Eley Hawk has launched its latest innovation in cartridges the Alpha Elite. A brand new “birdshot” cartridge for the Practical Shooting Discipline this has been crafted to ensure the best results for this fast-paced sport.
The load is a 28 gram 7.5 shot fibre wad 70 mm case length cartridge with a 16 mm brass. The PSB+3 powder ensures a low smoke output at the muzzle to ensure the best possible visibility for the shooter firing multiple shots in a narrow target area. The consistent shot to shot performance and crafted power factor of 540 ensures that the low recoil, reduced muzzle flip, and rapid target acquisition can be gained on every stage.
The fibre wad system in the cartridge ensures a tight pattern with a dense centre is achieved which is perfect for avoiding the “no shoot” penalty targets.
The use of a 16 mm brass length delivers an easy eject on mag fed, semi-automatic gas cycling, inertia shotguns or pump-action guns and careful crimping provides quick and easy loading where speed is needed.
The product was launched at the new Target Shooting show at Stoneleigh Exhibition Centre on the 16th and 17th November 2019 the reception at the show was extremely positive. Eley Hawk Sponsored shooters Jon, James and Faye Williamson who were on the stand commented that “testing these cartridges we really noticed an improvement over the Eley Hawk Olympic blues with more pellets in the centre of the pattern which will translate to better target plate knockdown and few penalty targets because we need that tight pattern when we are competing at the highest levels. Cansh Pope Eley Hawk’s other sponsored was also keen to run the loads in his mag fed shotgun said “ I am really encouraged that a major manufacturer is getting involved with our discipline – little wonder with the growth in number of people participating and the fast-paced aspect of the sport is drawing ever more devotees to it”
Speaking about the load David Thompson Marketing Manager said “ we have spent several months working on this product to reach the exacting standards of the highest parts of the sport. Clearly the requirements are very different and getting the pattern tight enough with a fibre wad which is stipulated by most grounds has been the main challenge we have overcome. It’s important that even through a half choke the pattern is tight for close up targets and reduces the “no shoots” and we are very pleased with the load and it’s performance especially with its patterning and low recoil and loading capabilities. The product will be available to order in January 2020.
Early test videos done by Team Williamson show the low smoke characteristics and reduced muzzle flip due to low recoil
A full Features and benefit sheet can be found here
Background Practical shooting
Practical shotgun is a fast-paced time vs accuracy target discipline which pits the skills of shooters against the clock and a carefully crafted course. The number of targets hit and the time taken on the stage are converted into a hit factor and the highest hit factor wins the stage. It’s a fine balance between Accuracy, Power and Speed of shots to achieve the best scores. The appeal of the sport lies in the diversity of the courses of fire available to the shooter. Targets vary in size, shape, position, and distance from 3 to 60 yards