Has anyone used any Rio steel shot? I know it's cheaper than the Hevi-Metal that I'm currently shooting but I'm wondering about the performance.
I just looked them up, and seem to be about 16% cheaper than the same size Winchester Xpert.
May have to get a box and do some pattern testing.
I take it that they don't advertise and that's what keeps the price lower than others?
I've got a 26" barrel in my SX3. Yesterday I also patterned 3.5" #2, 1 9/16 oz Dryloks (the new black box) and they patterned pretty well. 85% in a 30" circle at 30 yards with factory modified choke. And surprisingly 3" #1, 1 1/4oz Xperts patterned between 85-90% (3 shots) in a 30" circle at 30 yards mod choke. 3" #2, 1 1/8oz Xperts had a pretty good percentage but the shot wasn't evenly dispersed. Last year I patterned the Black Cloud Snow Goose load and it seemed like they patterened pretty good to 40 yards with mod choke but i don't remember the percentages.
Wampus, do you shoot a SX3? If so what do you usually shoot? Any good or bad pattern that you know of? I just bought a case of Kent's because I found them cheap and my buddy shoots them through his SX3 and loves them.
Wampuscat, I shoot an SX3 with a 28 inch barrel also. I patterned a few loads and the HEVI-Metal 3" #2 performed the best with 138 pellets in a 24x24 inch board at 30 yards. Since the tungsten pellets are smaller there are more pellets in each shell so you end up with more pellets in the pattern.