a short while ago.
The bore was dirty, but nothing like it was when I used smokechesters or Federals.

I give this brand of ammo a thumbs up! :P

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:28 pm 
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Thanks for posting... :D

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:00 pm 
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and it is real brass


I've shot two pickup loads of RIO's, and haven't seen one with a brass base yet, they were steel with brass flashing. Do you have the code number of the shell?

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:27 am 
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THere is no code number on the shell. It does say "Sporting 32" and the headstamp is 4 stars and 12 in a circle.

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:48 am 
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I normally shoot nothing but Rio's, probably shot close to 20K rounds this year alone. The Rio Star Team Silver shot, The Top Trap 1oz.(my favorites) Top Sporting and all others I have seen have not been brass, they were as Steve mentioned Brass Flashed. I purchased a couple of flats of the new Vinci shells that are made in the same factory as Rio, Kemen and others I am told. All good shotshells and fairly clean. Taken apart they all seem to be well manufactured with quality components. Of the lot the Rio's are my favorite because of price :D

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:42 pm 
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i'm going to have to test a flat for myself.

i checked out there website and i urge others to do so - very impressive.

ableammo has rio target loads for $4.19 per box which is CHEAPER than the estates!!!!!

my son and i watched a shooter at our club last weekend who is sponsored by rio - shooting trap from the hip and he only missed one bird - what a shot! adn he loves the rio shells.

bigshooter - i'm guessing you're an aussie. me too. ready to kick some pommy a$$ in the ashes this year!


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 Post subject: Re: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:13 pm 
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ffwildcat wrote:
i'm going to have to test a flat for myself.

i checked out there website and i urge others to do so - very impressive.

ableammo has rio target loads for $4.19 per box which is CHEAPER than the estates!!!!!

my son and i watched a shooter at our club last weekend who is sponsored by rio - shooting trap from the hip and he only missed one bird - what a shot! adn he loves the rio shells.

bigshooter - i'm guessing you're an aussie. me too. ready to kick some pommy a$$ in the ashes this year!


Watch the shipping on ableammo. I nearly pulled the trigger on a flat of Vinci shells, then I caught the shipping at $22/flat. that would have pushed the price over 70 dollars for unknown shells!

natchez shooting is where I secured my flat of Rio shells.

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:47 pm 
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thanks for the heads up mate. i don't like paying for all the ups and extras so i'll pick them up locally. i'm sure somebody in town has them. i normally shoot my reloads but i have my son shoot factory loads for tournaments - rio might be a good alternative to the estates he's been shooting. some aspiring marketing dude is going to figure out how to setup an exclusive deal to provide shells for junior and subjunior SCTP shooters and in the process secure a loyal group of buyers for many years to come. well, that's how i'd do it if i were king for a day.


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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:50 am 
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just a quick question how many rounds in a flat? 250 or 500


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 Post subject: Re: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:44 am 
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just a quick question how many rounds in a flat? 250 or 500


250

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:23 am 
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I would look for a local trap club and ask around about buying RIOs in bulk. Often some members will get together and buy a bulk order from a distributor. That's what my club does and we pay $32 a flat for RIOs, no tax, delivered to the club. Minumum order is two pallets (192 flats). The mailorder stuff is just too expensive. If I were to pay over $50 a flat, I would go to Bass Pro and buy Winchester or Remington target loads.

(Big Shooter - Flat = 10 boxes or 250 shells)


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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:02 am 
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Problem is me and my blokes don't have the $$$ to order shells by the pallet nor do we have sufficient storage.
Its a great idea nonethless.

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 3:07 pm 
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I've been shooting Rio 28 ga. 9s with good results. I am well satisfied, also have been shooting Armusa 16 ga. Vintagers with great results.


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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:05 pm 
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250 thats interesting we pay $65 Australian for a flat
Rio's are one of the cheapest (to buy) loads we can get we pay $66.50 for a flat of Kemen Extra's 1oz and $71 for the Supremas
winchester AA are now getting up to around $80 just to expensive even there cheaper line cost more than the premium Kemens


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 Post subject: Re: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:16 pm 
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hardnose wrote:

(Big Shooter - Flat = 10 boxes or 250 shells)


Uhhhhh I know that.

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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:40 am 
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Good reveiw, but you should be able to get those shells considerably cheaper if you look around. That RIO load sells for $36 (without tax) at my gunclub. If they were any higher, I'd buy the Gun clubs instead which run $42. Both are single flat prices; no bulk order required.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 11:49 am 
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ffwildcat wrote:

bigshooter - i'm guessing you're an aussie. me too. ready to kick some pommy a$$ in the ashes this year!


Bring it on !

Pommy? just what does this mean ? Most of us Brits think it means 'not of criminal descent'
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 Post subject: re: Rio shotshell review
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