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What Clay Cartridges?

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by Buckshot, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:52 PM.

  1. Buckshot

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    Good evening fellow clay shooters,
    Myself and a few shooting buddies were discussing clay cartridges, ie brands, shot sizes etc, just idle chit chat over a cuppa at the clay ground and we all had different opinions as to what was the "best" ammo for ESP.
    I say "best", what i mean is preferred choice.
    I use Eley Olympic Blues 8's in my Browning with imp/cyl and l/mod chokes mostly, i find them to be very clean in the barrels and good performers at all ESP targets.
    The choices in our small group of shooters are Gamebore Evo, English Sporters, Rio, Fiocchi, Hull Superfast, Lyalvale Power Blues.
    As you can see from the choices all the ammo is at the lower end of the price spectrum, we're not into paying Dark Storm prices!:eek:
    So that got me wondering what ammo (28g) you clay shooters are using.
    Also i might add that choices were split between plastic and fibre wads as some of our grounds are "fibre only" now.

    ATB
    Neil.
     
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    Hull Superfast Fibre 28g’s
    Miroku 1/4-3/4.
    Lanber 3/8-5/8.
    £50:00 x 250.
    :thumb:
     
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    I’ve got a Beretta 686 EVO, 1/4 - 1/2 choke for English Sporting,normally buy cheapest 28 gm 7 1/2 trap cartridges,mainly because fewer gunshops these days stock 8’s .I have changed to fibre wads only because they don’t leave the plastic fouling streaks in the barrels,this Beretta seems particularly prone to plastic fouling and I was taking 30-40 minutes to get the barrels spotless and that’s only after a round of 50 sporting,changing to fibre wads has helped significantly.
    I am due to buy some more cartridges now,but because I am an occasional clay shot these days I only buy a 250 slab at a time,I would definitely buy 28gm 8’s fibre wads through choice,in terms of brand,well they all shoot better than me so always what’s cheapest on the day.
     
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    I’m using eley superb 28g no8 plastic in my beretta with 3/4 and full. I find it to be a great combo. My wife is using lyvale 24g 7.5 plastic in her beretta with 1/4 and 1/2. Another great combo and so soft shooting.
     
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    What i have noticed with fibre cartridges is the increased recoil over plastic wadded ones. My Browning XSH gives me a bigger thump even though it is 8 pounds plus. Also there can be an obturation problem in over bored barrels with fibre as it doesn't expand to the barrel walls as efficiently as a plastic wad, maybe i'm splitting hairs here, who knows.
     
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    I usually shoot comp X or sporting 100 28g The sporting have I believe the largest dia felt wads for my overbored Browning barrels. We shoot with an older guy "an excellent shot" who insists on 21 gram and he hits as many as anyone!
     
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    Interesting observation Dunks, The guy using 21 grams will have confidence in his ammo due to them being sweet shooting with minimum recoil. How things have changed, back in the day (80's) we used thumpy 32 grammers in 100 bird competions and thought nothing of it. i wouldn't want to go back to those now though.
     
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    Pleased to see you are using the term "overbored" and not back bored like Browning do. The barrels are not back bored.
     
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    I use Eley superb 28g 7.5 for everything.

    ESP 1/2 and 1/2 choke

    Trap 5/8 and 7/8

    Brilliant combinations and results :thumb:
     
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    I use 7.5s 28g fibre for clays
    Atb
    Mart
     
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    I use the 8s because I like the thought of having a few extra pellets :D
     
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    Whatever 28g 7.5 fibre wad my rfd has at a good price
     
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    There is nothing wrong with any of the carts you list.
    All modern carts are better than we are.
    Find a cart you like, can get all the time and like the price of. Then use them and oy them, pattern your gun and chokes and get used to them. Your shooting will improve.
    I've used all sorts over the years, shot many many thousands of superfast carts in practice and in competition. My gun liked them. The Evo is also very good and smooth. Some carts can be a bit punchy, this ruins your concentration and tires you out.
    My preference is for a size 8 28g fiberwad.
     

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