Ruling the roost
Taking down those pesky pigeons can present a serious challenge, so you should be armed with a serious cartridge. Vic presents the best of British
There was a time when the ammunition manufacturers did not produce cartridges specifically for woodpigeon shooting, and it seemed anything would do for the Columba palumbus. In recent years however, with its rise in status as the UK’s major agricultural pest and a quarry species that offers some of the best and most challenging form of wing shooting available, they’ve made a serious study of the cartridge required to meet the pigeon shooter’s needs. In this area of shotgun ballistics, research and development has continued apace, and so this month’s column features the very latest pigeon loads from no less than four top manufacturers. All of them have established enviable reputations for their game loads over the years and are now equally dedicated to providing the same standard of excellence for those who pursue what is perhaps GB’s most sporting bird.
1. HULL CARTRIDGE SPECIAL PIGEON
Another specially formulated load from this great northern manufacturer. In a 70mm case with a 32g load, for the pigeon shooter going for big bags over crops, or roost shooting in the early months of the year, this cartridge is a great all-rounder. Easy on the pocket but tough on the quarry, this load represents huge value for money. Available in fibre wad 6, £254.50 per 1,000.
2. HULL CARTRIDGE SUPERFAST
A high velocity 29g load with a plastic wad in a 70mm case, it’s a fast cartridge at 1,425fps, which meets the challenge that roost shooting presents. I found this cartridge combined impressive knock-down power at distance with low recoil. Definitely the pigeon load for the sportsman looking for both performance and a load that’s easy on the shoulder for when the grey