Clay pigeon shooting expert

JOHN BIDWELL

The only real difference between these two looping clay targets is that the chandelle takes a more symmetrical flight path to that of a battue.

It’s also likely the battue will be flying that bit faster, too. I don’t doubt that because of these slight changes some shooters will modify their approach and, if it works for them, then fine.

However, my maintained lead technique allows me to shoot them both the same way.

Unless there’s some good reason why I should shoot early I will normally take the battue just as it turns and starts to fall.

And I tend to do the same with the chandelle.

By keeping the gun out in front of these birds my Move-Mount-Shoot approach takes care of the forward allowance side of the equation but the really important bit is to have the muzzles below the target when the shot’s fired.

In other words, when the stock is properly mounted the bird will be visible above the muzzles of the gun as you squeeze the trigger.

As ever it’s important to keep the barrels moving and avoid any temptation to poke at the target.

While there is no special approach needed on these birds there is a knack to them in terms of rhythm and the timing of the shot.

Basically you should shoot it where it’s most comfortable for you.

One thing I will say about loopers – and chandelles in particular – is that they’re a much over used target.

Too many grounds throw more than they need to just as a way of making life difficult for the shooter.

Such shoots either lack options or, more likely, imagination!