CAR­TRIDGES: Clays for game

En­sur­ing your shoot­ing is ac­cu­rate be­fore the sea­son starts is a must, and the most en­joy­able way to do this is to prac­tise on clays. Vic Harker helps you choose the best loads for the job

Sporting Shooter - - Contents - WITH VIC HARKER

The best game shoot­ers have, for at least a gen­er­a­tion, come to ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits of prac­tis­ing on clay tar­gets. In­deed, there is no other op­tion that is more en­joy­able or hu­mane than en­sur­ing that your shoot­ing is prac­tised and ac­cu­rate from the first day of the game sea­son.

Some car­tridges in this month’s selec­tion can be used in 65mm guns while others are only avail­able for 70mm cham­bers, as iden­ti­fied.

1. LYALVALE EX­PRESS HIGH VE­LOC­ITY

A com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly spec­i­fi­ca­tion, this fi­bre-wadded load with a 65mm case for short-cham­bered game guns can be as ef­fec­tive at the covert side as it is on the clay range.

Avail­able in plas­tic and fi­bre wad 24 and 28g No.7.5, 8 and 9, £197-£254 per 1,000.

2. LYALVALE EX­PRESS POWER GOLD

An en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly com­pe­ti­tion load with a 70mm case and a fi­bre wad. A match­win­ning cartridge and a prac­tice load that is wel­come ev­ery­where.

Avail­able in plas­tic and fi­bre wad 24 and 28g No.7.5, 8 and 9, £218-£233 per 1,000.

3. HULL CARTRIDGE SPORT­ING 100

A great com­pe­ti­tion win­ner, this fi­bre-wadded cartridge en­joys a high rep­u­ta­tion with clay shoot­ers and game shoot­ers who favour a 70mm cham­bered gun. A match win­ner that is ap­pre­ci­ated by shoot­ers and ground own­ers alike.

Avail­able in plas­tic wad 28g No.7.5 and 8, £220 per 1,000.

4. HULL CARTRIDGE PRO SIX­TEEN

The 16-bore game gun still en­joys an en­thu­si­as­tic fol­low­ing among the game shoot­ing cognoscenti, and this 67mm fi­bre-wadded load is wel­come ev­ery­where. A com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance with re­straint, the nat­u­ral choice for those ad­mir­ers of the sweet 16-bore gun.

Avail­able in fi­bre wad 24g No.7.5, £283 per 1,000.

5. CLEVER T3 GRAND ITALIA

A clay load from the fa­mous Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer whose shoot­ers have con­sis­tently cap­tured the sport’s great­est prizes from around the world. Per­fecters of the 24g load in a 70mm case, their car­tridges rep­re­sent even more with less.

Avail­able in plas­tic wad 24g No.7.5 and 8, £244 per 1,000.

6. CLEVER MI­RAGE T2 FELT WAD

A com­bi­na­tion of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy with tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als, Mi­rage Felt Wad in a 70mm case rep­re­sents just that. With or­ganic com­po­nents, the user is wel­come in the most

fas­tid­i­ous and en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious com­pany. At the same time, per­for­mance is never com­pro­mised.

Avail­able in fi­bre wad 28g No.7.5, 8 and 9.5, £244 per 1,000.

7. ELEY OLYMPIC BLUES FI­BRE WAD

A fa­mous British cartridge with a fi­bre wad which is only part of the Eley Blue’s story. A Trap cartridge leg­end for half a cen­tury, its new en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the fi­bre wad in a 70mm case, will en­sure its pop­u­lar­ity for an­other 50 years.

Avail­able in fi­bre wad 24 and 28g No.7.5, 8 and 9, £198 - £205 per 1,000.

8. ELEY SE­LECT

A high-per­for­mance cartridge at a low price in­cor­po­rat­ing a 67mm case with a 21g shot load and fi­bre wad.

With the economies of scale only an in­te­grated man­u­fac­turer can pro­vide, this great British cartridge maker once again de­liv­ers un­beat­able value for money.

Avail­able in plas­tic and fi­bre wad 21 and 24g No.7.5 and 8, £180-£196 per 1,000.

9. ELEY CT 20

The 20-bore clay tar­get load grows ever more pop­u­lar, as do the guns to shoot them. Eley’s CT 20 20-bore load comes in a 67mm or 70mm case and is a smooth, fast cartridge that will flat­ter your shoot­ing.

Avail­able in plas­tic and fi­bre wad 21, 24 and 28g No.7.5 and 8, £226-£272 per 1,000.

10. FIOCCHI FBLACK SPORT­ING

With a Union Jack on the pack­ag­ing, this 70mm 28g cartridge is clearly a ded­i­cated Sport­ing load for the UK mar­ket. On the plate, a well-dis­trib­uted pat­tern from a Brown­ing Sporter was im­pres­sive. Clearly, the Ital­ians now treat the Sport­ing mar­ket se­ri­ously, and we can ex­pect to see this load win­ning some ma­jor prizes very soon.

Avail­able in fi­bre wad 28g No.8.5, £229 per 1,000.

11. FIOCCHI TT ONE

An­other 1oz load in a 67mm case, the No.8 shot load de­liv­ered some con­sis­tent well-dis­trib­uted pat­terns. An Ital­ian cartridge that will suit the short-cham­bered game gun.

Avail­able in plas­tic and fi­bre wad 24 and 28g No.7.5, 8 and 9, £187-£197 per 1,000.

Whether you just go for some prac­tice by your­self, or take it s step fur­ther and at­tend a com­pe­ti­tion, clay shoot­ing is a great way to im­prove your game shoot­ing.

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