If you’re a novice or average clay shooter, don’t waste your money on expensive cartridges. Look out for the 24 and 28-gram economy loads that all major manufacturers do and use those, they’ll be fine. Try to get clean burning powder and well-formed cases with strongly attached rims, acceptable recoil and of course good patterns from your gun choke combinations. By good patterns, we mean even pattern without excessive gaps, clustering or balling. Good budget clay loads are:
If you’re a decent shot, competing at a high level, maybe even internationally, you will benefit from more premium quality cartridges. In this case, look for a high powder shot with a higher content of antimony, which cuts down on deformed pellets and gives more even patterns. If you’re feeling flush, the most expensive pellets contain plated shot which increases pellet hardness and reduces central concentration.
The below are all excellent choices:
Like the game itself, choosing cartridges for skeet is simple, as there is much less choice. It’s a game of fast crossing targets, so you need small shot to produce a dense pattern. Nearly all UK shots use 9 shot in a 24 or 28-gram load. There’s no need for much velocity, so comfort is the main criteria. Here are a few of the best to try, suitable for both expert and beginner:
The best recommendation is 7 ½ shot in both barrels in a fast 24-gram load. Cartridge quality and velocity are more important for trap shooting than any other discipline. But obviously you don’t want to shell out on the wrong type. Try these suggestions for the best trap cartridges.
If you like to shoot all different disciplines, it makes sense to buy a cartridge that can cover all. If so try the below:
So now you know what shotgun cartridges to use for what clays, happy shooting whatever discipline you’re practicing. Now you can’t blame the ammunition!