Winchester’s new shotgun tracer ammunition is high-tech all the way, and I can’t wait to test it out in the field during the dove season to discover why I miss long passing and high overhead shots. In the meantime, it’s just the stuff to refine your shooting on the trap, skeet and sporting clays courses or to offer some invaluable coaching to a new shooter.
The secret to making the TrAAcker shell work is in the wad. The center core area of the wad captures 0.125-ounce of the shot charge, so a 1.125-ounce shot load actually performs like a 1-ounce load. This feature, together with four helical notched petals that spin, stabilize the wad, insuring the wad tracks the center of the pattern. It’s a remarkable example of ingenious engineering. I can’t imagine the amount of experimentation, testing and expense that went into the final design of the new wad.
TrAAcker ammunition does what Winchester says it will. It tracks the center of the pattern and is highly visible to the shooter. On clays, it actually looked to me as if the wad itself was breaking the target. That’s how precise the pattern tracking is.
The wads themselves come in two colors. There’s a black wad for shooting against a clear sky and a bright orange wad for use against dark backgrounds or overcast days. Being an “AA” quality shell, TrAAcker is loaded with hard, 6 percent-antimony shot, which delivers superior patterns. Available at this time in 2.75-inch 12-gauge with 1.125 ounces of No. 7.5 shot at 1,250 fps and 1.125 ounces of No. 8 at 1,145 fps, TrAAcker is being marketed to sell for $1 a box over the price of standard AA loads. Stay tuned for TrAAcker loads for the smaller gauges.
By Mike Cumpston
600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024