Mike George lists some top choices.

The clay-shooting cartridges listed here are the products of just six companies. From their extensive ranges we have picked just two cartridges – a 28g general competition load, and a light load suitable for shooters who are particularly affected by recoil. Some of this latter group are subsonic, so are also suitable for use on shooting grounds which have problems with excessive noise. Read on to discover our review of some of the best clayshooting cartridges around today.

Online prices

Note that all online prices, from Just Cartridges, were accurate at the time of writing but rises in component prices will have an unpredictable effect. Online prices are usually cheaper than those charged by local gun shops but you may find local sources more convenient. The choice is yours.

Also note that fibre-wadded cartridges are generally more expensive than their plastic wadded equivalents.


Gamebore Evo



Gamebore advertise this medium-priced cartridge as suitable for training and competition. In other words, it seems good for club clays. It is assembled in a 70mm case with an 8mm head, and there’s a choice of plastic or fibre wads. Shot sizes are 7.5 and 8. Claimed muzzle velocity is 1,420 feet per second. The cartridge is also available in 21 and 24gr loadings.

Online price: £214 per 1,000 (plastic wad version).


This is the lightest-recoiling cartridge in the range. The 28gr of No. 8 shot is loaded in a 65mm case with a fibre wad. Muzzle velocity is subsonic, so it’s suitable for slightly-built people, youngsters or on grounds where there is a noise problem. Why is it more expensive than the supersonic load? My guest is it’s due to the numbers game – the demand for subsonic cartridges is comparatively small.

Online price: £236.50 per 1,000.

  1. 1. Online prices
  3. 3. ELEY HAWK
  5. 5. RC
  6. 6. FIOCCHI
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