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Has anyone tried the Winchester Tracker shells? Help

Discussion in 'Shotgun Discussion' started by WillametteWill, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. WillametteWill

    WillametteWill Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Okay, these seem like a good idea, being able to see where your main pattern is going while shooting at moving clays. Thought I would try some while taking my wife out to shoot trap. She has shot about eight rounds so far and sometimes I can tell where she is shooting, other times...not so much.

    I picked up two boxes (orange and black) of the lowest power I could find ( I normally load her shells with 1oz, less powder and very reasonable recoil. There are a quite a bit more stout but she really didn't complain...but she did notice the difference.

    Here was our problem, almost never saw the wad. Black or orange, didn't matter. A few times I caught a glimpse pretty far out. Is this just me? Anyone have any tricks or suggestions to pick these up better closer to the actual bird? We could see our normal wads quite easily but they are moving much slower so I expect this.

    Thanks for any thoughts or help. (good news is she shot better even without this help)
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    So you're trying to use these "tracker" shells because the wad is supposed to be (in its wildly yawing and random trajectory) more visible than others and it's not?
    I don't know what to say, save that it's obvious that nobody else does either.
    Perhaps use some light spreader loads and get on it quick and work on the fundamentals.
    Good luck.
     
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  3. WillametteWill

    WillametteWill Willamette Valley Active Member

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    The concept of the shells is that the wad captures some of the shot and has a special design to keep it flying straight so you can actually see where your pattern is going. The couple of times I was able to catch sight of the wad (which was traveling straight) it was too far downrange to tell.

    Spreader loads would be worse because you could be missing by a bunch and still get lucky an break a clay. The goal of using these was to work on fundamentals but unlike rifle and handgun, it's much harder for an inexperienced shotgun shooter to know where they miss.
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Ah, I see.
    Try screaming louder? lol
     
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  5. WillametteWill

    WillametteWill Willamette Valley Active Member

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    No worries, seems like a cool idea...if I could figure out how they work!
     
  6. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    My clay target shooting partner tried them and I also shot a few. Total scam and waste of money. You can spot the tracer if you really concentrate on seeing it, but if you are doing that, you will not be concentrating on the target and will miss anyway. If you are concentrating on the target, you will not see the tracer. Spend your hard earned money on more clay targets and shells to practice with.
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Have her try some of these.
    Very easy to track.


     
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  8. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    can not see a single see clay pigeon on any of those shots :s0145:
     
  9. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Uuugggghhh, I got nothin'! o_O



    :D
     
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  10. kenham

    kenham cowlitz Member

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    Stomper is correct, the trackers are best used by having someone stand behind the shooter and
    watch the trajectory of the shot.
     
  11. kenham

    kenham cowlitz Member

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    I should have said slychicken 37"
     
  12. scott_see

    scott_see White Salmon, WA Active Member

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    I got some but so far haven't been able to see anything. That seems to be a common complaint from all the reviews I've read. I'm going to have to ask someone if they can see it. Maybe it's just me.