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