Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lead-Free Ammo for Hunting

USA --(, there is a lot of discussion right now about changes to our gun laws as a result of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.

This article is not about gun control or the Second Amendment, but rather about removing toxic materials from hunting ammunition and fishing tackle.

For the past decade there has been debate over regulation or restrictions on the use of lead ammunition for hunting activities that cause lead exposure and poisoning for birds and other wildlife. 

The effectiveness, cost and availability of copper and other non-lead hunting ammunition has dramatically improved in recent years. Increasing numbers of hunters are switching to non-lead rounds because they are better for hunting, better for wildlife, and safer for hunters and their families.

Almost three hundred groups from around the country have joined the Center for Biological Diversity’s call to finally phase lead out of lead hunting ammunition. For the sake of people, wildlife and a lead-free environment, it’s time to make this happen.

Let’s be clear about what this is, and isn’t, about. This has nothing to do with restricting hunting or the Second Amendment. Our organization has hunters and non-hunters as members. Many hunting groups are promoting non-lead ammunition. The legal effort to restrict lead in hunting ammunition and fishing equipment has everything to do with getting toxic lead out of our environment and nothing to do with restrictions on hunting and fishing. Nothing.
There are good reasons we took lead out of gasoline, plumbing, house paints and children’s toys! Lead is an extremely toxic material that is dangerous at almost any level to all life forms.
Fortunately, there are proven, effective alternatives to lead for nearly every caliber of ammunition used in hunting. A recent scientific article, Lead-Free Hunting Rifle Ammunition: Product Availability, Price, Effectiveness, and Role in Global Wildlife Conservation, found that:
  • Lead-free bullets are made in 35 calibers and 51 rifle cartridge designations;
  • 37 companies distribute lead-free bullets internationally;
  • There is no major difference in the retail price of equivalent lead-free and lead-core ammunition for most popular calibers;
  • Lead-free ammunition has set bench-mark standards for accuracy, lethality and safety.
(Vernon George Thomas, Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment, 4 January 2013).


  1. The fact that you post this tells me that it's all about making ammunition too expensive and difficult to obtain for ordinary citizens.

    1. Poor persecuted gun owners. Why can't you accept that some people want what's best for the country?

    2. We do. You don't. It's that simple.

  2. I really like the idea of keeping heavy metals out our environment. I am also concerned that alternative (lead-free) ammunition will be expensive. Last time I checked, lead free shotgun ammunition is a lot more expensive than lead or steel shotgun shells. So I don't know where this article gets the information that lead-free ammunition is no more expensive than ammunition with lead.

    I would very much like to explore alternatives that are at least similar in price to lead ammunition.

  3. Lead also has the advantage of being dense. That increases accuracy and penetration. Other metals with similar characteristics? Gold and uranium.