For the finest in upland bird hunting, Polywad Mfg. offers the Spred-R shotshells.
These shells revolutionize shotgun pattern effectiveness by producing a quick, uniform opening of the pattern without adversely affecting pellet energy or downrange pellet count. These dispersion control loads can be used with any choke from full to skeet, and depending on the choke used, provide the shooter from 80% to 150% more pattern area than conventional shotshells fired through the same choke. These larger patterns solve the problem of close range shooting and increase hits. Spred-R loads deliver hard hits throughout the pattern by dispersing the surplus center pellets into a wider pattern with a strong fringe! This results in less wounding of birds and cleaner, quicker kills. Spred-R shells are fantastic for the smaller upland birds such as Grouse, Quail, Woodcock and Chukar. Spred-R shells come in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauges. All of our Spred-R shells will transform a tightly choked gun into being an upland hunter's favorite. Using an improved cylinder or tighter choke will produce an effective pattern out to 35 yards. With cylinder or skeet chokes, the maximum range for an effective pattern is 25 yards.
When the pellets of a conventional shell leave the muzzle, an elongated shotstring is created. The leading pellets are the center of the pattern and the trailing pellets are the outer circle. Since most of the pellets are in the center, the outer 1/3rd of the pattern is composed of sporadic and erratic pellets that are losing energy. This results in weak hitting pellets with huge holes in the outer 1/3rd of the pattern! Wounded birds are the result of these weak fringes.
When SPRED-R pellets leave the muzzle they are temporarily held to the post-disk wad. The shot does not string out as it does in a regular shell. Polywad's Dispersion Control Technology guides the leading pellets to the outer edge of the pattern, while trailing pellets stay in the center of the pattern. Hard hits are delivered throughout the pattern!
Polywad offers Spred-R components for handloading. The Spred-R insert is a plastic wad that resembles a thumbtack, with a round disk top and a post. It is loaded in the top of a shotshell after the shot is dropped, just prior to crimping. Handloaders may use the components (hull, wad, powder) that they normally load by reducing the shot charge by 1/8 Oz. and adding the Spred-R Insert. This little insert allows handloaders to achieve the same great patterns as our manufactured Spred-R shotshells. The Spred-R insert comes in 12, 16, and 20/28 gauge sizes. Polywad includes instructions and tested load data with each order of Spred-R inserts.
Our 12 Ga. 3-Hole version of the Spred-R Insert was created to “fill in” the center of patterns when using pure cylinder or slightly constricted “skeet” chokes. With small shot (8s or 9s), many handloaders prefer this version. There is no significant difference in overall pattern diameter compared to our Solid Disk 12 Ga. Insert.
Spred-R Shells & Inserts: by customer Ron Kowalsky of Limerick, ME October 2008
“I’ve bought your Spred-R loads in the 20 and 12 (gauge shells), and I’ve bought the round plastic disks with the post on them (Spred-R Inserts) that you use to reload your own. I wanted to tell you, those things work remarkable. I still have some of your shells that you manufacture, and when I shoot those it makes an expert out of a mediocre shooter. I’ve hit 7 pheasants in a row with those things without a miss out of a pretty tightly choked barrel, but using the polywads it makes it duck soup to hit those flushing birds. I just wanted to tell you how well your product works, even better on woodcock which are very close flushing birds.”
"This year I shot six straight grouse. I've never been able to do this before. I did it with those new SPRED-R's"
Nick Sisley, Outdoor Writer
"Boy do they open the pattern - yet it stays very even! More margin for error and less damage to the birds."
Craig Boddington, Petersen's Hunting
"Do they work? Absolutely."
Ross Seyfried, Guns and Ammo
"SPRED-R Shotshells are attracting a following among sporting clay shooters finding extra targets on their scoresheets, among wingshooters bringing home that extra bird in the bag, game taken cleanly but not mangled by too-tight shot swarms."
Randy Lawrence, Double Gun Journal
"Of all the loads tested (250 tests), only one put the same percentage of pellets in both the center circle and the outer ring. The load was the SPRED-R."
Marshall Williams, Shotgun Sports
"One that's impressed me lately is the SPRED-R. My pattern tests with a full choke gun revealed a total spread at 20 yards as large as that given by an ordinary load at 40 yards. Although there's less difference with open chokes, the patterns are still larger than with conventional shells"
Bob Brister, Field & Stream