A huge amount has been written in books, magazines and on the internet about guns, ammunition, clothing and accessories for game shooting and deer stalking - maybe too much! Selection is mostly down to personal preference and budget with few rights and wrongs. Below is a general guide to what is appropriate to the type of shooting.
- Most commonly 12 bore but 20 bore shotguns are becoming very popular. Youngsters and serious professionals often have a 28 bore shotgun and .410 rifle.
- Over and under shotguns tend to be game guns, or 'sporters' with a trend for longer barrels of 30" plus on high pheasants.
- Side by side shotguns are still very popular and traditional - especially for grouse shooting.
- Cartridge loads of 28 - 32 grams No. 5 or 6 are perfectly adequate for most driven game but the choice is endless.
- A good cartridge bag and gunslip are essential.
- Fieldsports clothing is generally preferred to be formal - breeks, shooting socks, shirt and tie. Technical clothing is becoming more widespread however.
- A good coat is essential as is a hat (but not a baseball cap!). 2 if you are shooting in Scotland!
- Wellingtons or walking boots depending on preference.
Walked Up Shooting
- Lightweight 12 bore shotguns are preferred, with side by side or 20 bore shotguns being an ideal weight to carry around all day.
- Take a selection of cartridges for different quarry as well as non toxic for wildfowl.
- Cartridge belts are useful but can damage gun stocks.
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and the terrain. Lightweight modern technical shells work well over traditional clothing.
- Wear waterproof boots that you are happy to walk in all day.
- A game bag can be useful.
- Ideally a 12 bore shotgun but also 20 bore shotguns can be used.
- Generally heavier non toxic loads - 30 to 36 gram 4's or 5's. Even heavier sometimes for geese on the foreshore.
- Cartridge belt, gunslip, game bag and torch.
- Good warm waterproof clothing and boots. Modern technical clothing is ideal, and achange of clothes is reccommended.
- A good hat.
Exclusively Scottish can help with advice on all the above, arranging tailor made days to meet all expectations and providing equipment where necessary.
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Exclusively Scottish can tailor make shooting packages for novices, single guns, couples, small groups and teams, or even customise an entire shooting based holiday for you. So if you're visiting the Scottish Borders for a holiday get in touch and we'd be happy to help!