pa­per cases are just per­fect See the light, broth­ers and sis­ters

Shooting Gazette - - Letters -

How my heart sang to read Tony Kennedy’s com­ments about pa­per cases in the July is­sue’s let­ters page.

I have been a fan of pa­per cases since us­ing pa­per Ely Im­pax 50 years ago and achiev­ing some mem­o­rable shots when I was a mere boy, self-taught and had ac­cess to only a few acres of rough shoot­ing. Later, I had the priv­i­lege of run­ning a small, driven game shoot for about 25 years and in­sti­gated the use of pa­per car­tridges among syn­di­cate mem­bers by hav­ing them made for us by Game­bore. The first ones had felt wads but later be­came fi­bre. They were 28gram of No.6 shot and threw killing pat­terns, es­pe­cially in my old J. blanch with im­proved cylin­der and ¼ choke.

I still use that gun when I know I may be chal­lenged and two years ago took a se­ries of spec­tac­u­lar pheas­ants at Stan­age Cas­tle in the Welsh Marches – the first of which I will never for­get. I agree with Mr Kennedy that it is the pat­tern that dis­patches good birds cleanly and to see ‘new’ shots chang­ing their screw-in chokes be­tween drives is de­press­ing. I am sure that even if rea­soned ar­gu­ments do not win, fash­ion will dic­tate a re­turn to side-by­sides and ‘light’ loads some day but, sadly, prob­a­bly not in my lifetime. Oh well, nos­tal­gia’s not what it used to be.

John Gough, by email

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