I do not typically review products on social media . However , I must say that I am EXTREMELY pleased with the Lyavale Express brand of 12 Bore shot gun cartridges . I recently purchased a box of their 36 gram 2.75 inch AAA cartridges a few days back ( merely to try them out ) . These cartridges hold 44 pellets of specially hardened English AAA .
Today , I had the good fortune to partake in a most rewarding shikar for Greylag Geese with a few friends of mine . Those Lyavale Express AAA cartridges made me an extremely content shikaree .
I loaded up my old Belgian shot gun with a Lyavale Express AAA cartridge in the fully choked left barrel and the modified choked right barrel . At 50 yards , I gave a flying Greylag Geese the contents of my right barrel ... somewhat hesitant whether I had taken too long a shot .
However , the Lyavale Express AAA certainly did not disappoint . The goose dropped to the very 1st shot , and the recoil was not unpleasant in the slightest.
I used the 2nd barrel to dispatch another Greylag Goose which was escaping after being wounded by the son of a friend ( the young man was using a " Super X " # 4 buck shot cartridge from the brand , Winchester which held 27 pellets , in his 12 Bore Ithaca Model 37 modified choke pump shot gun .) This shot was also taken at little over 50 yards .
After returning home , I measured the weight of my Greylag Goose and he weighed a quite respectable 5 pounds .
7 pellets of AAA were what had laid the majestic bird low .
I personally view the Lyavale Express AAA cartridges as infinitely superior to the old ICI Eley Alphamax 36 gram 2.75 inch AAA cartridges , which I grew up shooting during my youth . The old Eley Alphamax AAA cartridges could not be expected to hold a decent pattern at any ranges longer than 35 yards , and several of the AAA pellets would invariably deform when being fired through the fully choked barrel of my " Old Belgian " .
However , the Lyavale Express 36 gram 2.75 inch AAA cartridges hold an unrivalled pattern out to even 50 yards and even when used through the fully choked barrel of my " Old Belgian " ... the results put the old ICI Eley Alphamax AAA cartridges of my old days to shame .
I cannot wait to try these cartridges out on our next driven hunt for Kakar deer ( Munjtac deer ) later during this year . I am confident that I shall not be left disappointed .
I sincerely apologise for the inappropriate format of this crude " review " . However , this is the very 1st time in my life that I am reviewing something on social media and therefore , I hope I am forgiven .
As for Lyavale Express ... They certainly have found a new customer in me !
Now , I have a beautiful Greylag Goose which needs roasting ( the 1st of 2020 ) .