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Rogue 6-Shooter Olympic Grip Plates

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The Rogue 6-Shooter Olympic Plates are some of the most-well liked iron plates on the market. I've been using them for around eight months or so now, and this is going to be a review on the plates and my thoughts on them in case you're interested in buying them. I'm not going to go over my account of why I chose them for this build because I've already done that in a whole series called picking plates where I chronicle all the different types of plates out there from cheap plates to secondhand plates to calibrated plates, bumper plates, and what led me to my final decision of getting these machined weight plates from Rogue.

The bottom line is that I find that machined iron plates offer the best balance between accuracy and price, so the best-bang for your buck while still being good quality plates. So that being said, let's talk about these particular ones. The biggest thing that jumps out to most people with these plates is the way that they look. And I gotta say, they are very aesthetically pleasing. In fact, these are some of my favorite looking plates; they remind a lot of people of the Ivanko Revolvers because they are almost identical except they have one less hole. Ivanko's have seven, the Rogue 6-Shooters, as evidenced by their name have six but Rogue's offering are much more affordable. And, surprisingly, I actually find the build quality on these to be much, much better. That's one thing that you really have to look out for with Ivanko these days is the fact that while they used to be really known as a high-performing company in terms of the product, coupled with the fact that most of the stuff was made here in the USA, they have since outsourced almost all their production to China.

If you talk to a lot of the old meatheads, they will say and agree that the quality has since dropped off for Ivanko. So, Ivanko's are no longer as accurate as they used to be back in the day, and I say all of this because the Rogue 6-Shooters remind people of the Ivankos, but they're much better priced and much more accurate, which I think for most people is a win. Now obviously, how plates look plays a factor. For some people, they will say it doesn't matter how plates look, and I somewhat agree to that, but not only do these look very good in my opinion, but they're also very functional.

The biggest thing for me is going from calibrated competition bumper plates (the Rogue Competition Bumper Plates were my previous set) to the Rogue Calibrated Steel Plates which were very much a pain in the ass to get on and off a weight tree or off a bar and kind of digging your fingers in there or holding them and moving them, walking them back and forth. This was especially true for the heavier plates like the 25KG and 20KG plates. With the 6-Shooter plates, again, because they're aesthetic, they have the holes cut into them. It looks good, but it also makes it super easy to grip because all those holes actually act as handles. So, moving weights from here to there has never been easier for me. Not to mention if you want to get pretty creative, there's actually a lot of exercises you can do with just the plates themselves because of the built-in grip holes.

Not only do the 6-shooters look great, but also functionality-wise, they are very well-performing. Now, speaking of that, one of the big reasons I wanted to go with these particular cast iron plates is because I wanted something that was accurate, but I also didn't want to spend the same amount of money that I spent on calibrated plates. So I chose these particular ones because when you take a look at the bigger plates like the 25LBers, 35LBers, and 45LBers they're advertised to be within 1% plus or minus of what the stated weight should be. Now for me, what I did is I went ahead and weighed a lot of my plates on a scale, took an average, and what I found was on average the 45-pound plates actually weighed 49.8 pounds. So that's roughly within 0.04% so not even that full 1% so more than half less than what the accuracy should be. This means the 45's are very accurate and overweight which is preferable.

Typically what you find in a lot of cheaper plates is the accuracy for the heavier plates can be all over the place. Next, on the 35 LBers, I found them to actually be 100% accurate. So, both of my 35-pound plates weighed exactly 35 pounds. When it came to the 35's which I also have two of those as well, they were actually a little bit over, weighing in at 25.2 pounds. In summary, they were all extremely accurate and all within the tolerance allowed or advertised. Now when it comes to the other plates on here, what most considered would be the change plates, the tens, the fives, the two and a half, they're advertised to be within 3% I don't really worry about those too much because they're smaller denominations. Now speaking of the change plates, probably one of the only things that I don't really like about this particular set is the fact that the smaller plates don't match the bigger plates in aesthetics.

In looking at the 6-Shooters, you're likely going to be in the same spot I was which was a hard choice to make between the Rogue Machined Olympic Plates or the Six-Shooter Machined Plates. Ultimately, it came down to a couple of things for me. Number one, the price. So the price of the 6-Shooters is actually less, which I found surprising because I think the Six Shooter plates are actually a little bit more attractive in terms of what they look like. But also when you take a look at the accuracy of the plates, the Rogue Machined plates are the Ivanko Deep Dish clones are actually rated within 2% for the bigger plates. So, the 6-Shooters are more accurate despite costing less.

Lastly, the other deciding factor for me of going with the 6-Shooters is actually the bigger plates. The 45's are a little bit thinner than the 45's for the Machined Olympic Plates and the Deep Dishes. So, when you stack them up on a bar, they're going to end up taking up much less space. I'm coming from the Rogue Calibrated Powerlifting Plate set where they are very thin. So I went with the Six Shooters for that regard. But I don't really think he can go wrong either way.

Overall, I really like the Rogue 6-Shooter Plates. I've used them on squats, bench press, overhead press, rows, on my Rogue Slinger, and just about anything you can think of. I find like they're a good deal when you take a look again, how accurate they are and the price themselves.

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