Wads, shouldn't they be open?

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  1. Farm4wildlife

    Farm4wildlife Elite Refuge Member

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    Shot a few clays clays in the field yesterday evening. I didn't feel like I was shooting as good as normal. Picked these up after, these were probably 75+ yards from where I was standing while shooting.

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    The smaller ones are 28 ga fiocchi, the larger are 20 ga herter's.

    I'm assuming this is going to affect the patterns. I haven't noticed this before while patterning a gun. The tabs on the wads are still in attached. I shot just a handful of my 12 ga sts reloads with figure 8 wads and they pulled apart as usual.

    Guess I'll shoot some at a pattern board when I get the chance, just looking for input.
     
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    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Won't affect patterns except to possibly (key word) delay its blossoming until a few feet further from the muzzle.
     
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    Maybe I was just looking for something to blame my poor shooting on.
     
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    I've seen that with early generation steel. Never lead.
     
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    It sure doesn't look like the orburation skirt was sealing properly or these were very soft loads ?
    I can't imagine a wad flying that far and performing correctly !
     
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    That's what I thought. Wads we're almost hitting the clay and going way past it. Had a good idea where I was hitting. And I sure wasn't far off.

    These were factory loads. Both guns were Berettas.

    Temps were in the 40's. Nothing extreme.
     
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    Was there NOT shot still in the wads ? Something is fishy , I know wads without slits will go farther than most but your wads stitching is still intact ?
    I would be suspect that a Tapered wad was used in a Straightwalled case ? But , who am I to question what a factory would do ? :scratch:l

    Maybe these weren't your wads ?
     
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    Told this before, but....

    As a youngster, Dad and I reloaded all our shells. My 20ga wads were not split. Don't know why, but I had to hand split them.

    One day, a snipe went out, and we both shot, Dad first. He missed. When I fired, the snipe blew up like a bomb hit it. About 35 yards. When we found it, it was split almost in two, like it was hit by a sword.

    Obviously, I missed splitting that wad.

    The only wads that should be un-split (IMO) are the Black Cloud style wads, because they have flared ends to slow the wad down after it leaves the barrel.
     
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    These were definitely my wads. I didn't see any shot still in the wads, but I find it hard to believe that a shot was can go that far with no lead in it. Seems like a wiffel ball to me.
     
  10. derbyacresbob

    derbyacresbob Senior Refuge Member

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    The Federal FLITECONTROL wads don't have any petals and they will travel 40 to 60 yards or more it they don't hit the pattern board.
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