Clay Shooting

Buy­ers’ Guide: Car­tridges

Char­lie Bull of Just Car­tridges lists ammo that will do the job with per­for­mance to spare

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Ien­joy Skeet be­cause I think it sharp­ens you up, pro­vid­ing tar­gets at all an­gles. Sta­tion 8, where it ap­pears, is a proper sharp­ener! I am not in­ter­ested in grind­ing out 100-straights be­cause my at­ten­tion span is woe­fully short, so I can’t con­cen­trate hard enough to ac­tu­ally achieve it, but it is a lot of fun and gen­er­ally good prac­tice for a va­ri­ety of other shoot­ing sce­nar­ios. With that in mind, don’t for­get that a Skeet shell with about a mil­lion pel­lets in it is ab­so­lutely ideal for those closer-in tar­gets en­coun­tered at Sport­ing or Fi­tasc.

The dif­fer­ent Skeet dis­ci­plines mean that there is a mind bog­gling ar­ray of car­tridges. This list will give you a taste through­out the spec­trum.

English Skeet is the most pop­u­lar of the skeet dis­ci­plines, and 28gm 9 shot is the usual choice for the Skeet shooter. Amer­i­can Skeet (NSSA) uses dif­fer­ent bore sizes with lit­tle choice.

Olympic Skeet is the zenith of the sport. Be­ing faster, shot gun­down and with a vari­able de­lay on re­lease, this a tricky but ex­cit­ing vari­a­tion on the sport. The main dif­fer­ence from the car­tridge point of view is that Olympic Skeet must be shot with a max­i­mum 24gm load, and car­tridges tend to be higher per­for­mance than other stan­dard Skeet al­ter­na­tives. A lot of Skeet shoot­ers will ac­tu­ally use a larger shot size for the sec­ond bird on Sta­tion 4. I am not en­tirely con­vinced you need it, but the choice is yours. So let’s have a look at what we’ve got this month.

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