First Look: B&P Upland Game Classic

posted on September 27, 2023
Mainupland Game Classic

Baschieri & Pellagri USA (B&P), has announced the latest addition to its Upland Game line: Upland Game Classic. This product is designed to optimize the performance of bespoke and vintage shotguns. Given its lower pressures, it is particularly ideal for side-by-side (SXS) and over-under (O/U) shotguns, over older recoil-operated actions.

B&P's standard Upland Game line is designed for any sort of upland quarry, from grouse to hare. With offerings all in nickel-plated lead, Upland Game is available in shot sizes 4, 5, 6, 7.5 and 8; in 12-gauge, 20-gauge, 28-gauge and .410-bore. Upland Game Classic, however, currently only comes in 12-gauge, with 1-ounce, 6- 7.5- or 8-shot loads of chilled, nickel-plated lead, in old-style European 2.5-inch shotshells. Brass height is 20mm. Whether it’s an afternoon of shooting clays or a morning of busting coveys, Upland Game Classic promises to allow "ol' reliable" to perform on every shot, with possibly the softest-shooting load on the market. This does cause a slight reduction in velocity, of course, with loads leaving the barrel around 1,160 fps.

Unlike modern performance shotshells, Upland Game Classic is specifically engineered to deliver reliable payloads at reduced pressures for classic double guns, with all the benefits of the Gordon System. The Gordon System is a unique way of designing shotshells that B&P patented in the late 1970s. Both the bottom of the cartridge and its basewad are conically shaped, which combine with a shock-absorbing spring in the wad to reduce recoil and optimize powder combustion. This allows for a more efficient use of energy, which is crucial not only for dropping game, but when attempting to get the most out of a vintage scattergun, without over-pressuring its action unnecessarily, or burning out a barrel.

For more information on B&P shotshells, from old-fashioned Upland Game Classic, to more modern Dual Bismuth, visit


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