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Through the years I have used Federal,Winchester and Remington in a variety of different shot and gauge configurations for a variety of different applications.Mostly with good results.It would be hard to go wrong with any of the major ammo manufactures.You just need to find the ammo your gun prefers for the job at hand.
 

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I use Winchester White Box for my 870, G19, G36, Colt Commander, & Kimber Tactical. My AR likes Federal. WWB & Federal have performed very well for me.
 

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Yep. I shoot the big 3 also. My 870 doesn`t seem to prefer one over the other.
 

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Nice boomstik. I`ll have to try some of those.
 

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To shoot a deer or to protect my family or myself, any brand will do.
But if its something important like shooting doves, gotta go with Remington Heavy Dove loads.
 

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Has anyone shot the Winchester Rackmaster slugs and if so, what is your opinion of them? I`m thinking of grabbing a box or 2 and running them through my rifled barrel and smoothbore barrel as they are supposed to be for both. Thanks for your input.
 

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I like the reloadability of Remington shotshells, yet, I also love the aroma of paper shotshells when they eject from my break open trap shotgun and only Federal still offers paper shotshells as far as I know.

As far as performance of factory loadings, if I miss a bird, it's probably not the ammo's fault.
 

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Which is better ammo in your opinion and why? Maybe there is no difference?
Depends on the caliber/gauge, the load and your particular firearm. If you're talking about promo loads, they are all over the board and there is no guarantee that the Ferdington Squirrelinators you bought on sale at WallyWorld last July will behave like the ones you bought on black Friday.

For example, for my older 12 gauge shotgun I prefer Remington STS and Federal Gold Medal Papers. They both have real brass heads which I feel cause less wear and tear on my old gun, the STS is good for a lot of reloads (I save my hulls) and the Federal Paper just smells great, adding another dimension (albeit sentimental) to my shooting experience.
For hunting with lead shot, Winchester Super X is just about all I use (with the CA mandate for steel shot, I'm now back at square one however :confused: )For my Scouts, who shoot new Beretta semi autos, we'll shoot Federals or Rios depending on what's available at the best price (and they both work very good in these autoloaders!)
For buck shot, I have no complaints with either Winchester Super X or Estates, but the range master at the Sheriff's Range swears that Federal Flite Control puts everything else to shame so that's all the Department will buy.
In the .22LR category, the pistol will shoot CCI-SVs and SK Standard+/Wolff Match and has conniption fits with anything else. The rifle, OTOH shoots high velocity best, any high velocity just as long as it's not Remington.
The bottom line---try as many as possible and make up your own mind.
 

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Has anyone shot the Winchester Rackmaster slugs and if so, what is your opinion of them? I`m thinking of grabbing a box or 2 and running them through my rifled barrel and smoothbore barrel as they are supposed to be for both. Thanks for your input.
That is the only way to know for sure. Let us know how they do, I'm curious about a slug that claims it works in both type barrels.
 

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I like the reloadability of Remington shotshells, yet, I also love the aroma of paper shotshells when they eject from my break open trap shotgun and only Federal still offers paper shotshells as far as I know.

As far as performance of factory loadings, if I miss a bird, it's probably not the ammo's fault.
IIRC Rio makes papers. I haven't seen them in person much less shot any so I cannot comment on their merits in the olfactory dept. Or maybe I'm confusing it with Sellier & Bellot. It's one of those euro companies, anyway.
 

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I think it's the wax that the paper is impregnated with that is responsible for that paper shell smell. It's not really so much a good smell as it is a smell that you remember from the days when paper shells were everywhere.
Smells are processed by the most primitive part of your brain and so smells have a way of imprinting on you, you never forget a smell.
 

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What is "Best" is a vague question. At the business end they're all going to launch a pattern.
Perhaps a better question is what is worse?
Whichever brand that won't feed or cycle your action.
Whichever brand that has crimps that let go in your pocket.
Whichever brand that uses wanky-sized primers (if you reload)
 

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Top tier ammo uses better components. That said, the real questions then becomes do those better components give you better results in YOUR gun? If the answer is a resounding yes, then buy the top tier stuff. If it is "maybe" or "not really", then buy whatever is cheaper that produces good results.
 

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For every purpose except HD, I have as much confidence in my reloads as I do in any factory shotshell. I can't remember the last bad reload that I had, other than two with defective primers, no control over that. I've had as many defective factory shells as I have had defective reloads for many years.
For HD, I don't want some DA trying to make a name for himself claiming I was loading 'mankiller ammo'. If it's a factory load, his case is out the window.
 

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cereal killer;
Remember shooting a shotgun is 95% mental, the physical componant is quite easy.
The best ammunition for you gun will be determined by 2 things.
1. Which load performs the best at the impact plate when you shoot it in your gun?
2, Which load do you have the most confidence in? (most important)
 

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Ammo Choice

It all boils down to personal preference. Here's what I use:
Trap - Federal Target 2.75", 1 1/8 oz. #8
Upland Birds - Remington Express Long Range 2.75" #6 or Game Loads 2.75" #6
Turkey - Federal Premium 3", 2 oz. #6
Waterfowl - Kent Fasteel 3" #4 for ducks and BB for geese
 
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