Get­ting on tar­get

We asked a range of Field & Game Aus­tralia mem­bers to re­veal the chokes and loads they use for Aus­tralian Sim­u­lated Field com­pe­ti­tion and whether they change up be­tween stands.

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Ni­cholas Guerra — Co­bram Field & Game What is your “go to” or “favourite” load, brand, shot weight and shot size?

I use Gam­bore Blue Di­a­monds 28 gr 7.5 all of the time. This only dif­fers if I can't get them in 7.5s, then I will go to the 8s. If I shoot steel, then I would use the Gam­bore Black Gold steel.

Do you change loads be­tween tar­gets/stands, if so when and why?

No, I like to stick with the same load through­out the shoot. I be­lieve that once you are con­fi­dent in one shell on longer/tougher tar­gets then just stick with it and use it on all tar­gets.

Do you change load weights, i.e. 28 g, 32 g and 36 g, if so, when and why??

No, as men­tioned above I just use the same through­out.

What chokes do you use — con­stric­tion, brand, etc?

I use Mod­i­fied and Im­proved Mod­i­fied con­stric­tion, in the ex­tended Bri­ley chokes that come stan­dard with the Blaser F3 Su­per­sport.

Do you change chokes be­tween stands, if so, when and why?

No, sim­i­lar to the car­tridges, I just like to stick with the same chokes through­out. >>

Frank Vella — Bal­larat Field & Game

What is your “go to” or “favourite” load, brand, shot weight and shot size?

GB Prius 28 g 7.5.

Do you change loads be­tween tar­gets/ stands, if so when and why?

No, I don't change, one shell for ev­ery­thing.

Do you change load weights, i.e. 28 g, 32 g and 36 g, if so, when and why??

No I don't change, 28 g for ev­ery­thing ex­cept for duck hunt­ing where I use 32g for a bit more knock down power and it pat­terns well in my gun.

What chokes do you use — con­stric­tion, brand, etc??

I use Mod­i­fied and Im­proved Mod­i­fied Bri­ley chokes.

Do you change chokes be­tween stands, if so, when and why??

No, I never change my chokes.

Anthony Panetta — Port Phillip Field & Game

What is your “go to” or “favourite” load, brand, shot weight and shot size?

Winchester AA 28 gm light hand­i­cap in 8 and 7.5 is my go to load when the chips are down!

Do you change loads be­tween tar­gets/ stands, if so when and why?

Yes I cer­tainly do. Rab­bits al­ways get a 7.5 just be­cause of their con­struc­tion, as they are a bit harder and thicker. Battues get a 8 for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, no mat­ter how far away they are! Any­thing that shows belly up to 40 m can be shot with an 8. Tar­gets pre­sented on edge or where you are shoot­ing at the top of the clay fur­ther than 30 m will be 7.5s all day long.

Do you change load weights, i.e. 28 g, 32 g and 36 g, if so, when and why??

No, I don't shoot any­thing other than 28 gm car­tridges. When hunt­ing that would be a dif­fer­ent story …

What chokes do you use — con­stric­tion, brand, etc??

My most pop­u­lar con­stric­tions are 17 and 22 thou, (It's prob­a­bly more superstitious than sci­en­tific) so a bit ei­ther side of Mod­i­fied choke. I find with my ammo choices I have most sit­u­a­tions cov­ered with these chokes.

Do you change chokes be­tween stands, if so, when and why??

If I see an ad­van­tage, I def­i­nitely will change chokes. On very close tar­gets (un­der 15 m) I will use a Cylin­der choke, and ob­vi­ously I will use a Full choke on ex­treme range tar­gets (50 m +)

Jack Gibbs — Bal­larat Field & Game

What is your “go to” or “favourite” load, brand, shot weight and shot size?

My favourite shell to use would have to be the Winchester Su­per Sport 28 g 1350 8's

Do you change loads be­tween tar­gets/ stands, if so when and why?

No, I use one shell only to stop me hav­ing a choice whether or not I can hit a tar­get with one shell or an­other.

Do you change load weights, i.e. 28 g, 32 g and 36 g, if so, when and why??

No, I al­ways stick to the same 28 g loads.

What chokes do you use — con­stric­tion, brand, etc??

I use Mod­i­fied and Im­proved Mod­i­fied be­cause I like a tight pat­tern to break tar­gets hard, which gives you bet­ter con­fi­dence watch­ing them break well rather than chip­ping the tar­get.

Do you change chokes be­tween stands, if so, when and why??

No, I keep my chokes the same to min­i­mize fac­tors.

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