RIO Ammunition Expands Shotshell Line at SHOT Show

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RIO Ammunition at SHOT Show: the company strengthens its product portfolio with the introduction of four new shotshell lines

  • The new cartridges feature important innovations such as a spreader that improves dispersion by up to 25% and a special buffered cartridge which increases on-target shots by close to 10%.

Dallas (Texas), January 17th – ( – RIO Ammunition continues to expand its product portfolio to meet the different needs of a wide range of demanding US shooters. The company, headquartered in the US in Dallas (Texas), will introduce four new product lines during SHOT Show 2018 featuring important innovations that will improve the performance of both target and game shooters.

Rio Ammunition Royal Pheasant 12 Gauge

The new Royal Pheasant range has copper-plated lead pellets and will be available in a wide range of gauges (12, 20 and 28 as well as magnum gauges 12 and 20). The copper plated shot increase pattern performance and improves results in the field.

Rio Ammunition Shooting Rabbit Spreader

The Spreader line boosts a cutting-edge wad specifically designed by RIO which improves dispersion by 25% compared to other spreader wads. This combined with a high velocity of 1,350 fps makes these shotshells ideally suited for rabbit targets and close distance clays.

Rio Ammunition Royal Turkey Copper Plated

Anticipating the coming spring turkey season, the company is also launching a new line of turkey loads starting with a magnum 12 gauge 3” 1-3/4 oz and 3 ½” containing a full 2 oz of shot. This product features a special buffer defined by the company for its mechanical and granularity properties which considerably improves performance compared to non-buffered shotshells. During tests performed by RIO, the shots on target at 40 yards increased up to 10%. In addition, the pellets are copper-plated providing greater structural integrity of the shot, increasing energy downrange and stopping power.

The fourth product introduced by RIO Ammunition at SHOT Show is the Vintage 1896 Paper line, named after the year in which the company started producing its first cartridges. The hulls of this shotshell are made of paper instead of plastic, ensuring the same experience felt by shooters 120 years ago when the cartridges were handmade, while at the same time being more environmentally friendly. The initial product range is ideal for clays and flyers.

“The new lines are a continued effort to provide better products at a great value. With over 120 years of experience and world-wide exposure we’ve leveraged what we’ve learned in other markets to make new and interesting shells for the US shooter”, explained Ken Pfau, RIO Ammunition General Manager.

For more information about RIO products visit us at SHOT Show Booth 15738 or at

RIO Ammunition –

RIO Ammunition develops, manufactures and sells shotshells for sporting clay, hunting, law enforcement and personal defense. Established in 1896, it is a powder and non-metallic ammunition expert. RIO’s American headquarters are in Dallas (Texas), where it also has a cutting-edge factory which was inaugurated in 2015 representing an investment of 20 million dollars and can produce up to one million shotshells per day at full capacity.

RIO is vertically integrated having maximum control over every component used on its cartridges which ensures the highest quality for all its products. Its parent company, MAXAM, under its sports cartridges business unit, sells around 600 million cartridges in more than 100 countries every year.


MAXAM is a global technology company, specializing in the design, development, manufacture and application of energy materials. It structures its activity into four business units: blasting solutions for mining, quarries and public works; cartridges and gun powders for use in hunting and recreational shooting; products and systems for the defence and security sector; and production of key primary products in nitrochemical activity.

Founded by Alfred Nobel in 1872, MAXAM currently has more than 6500 employees, more than 50 subsidiaries, 80 industrial units and commercial operations in over 100 countries. The company ended its fiscal year 2017 with turnover amounting to 1087 million euros.