Hogg told me both Fiocchi and B&P are ramping up to manufacture the kind of high-quality shells serious bird hunters want for grouse, chukars, Huns, quail — all the classic North American game birds. “Whether you shoot grandpa’s vintage 12 gauge pump or a modern autoloader or a classic side-by-side or sleek over-under, if you’re a dyed in wool, serious bird hunter, we want to make the best shells for you.”
Based on what I saw from 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, and 28 gauge shells during our Wings of Thunder preserve shoot, they are well on their way. We were cold cocking roosters at the usual upland bird distance, but also at crazy ranges like 50 and 60 yards (Mark, David, and Christian can shoot!) But Kali set the record to beat all records, tumbling a rooster hit but still powering away at a rangefinder measured 80 yards! That, undoubtedly, was a “golden BB” from a Golden Pheasant shell, but it highlights the kind of performance Fiocchi is shooting for.
Fiocchi has been importing hulls and primers from Italy and loading their USA shells at a plant in the Missouri Ozarks. A larger facility is under construction now. It will be building not only shotshells, but most of the centerfire rifle and pistol cartridges Fiocchi sells, too.
“Our goal is to significantly increase our output volume while maintaining or even increasing quality,” Hogg said. “To that end we’re finalizing some new bullets and adding new loading capacity.”
Given the current shortage of ammo of all types and sizes, this is welcomed news. And if the Fiocchi and B&P ammo are all as good as the pheasant shells we tested last week, bring it on.
Fiocchi shotshell Fabarm 20 gauge shotgun Wings of Thunder pheasant hunt — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com