Rio Blue Steel Thoughts?

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  1. goosebuster13

    goosebuster13 Refuge Member

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    Looking for thoughts on the Rio Blue steel? having seen a picture of the wad it looks similar to a black cloud or browning bxd with the rear flaps but unlike the black cloud or browning it has wad petals instead of just slits. I have never been a fan of the black cloud wad or browning type because it seems to cause the wad to tumble leading to asymmetric patterns or "slinging" of shot as some have said. Has anyone patterned blue steel and found this not to be the case or better patterns than black cloud or browning bxd? any thoughts are appreciated!
     
  2. H20DAD

    H20DAD Elite Refuge Member

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    I have not patterned it on paper but I got a couple boxes cheap at dicks sporting goods a few years ago. I was impressed with how well I did on birds shooting it. Very few misses and no cripples that I recall. I'd buy it again if the price was right.
     
  3. Rangerbob

    Rangerbob Senior Refuge Member

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    I switched over from Rem Nitros to Rios last season. While I never did any formal patterning I did use it exclusively in both 20 & 12ga on ducks & geese. I was more than pleased with the way these shells killed. There were 0 problems and they seemed clean burning
     
  4. Sunklands

    Sunklands Senior Refuge Member

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    By chance what choke were you shooting and what size shot?
     
  5. Rangerbob

    Rangerbob Senior Refuge Member

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    For ducks I shoot 3's out of IC, both 20&12.
    Geese, 2's or BB's, light mod.
     
  6. SB2MAG

    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    My Super Nova shoots Rio blue steel 3.5" 1 3/8 oz BBs very well with a Benelli IM choke.

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    And 3.5" 1 3/8oz 2s

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    Plus 2 3/4" 1 1/8oz 6s for doves and teal.
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    BTW blue steel 3.5" 1 3/8oz patterns very good at 50 yards.

    Rio lead 4s pattern well too.

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  7. Sunklands

    Sunklands Senior Refuge Member

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    How much is a case and where are you getting them from?
     
  8. 10GAGENUT

    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    RIO/Maxam may have changed the wad type however as far as I know they used the B&P steel wads just like Kent/Gamebore does, which is a standard 4 slit steel shot wad.
    http://www.baschieri-pellagri.com/en/borre/borre/steel/1/index.aspx
     
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  9. Rangerbob

    Rangerbob Senior Refuge Member

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    I go to ammoseek.com and seach for the best price on all brands. Ables always seems to have the best price on Rios. Last I checked Rios 3"
    1 1/4oz was going for about $11bx
     
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  10. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Used both #2 and #4 Rio 1 1/4 oz 3" shells last two seasons with good success on flak-jacketed aythya collaris out to 35 yds. Everything is cleaner than the Federal blues, but I still use those in my pumps. With Rio, I was using both factory IC and MOD. Great prices on both!
     

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