The Field - - Opening Shots Letters -

Some­thing struck a chord with me in your Young in the field col­umn [June is­sue], not just my own dis­mal per­for­mance in a re­cent char­ity clay shoot but the ongoing de­bate about suit­able car­tridges for very high pheas­ants. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, the rel­a­tive bal­lis­tic per­for­mance of 32gm of No 5 over 36gm of No 4 is of no con­se­quence when so many shoot­ers are un­able to kill birds cleanly at 35yd. It strikes me that if we re­ally do wish to min­imise wound­ing, as of course we should, we need to learn to iden­tify what birds we can ex­pect to kill ac­tu­ally look like be­fore we start shoot­ing at them. Most of us need more prac­tice in this re­spect and some sum­mer tu­ition on clays should be on most true sports­men’s and sportswomen’s agen­das.

If our abil­ity to do this could be sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved then few peo­ple would be con­cerned with what is re­quired to kill 55yd birds. Guns may also find that im­prov­ing their per­for­mance im­proves their en­joy­ment of what is, by any stan­dards, an ex­pen­sive day out. An­drew Maund Exe­bridge, Som­er­set

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