By Nick Amselle
I recently tested Winchester’s new TrAAcker shotgun ammunition. The type I used was 12 gauge 2¾ inch 1 1/8-ounce 8 shot. It has a bright orange wad that contains some of the shot. This, along with the patented shape of the wad, causes the wad to follow along in the center of the shot pattern. It’s useful for training because it can help show where a mistake is made, and therefore helps a new shooter tell how to change his or her aim. Since the wad is weighted with the shot already in the shell, it is no heavier than regular loads.
The TrAAcker ammunition comes in two colors, orange for shooting in an overcast or dark environment, and black for shooting in a very bright or clear setting. The orange ones come in a bright orange shell so it can be easily identified as a tracker round. The tracker wad is actually a four-pointed blade shape, almost like the blades of a helicopter, with the weight at the center. This allows the wad to spin and stabilize in flight so that it can more effectively follow the center of the shot pattern.
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