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