We asked some keen partridge shooters which cartridges they use. Here’s what they said.
Partridges are small birds and don't need large shot sizes.
With the partridge season starting on 1st September, shooters are going to be thinking about the best cartridges for partridge shooting.
So we asked around some experienced Guns for their tips and advice.
8 of the best cartridges for partridge shooting
- Gamebore Dark Storm Quad Seal
- Hull Cartridge Partridge Cartridge
- Lyalvale Express Supreme Game
- Eley VIP
- RC Professional Game
- Gamebore Regal
- Hull Imperial Game
- RC SIPE Extreme
The list above was suggested by Charles Bull of Just Cartridges.
He adds: “Lyalvale Express Supreme Game, RC Professional Game, Gamebore Regal and Hull Imperial Game are suitable for older English shotguns with 65mm chambers. “
What did the shooting instructor say?
Mark Heath of the West London Shooting School advises: “If you are shooting with a 12-bore, I would recommend 28g no 6, or even a 7 shot.
“A quarter and half choke will normally suit for the majority of partridge 25gram no 6 through a 20 bore. On particularly high partridge, consider upping the choke to a half and three quarters.
“I did use some 32g 5 ½ shot specialist partridge cartridges last year and they were very effective on partridge, grouse and pheasant.”
Best partridge cartridges for different sized shotguns
Taking into account the different bore sizes of shotguns, Shooting Times contributor, gameshooting coach and guntrade consultant Simon Reinhold suggested the following.