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Old 09-21-2006, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default "Quick Loader" tubes in bird hunting vests

Do any of you have the bird vests that use the "Quick Loader" tubes, instead of the traditional elastic, for holding shotgun shells? The ones I looked at were from Columbia Sportsware, but other manufacturers probably make them as well.

Do they work well?

Where can you get replacement plastic tubes if you break one?

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Old 09-21-2006, 12:49 PM   #2
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I've been using a Columbia upland vest with the tubes for a year, and they work slick. Quick to load up, quick to unload, and no fumbling for shells when you need them. Never had a problem with breakage, and they came with 20GA inserts.
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:55 PM   #3
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Wow...an interesting concept, but I've always felt that most of the Columbia vests were too heavy, bulky, and with things like these tubes, too gadget laden.

I guess they could work

But hey, so does a POCKET!

Most of my vests (think I have 3 vests not including Chukar "suspender vests", a cooler mesh/Orange cloth, a solid cloth Orange and a Cloth Tan) have the elastic loops, but usually I just dump and handful or two of shells into the pockets.

When doing combined Pheasant/Quail hunts I usually put #6s in one pocket and #8s in the other.

Usually I'll put LOTS of #8s in! If I really get into Quail big time, I can go through a lot of shells in a hurry!

What I look for mostly in a vest is ruggedness without too much weight. And I ALWAYS look for the front load feature for using with smaller birds, Dove and Quail.

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Default Re: "Quick Loader" tubes in bird hunting vests

Bill, I've kinda felt as you...just another gadget. But I think these Columbia shell tubes are an exception. I just wish they (Columbia) didn't place such high $$$ on thier stuff. An orange upland vest with them would be nice.

I did buy one of the $30 OD Green Parkas from the Columbia Outlet Store....it has these shell tubes. After playing with it, I'm very anxious to put it to use. It should help me keep my 3", 3.5" #2's, #3's, BB's and swatter loads all straight! (ogerjager that one's for you)

Interested to hear what other have to say about their long term robustness.
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: "Quick Loader" tubes in bird hunting vests

I was looking at one of those Columbia vests the other night. Do the inserts come out or do I need to buy another vest for when I want to shoot 12 gauge?
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:42 PM   #6
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I was looking at one of those Columbia vests the other night. Do the inserts come out or do I need to buy another vest for when I want to shoot 12 gauge?
The 20-ga inserts come out...

I go through ammo so darn fast, I never remember to reload the tubes!!! When I've remembered to use them, they work nicely.
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:15 PM   #7
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Default Re: "Quick Loader" tubes in bird hunting vests

I have a quickloader vest for upland and I LOVE IT!

Quick, easy, all in one solution for upland. I'm not sure if they've discontinued the flourescent orange version like I have but I don't see them on the Columbia site. I think they raised the price considerably, too. SW in Salem has them in orange/flax for $80 (I was there yesterday looking for one for my cousin) and I KNOW I didn't pay that much.

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Old 09-21-2006, 04:50 PM   #8
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Default Re: "Quick Loader" tubes in bird hunting vests

Just picked up a grass camo jacket last week with the tubes,haven't got to do much shooting yet,but the tubes are pretty cool.Gotta admit I spent some time sitting around the house pulling shells out of it.
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I go through ammo so darn fast, I never remember to reload the tubes!!! When I've remembered to use them, they work nicely.
Dude, they hold 30 shells!

Just kidding Tetonriver, you must shoot like me. They can tend to run low on the right side when it gets good, but I usually don't bring more shells than I can fit in the tubes. I'll probably regret that some day.

TDM, you are right, the price is steadily going up. If I were going to pay $80 for a vest... I wouldn't. But I would look at one of those vest/backpack combo's by Mother an LL Bean. You wanna talk about gadgets? That thing has more bells and whistles than my car, but it is a slick setup. I think SW carries the Mother one now. They have pockets that close with a magnet so you don't drop your shells, but you can get at them easily.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:18 PM   #10
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I was looking at one of those Columbia vests the other night. Do the inserts come out or do I need to buy another vest for when I want to shoot 12 gauge?
The 20-ga inserts come out...

I go through ammo so darn fast, I never remember to reload the tubes!!! When I've remembered to use them, they work nicely.
So then WHAT do I do with my now fav Upland Bird Gun...my 16 ga. Citori Lightning?!!

I wonder if the 12 ga. tubes would work with 16 ga. shells. :whazzup:

(Guess it's back to those pockets...they seem to work for 12, 16, 20 and 28 ga. shells with NO interchangable parts!) :grin:

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Old 09-22-2006, 07:16 AM   #11
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I have a upland vest with tubes and my duck hunting shell also has them. I really like them both . But it is about whatever works for you. They get my
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:50 AM   #12
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I have the quickloader system in my Columbia duck hunting jacket and it is pretty sweet. You will like it in your upland vest too!
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:29 AM   #13
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I use the columbia quickloader vest for upland hunting.

Works awesome.
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:55 PM   #14
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Anybody know where to get the black/yellow plastic parts that hold the shells until you pull them out?
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