RIO holds a unique place in the shotgun shell manufacturing world in that we are one of the few companies that controls and manufactures all of the components used in a shotgun shell. The key benefit for shooters is a quality product at an affordable price. The Wing & Target was designed specifically for the recreational shotgunner that wants to spend time breaking clays with friends and family. Recognized as soft shooting, clean burning because of our single-based powder and consistent from box to box the Wing & Target is soon to become a weekend favorite.
RIO’s “Blue-Box” Target loads have been a staple for target shooters in the US for over 15 years now. The Target line family encompasses the needs of each specific discipline of target shooter with multiple shot sizes in 7.5, 8, 8.5 and 9 as well as specific payloads and velocities. If you are starting in Trap the favorite load is the 1 oz of 8 shot at 1,210 fps our TLT28. Handicap Trap shooters prefer the TT32 with a faster velocity of 1,250 fps and larger 1 1/8oz load in 7.5, 8 or 8.5. The Target line also has specific Skeet Loads in 9, several 24 Gram International Loads, Sporting Clays, as well as 3-Gun. All target shooters appreciate the quality of the powders produced by RIO for their cleanliness, burning consistency and lower pressures for the least amount of recoil and best patterns possible.
In 2019 RIO will introduce a new Target Load during next week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The new shotshells are ideal for beginners as they have a softer recoil and make it easier to improve accuracy shot after shot.
This is achieved thanks to two key innovations developed by RIO Ammo’s R&D team: the transparent hull to see what is inside the shotshell and the highly visible blue wad. Shooters can easily follow the trajectory of their shot and adjust accordingly to break more clays.
Sporting Clays and FITASC have become one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the country over the past 20 years, and it’s easy to see why. Each station is unique with multiple possible solutions. Which shot size to use, 7.5 to 9? Which speed of shell? Which payload size is needed? Which barrel choke to use for this distance? And, answers vary upon the person you ask. RIO has created a line to help answer some of these questions; generally, faster with the same or less recoil is good. Having a consistent velocity across shot sizes and payloads is also a good thing. The new Star Team Evo was developed to provide a range of higher-quality loads using magnum shot for best patterning, and special powder blends to deliver faster shot across all three payloads and shot sizes with less recoil. Most importantly, the velocity consistency from one payload or shot size to another allows a Sporting Clays shooter to choose the best load for a situation without compromising similar felt recoil or similar speed.
Shotgun sports have evolved in many unique and interesting ways over the past 100 years; from shooting glass balls thrown in the air to shooting mini-helicopters zipping at all directions at once. The need for specific shells for these new games has been a fun challenge for shotshell manufactures as we set our engineers out to solve the sometime impossible. With more than 100 years of shotshell experience, RIO has a wide range of loads and products that meet a specific type of need; or some that are just fun to bring back.
RIO Ammunition has expanded its Vintage 1896 Paper line to include the Paper Helice load making it the broadest range of paper hull shotshells on the market. Each shell is loaded with care and dedicated craftmanship, just like in the old times.
This new product responds to the growing demand of helice shooters, a discipline similar to bird hunting because of the randomness of the target flight.
The use of lead shot in target loads has been the most common shot choice due to its performance and cost, however there is a growing need for a non-lead target load for many wetland areas. RIO is one of the world’s leader’s in non-lead target loads with a full line of steel shot cartridges for those areas where lead is a concern. The Target Load BlueSteel in both 12 ga and 20 ga uses special wads and powders designed for the difference in steel shot verses traditional lead shot.