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

Sporting Shooter - - Cartridges -

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.


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.


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

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