Shooting Instruction

Copper-coated lead shot demystified

copper lead shotIs the recent surge in the popularity of copper-coated lead shot a result of clever marketing, or are these cartridges as good as some claim? Matt Kidd asks the opinion of various manufacturers and respected game Shots.

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Don't overlook the obvious

simon wardGunfit, gunmount, footwork, timing and follow through are all paramount to good shooting, but if due attention is not paid to the other variables on a shoot day, says Simon Ward, you might find yourself walking back to the gunbus feeling nonplussed.

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Five wildfowling tips

wildfowlFather and son Jeremy and Guy Westmoreland share their top tips for improving success at wild fowling. Plus, they identify exactly what kit you need to take along with you. 

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Side-by-side or over-under?

instruction_frontHaving shot clays and game with great success with both the over-under and side-by-side, top game shooting instructor Simon Ward shares some tips on how to make the most of both designs.

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The eyes have it

eyes_mainChris Batha takes a look at the symptoms of faulty visual perception in the shooting field, and considers the remedial options available.

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Ten of the most common game shooting faults

shootinginstruction_frontAs a professional game shooting instructor and vastly experienced game Shot, Simon Ward has seen every conceivable game shooting fault in the book. But over the years, he has identified 10 that seem to crop up more often than others.

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Rhythm in twos

double_gunning_1frontA seamless partnership between Gun and loader on a busy drive is a joy to behold, but there is more to the art of double gunning than meets the eye. Will Pocklington takes a closer look.

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High pheasants – with Simon Ward

simon_ward_hf_frontSimon Ward argues that extreme range pheasants can be killed cleanly and consistently, but only if you are well prepared. And that means using an appropriate gun, cartridge and choke combination, practising and being willing to adjust your technique where necessary.

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Your first driven day

first_day_frontThe world of driven shooting can be intimidating and confusing to the newcomer – a minefield of alien traditions, customs and etiquette. But with a bit of homework and prior preparation, your first day on the peg can be both enjoyable and rewarding.

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Which gun for high pheasants?

English-built side-by-side shotguns have a proven pedigree... but they weren't designed with 60-yard pheasants in mind. We are talking over-under territory, as Chris Batha explains.

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reflections frontSimon Ward looks back on a season which brought its highs and lows, and reflects on where we went right – and wrong.

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