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Unread 07-21-2022, 06:17 AM   #1
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Default Simple Homemade Spreader Load

With the demise of the Polywad Spred-R inserts I have been thinking about and looking for way to continue making spreader loads especially for the 16 gauge which has far fewer options for wads. Scott Kittredge suggested putting a nitro card over the shot to see what it would do so I loaded a 3/4 ounce load with a .070 nitro card on top of the shot charge. The results in a 16 gauge Lefever with a full choke was a pattern that went from 79% at 40 yards in a 30" circle to a pattern of 39%. I got 40% with the Spred-R inserts at the same range so I consider this to be a success. Below is a picture of the results of a nitro card on top spreader load and below a side by side comparison of the same load in the same gun with no nitro card on top.
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Nice patterns Pete. I have been using the BPI X inserts for my 16 gauge spreaders with similar results.
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Austin, I use the X-Stream inserts too for 10 down through 20. With 20 you need to use a brush wad then set your X insert but they all work.
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A guy I know made up his own spreader inserts out of plastic drinking straw pieces.
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Brian,
I had heard about using a piece of plastic straw in the middle of the shot charge but haven't tried it. Have you seen any patterns from this guy or heard of any results?

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It would seem to me that with a bit of tedious work one could make spreader loads like our major ammunition manufacturers use to make.

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I tried the drinking straw spreader loads. I didn't like the results at all, and abandoned that method. Couldn't get the spread I needed with them.

I'm a big proponent of the X-post inserts. They give me the spread I want and are reliable from pattern to pattern. I became a believer in them when I gave the Fiocchi Interceptor one ounce spreader loads a try in my modified choked Perazzi, for sporting clays. I despise changing choke tubes and shoot a fixed choke MX8 with two .020" chokes. The X-post Interceptors are only used on very close and very unpredictable targets, like close, fast rabbits.

My testing of X-post spreaders has given me much confidence in them.
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I tried the drinking straw spreader loads. I didn't like the results at all, and abandoned that method. Couldn't get the spread I needed with them.

I'm a big proponent of the X-post inserts. They give me the spread I want and are reliable from pattern to pattern. I became a believer in them when I gave the Fiocchi Interceptor one ounce spreader loads a try in my modified choked Perazzi, for sporting clays. I despise changing choke tubes and shoot a fixed choke MX8 with two .020" chokes. The X-post Interceptors are only used on very close and very unpredictable targets, like close, fast rabbits.

My testing of X-post spreaders has given me much confidence in them.
I have used the x-post inserts and found the Spred-R inserts were easier to load. The results of an .70 nitro card on top appear to be doing a decent job of opening up a full choke. The tested range was 40 yards and that's not a target I would choose for a spreader load. I expect the .070 nitro card load will do much better at 25-30 yards over a full choke. I like the ease of how it loads and if you have a less than ideal crimp no shot is going to leak out. I thought perhaps some folks might be surprised how a simple over the shot card can affect the pattern so drastically.
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Spreader wads I have used with good effect, not home made

??how to turn right side up???
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Spreader wads I have used with good effect, not home made

??how to turn right side up???
Unfortunately both of those products are no longer available.
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