Shotgun cartridges have come a long way!! When I first started shooting I was given my first bit of advice from my mentor, he told me.. I use these for everything.. and handed me a box of Eley no5s. Back then, there were still plenty of cheap Eastern Bloc cartridges of highly dubious quality. In any one box, you’d have some shells that kicked like a mule and others that seemed to be loaded with confetti. If you cut one open, the shot looked like the sweepings off the floor – all different sizes and shapes mixed in together. It made sense to stick to a trusted, British-made brand if you could afford them, and in those days other British brands were not so easily sourced for many back in the day. Nowadays, there are many more cartridge brands available, some British-made and others not, but the overall quality is very good. You can choose any cartridge on the market and feel confident that it will perform to a good, consistent standard and – perhaps most important of all – it will be safe.We have a wider choice available now, but that’s even more reason to follow my teachers advice, which was basically to find a good quality cartridge that does the job, and stick with it. You could chop and change, using a slightly different load or larger shot for this or that type of shooting. But for most of us that just brings another variable into the equation when we should really be concentrating on pointing it in the right direction.So how do you go about choosing a good, general purpose cartridge that will deliver the results you want? Always make sure your load is suitable for your quarry.. I like a good bit of whack in my cartridges it's better to have too much than not enough I was always told. I stick to 5s for rabbits and feathered game/vermin 3s or 4s for hares, 3s to BBs for foxes. Always works for me 👍👍 .
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