WRONG GUN, WRONG CAR­TRIDGE

Sporting Gun - - TECHNIQUE -

One as­pect that is re­lated very closely to gun fit, which can have a huge af­fect on suc­cess and fail­ure, is the suit­abil­ity of the bore and car­tridge load used. This is most sig­nif­i­cantly seen with fe­male and young shoot­ers that have to have a gun and car­tridge com­bi­na­tion to give them a pos­i­tive “do-abil­ity” fac­tor. By this, I mean a gun that they can man­age and a car­tridge that is com­fort­able to shoot and doesn’t knock them about. I have found 20-bore with a 21g load to suit them very well and en­cour­age them to pur­sue the sport. All too of­ten I meet shoot­ers who have a no­tion that they need as much lead in the air as pos­si­ble, how­ever ex­ces­sive loads can cause all sorts of aver­sions to de­velop which will cause them to miss. Lighter loads cer­tainly help me to shoot in a smoother fluid way.

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