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#6973843 - 11/27/17 10:46 AM RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case.
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Rodgers Sporting Goods Buy 2 cases get 10% instant Rebate final price $80.99 a case.

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#6973866 - 11/27/17 11:09 AM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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I have almost 2 cases of the 3" 1 1/4oz in #3 and #4 loads I would just about give away if someone comes and gets them. Just about the worst patterning load I have run across.
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#6973953 - 11/27/17 12:34 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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David, I'll trade you what's left of my box Fiocchi #4 for some of your RIO. roflmao

The Fiocchi kept jamming when I tried to eject the shells, and I just cleaned my gun. bang

But, that's what I get for just grabbing some cheap shells the night before hunting.
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#6974305 - 11/27/17 05:04 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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Let me gather them all up and I will PM you what I have. I tried them in 2 Browning's, a Franchi and 2 Benelli's with a variety of chokes and never found anything acceptable.
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#6975407 - 11/28/17 03:57 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: David Maas]
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Originally Posted By: David Maas
I have almost 2 cases of the 3" 1 1/4oz in #3 and #4 loads I would just about give away if someone comes and gets them. Just about the worst patterning load I have run across.


What weapon and choke are you running them through?
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#6975730 - 11/28/17 07:56 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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I run mine in a Browning Maxus and Winchester SX2 and a new SX 4. Chokes are Lohman Marsh Max and Kicks High Flyer Imp,Mod and Full. Never had a problem with the Patterns.

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#6975826 - 11/28/17 08:58 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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I don't know, SBEII, M2, Auto-5 Mag 12, SX2, Affinity, New A5, Citori Satin Hunter, with Carlson, Trulock, Mueller and Briley chokes.

I have the Telemetrics Target pattern program and when they won't hit 50% with any given choke, factory flush or aftermarket extended, it's time to put away.

You boys want to shoot em, knock your self out, but I am not wasting my time.

I realize that I could have a bad batch, but one case is #3s and one case is #4s. I posted on another forum when I brought this up, I walked in the garage and grabbed a random shell and cut it open, it was split 3 ways, 1 large half petal and 2 smaller 1/4 petals.

These I have are junk, plain and simple.
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#6975883 - 11/28/17 09:45 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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I liked Rio dove loads so I bought some steel #4s. Parts of tips were coming apart
I keep seeing stuff flying out after the wad. After picking up hulls they were in pieces. I won't buy any more. I still have the other 3 box's left on a shelf and that was 4 years ago. Sent pics to Rio and they did send me 6 boxs of #5 steel. Those seem ok but only use a few ea
year for teal.

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#6976072 - 11/29/17 07:22 AM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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Well this sucks to hear because I got a full case sitting ready to go. I guess this weekend I will see what happens on the paper.
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#6976254 - 11/29/17 09:30 AM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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Yea I have a case of 2s being delivered today.

Hope I have some ducks Saturday to shoot them at.
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#6976314 - 11/29/17 10:05 AM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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Here are the pictures and text I put up on another forum:

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I would like to think it would be a good round, but I have seen this too often. I walked in the garage and grabbed a round out of a random box, look at the wad, it is nothing like a Black Cloud or BXD or Blindside, it is also not properly slit either.

I tried these in #4s and #3s and patterns were either great or crappy, with no rhyme nor reason, started taking random shells apart and found this a half dozen times and just now with a newly dissected shell, what are the odds? Two cases of each size and multiple random boxes.

I would save my money on the Blue Steel and buy the Federal Ultra Shok




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#6976418 - 11/29/17 11:17 AM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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I've been a big fan of the Ultra Shok for a while. All I have been shootin at dux for the last 3-4 years. But, I finally had a problem with them. A week or so ago I ran into a bad box. 7 of the shells sounded like a baby rattler toy when I picked them up. On average the shells weighed .25 oz lighter than a "good" box.

The main reason I noticed is that I kept crippling birds instead of folding them. At the distance I was at and with the choke I was using it should have been all or nothing, although I could see how one or two might be hit on the edge. These were hit center but only a couple of pellets hitting. On the water cleaning them up I could see my pattern wan't very full.

Seems like it was a fluke though and the rest of the case is fine. Had no problems last weekend.
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#6981271 - 12/03/17 04:56 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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David Mass. I ran Rio Bluesteel #4 pellet 3 inch this weekend through a LM choke in a benelli. I was shooting clean up on the left side of the blind. All my ducks were flaring and all shots were 40 to 45 yards, all wood ducks. I was more than impressed with them. All but one bird fell stone dead this morning. It swam across the pond and died.

We did a pattern test, not like your program, and found no problems. I am wondering if you got a bad run of shells?
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#6981857 - 12/04/17 08:03 AM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: outfitter1]
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That is what I suspected, but I have a case of #3s and a case of #4s, so it makes me wonder exactly what the problem is, when it began and when or if it was corrected.
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#6982616 - 12/04/17 04:24 PM Re: RIO Blue Steel $80.99 Case. [Re: David Maas]
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Originally Posted By: David Maas
That is what I suspected, but I have a case of #3s and a case of #4s, so it makes me wonder exactly what the problem is, when it began and when or if it was corrected.


I wonder if you can send your data to Rio and tell them the problem. They might make it worth your telephone call. If I had a bad product out there, I'd like to know about it and most of all make that client happy.


Edited by wal1809 (12/04/17 04:25 PM)
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