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richg99 02-10-2020 07:14 PM

Newbie ...are "Tracer" shotgun shells available?
And, more importantly, do they work?

As a brand new shooter, seeing where my misses go is very important to me. Any thoughts or help appreciated. thanks

tnxdshooter 02-10-2020 07:23 PM

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richg99 02-10-2020 08:05 PM

Sorry, I should have specified 20 gauge. I checked that site and no 20 gauge shells are there. More importantly, do they work at all?

Flash 02-11-2020 06:40 AM

I realize you said 20 gauge, but as far as what you're looking for, I believe this is the only thing out there.

And secondly, I have a friend who bought a box of these. Mrs. Flash, me and him were out on the SC range and shot up the whole box. I believe between the three of us we actually saw the "tracks" or whatever you call them on maybe 5 or 6 shells. They didn't work well at all.

oneounceload 02-11-2020 06:41 AM

Not really. They can be so-so in their accuracy. What would be best is to find a good instructor who can school you in the basics of form and mount and have him/her watch you shoot.
MOST misses from new folks tend to be either behind from stopping the gun or above from peeking to see if they hit the target.

richg99 02-11-2020 06:57 AM

Stopping.....Looking up. Ha! Sounds like my golf game. Too bad

I guess I will forget about tracers.

The "puller" I had yesterday saw and told me where my missed were going. Can they actually SEE the shot in the air? My old eyes couldn't.

RKB 02-11-2020 05:06 PM

Most folks that tell you where you shot are looking at where the wad went, since it is usually easy to see - but that is useless as an indicator of where you shot. Wads go whatever direction the air resistance sends them.
A shooter standing directly behind you and looking over your shoulder and more-or-less down your barrel can sometimes see the shot cloud, it is usually just a gray 'flash' - but it can tell them where you shot. They can also see a stopped gun, a raised head, slowing the swing (aiming) and a plethora of other errors - and I can talk about them, I've done all of them countless times.:eek:

Conallin24 02-11-2020 07:30 PM

In Australia we have winchester AA tracker rounds. The shot is covered in phosphorus. When we shoot under lights its much easier to see. The only problem is they are much more expensive. As RKB and oneounceload said having a experienced shooter behind your gun is the best way to get advice. Unless you can afford one of the cameras I've seen people using that can record your shots. Costs $900 aud for me though so not on my shopping list just yet.
Have fun with the new hobby.

RKB 02-12-2020 06:41 PM

My #1 shooting buddy had one of the cameras, it worked extremely well - BUT - you had to compensate for the extra weight out there on the barrels.
Plus, as you said, they are not cheap, I believe he had $900USD in it. We used it for a couple years, it helped us both a lot with our sporting clays shooting. He sold it and with their price increase over the three years he had it, he got $750 for it, a pretty good return of income.
Ive seen the Win AA Trackers, pretty much a waste IMO.

richg99 02-12-2020 09:02 PM

I've owned a GoPro knockoff camera for 2 or 3 years. I didn't
spend much time getting it to work consistently.

I may haul it out and see if I can jury-rig a connector. It doesn't weigh much.

Just another thing to add to my "get to that someday" list.

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