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
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.