RIO Ammo is a global leader in non-lead shotshell manufacturing, specializing in revolutionary new technology that not only helps the environment but delivers the best performance in waterfowl shotgun ammo. Our BlueSteel line of non-toxic shotgun ammo is the best duck and goose load for discerning waterfowl hunters. Powder and cartridge wads in all our non-toxic hunting loads, including the 100% biodegradable Pro Eco wad, are specifically designed for the challenges of steel shot, ensuring reliable performance and perfect patterning.
RIO Ammo's 12- and 20-gauge lead game loads are the best shotgun shell for hunting dove. The combination of the company's own high-quality proprietary components and a century's worth of ammunition manufacturing expertise makes RIO's lead shotshells lethal for a variety of game. Choose from 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 ounce and high-velocity payloads in a variety of shot sizes from 4 to 8.
Many hunters are making the switch. Smaller upland birds are easily harvested using sub-gauge shotguns in 28 gauge and .410 bore. If the distance is right, hunters are even taking turkey with these smaller gauges. RIO demands the highest quality shell construction and the sub-gauge line is no exception. Whether you shoot 28 or .410, in a broad line-up of shot sizes, payload weights, and velocities, you can be sure that RIO's manufacturing experience and attention to quality control puts more game in your bag.
Choosing the right ammo for upland bird hunting is dependent on many factors but no matter where you hunt or the bird you hunt—be it pheasant, quail, grouse, partridge, woodcock or chukar, one thing is certain—you have few opportunities to take a shot and you must have a reliable load. RIO Ammo offers the best shot sizes and loads for upland bird hunting in its Royal Pheasant line of heavy-hitting, longer-range copper-plated lead loads.
Turkey hunters know their first shot must count. If you want to walk out of the field a few pounds heavier, you need reliable ammo. RIO's Royal Turkey Buffered Copper load is designed to create the best pattern possible when given that one-shot-counts situation. This hard-hitting lead shot is enhanced with the copper plating, ensuring higher performance, better patterning, and retained velocities. The 12-gauge load is available in a 3-inch shell with 1-3/4-ounces of shot in 4, 5, and 6 shot sizes.
Buckshot and Slugs
Whether in the field chasing wild boar, waiting for that trophy whitetail, competing for a 3-Gun championship, or when lives are on the line, you can depend on RIO buckshot and slugs. An excellent choice for large game, predators, home defense, and competition, the sheer kinetic energy transfer of buckshot means one thing—confident knock-down power. RIO's 12-gauge and 20-gauge buckshot loads are offered in many pellet sizes, including low-recoil options and provide unmatched performance when you need it most. When it comes to shotgun slug choice, you must be able to count on the accurate delivery of energy on target every time. RIO's advanced line of slugs ensures you have the confidence needed to take on the toughest of challenges. RIO slugs are available in 12 and 20 gauge and include an expansive, Brenneke, armored, and low-recoil options.
Possessing hard-hitting payloads with superb downrange power and a softness superior to steel, RIO Bismuth game loads are the perfect option for waterfowlers seeking an alternative to steel. Bismuth is similar in density to lead, giving it excellent long-range power retention. Bismuth is the best choice for non-toxic shotgun shells.