The Sav­age A22 semi-auto, Eley’s new pi­geon load, and more

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This is the new 28g Su­per Comp from mak­ers Lyal­vale Express. Avail­able in shot sizes 7, 7.5, 8 and 9. It shares the same case and primer as the Ex­cel, the only Bri­tish-made car­tridge that has won Olympic Gold. It’s also pro­pelled from your bar­rels at 1,450fps.

Other main points are a 20mm high nickel head for im­proved per­for­mance, along with an ex­tra-sen­si­tive primer, and pow­ders for con­sis­tent pre­mium re­sults; this also ben­e­fits the shooter with lower re­coil lead­ing to the ben­e­fits of a faster re­cov­ery time for the sec­ond shot.

I had the opportunity to test the fi­bre wad ver­sion in 7.5 at Bar­bury Shoot­ing School on an ar­ray of Sport­ing stands and high-tower birds, as well as a spec­tac­u­lar bolt­ing rab­bit flush. My Browning 725 was choked ¼ and ½ and broke th­ese tar­gets con­vinc­ingly with­out any ex­ces­sive re­coil.

My sec­ond test was at Rugby & Dis­trict Trap Club on a very windy day us­ing the plas­tic wad in 7, choked ½ and ¾, at Helice. The one thing I did ap­pre­ci­ate was the abil­ity to get onto the tar­get for very fast fol­low-up shots, some­thing I needed to do more of­ten than I’d ad­mit to on this oc­ca­sion (we’ll put that down to pi­lot er­ror!).

Over­all, an en­joy­able car­tridge to shoot, and well priced as a ‘do ev­ery­thing’ pack­age for club up to medal-win­ning re­sults. There was also the sur­pris­ing bonus of very clean, gunk-less bar­rels at the end of it!

RRPs: Plas­tic wad £245.00 per 1,000; Fi­bre wad £250.00 per 1,000 www.lyal­vale­ex­

The Su­per Comp Fi­bre has a fully biodegrad­able driv­ing wad and card ob­tu­ra­tor.

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