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Lead replacement for bullets

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Just curious. With the push to eliminate lead shot and lead lures, what are the implications of eliminating lead bullets for centerfire cartridges? Is there a suitable substitute that wouldn't require a barrel replacement? I'm assuming that our barrels wouldn't take it very well to use something harder.

Bob

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I have heard depleted uranium works pretty well wink

Seriously though, I have heard about 100% copper bullets and copper jacketed tungsten alloys.

I don't do a lot of centerfire shooting though and I (of course) use steel for waterfowl.

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I have used Barnes Triple Shock for a couple years. These bullets exceed any lead one I have used in the past. However, they are more expensive.

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I also use Barnes Triple Shock bullets. They are 100% copper and are very effective. Near 100% weight retention and no lead so no contamination problem. They aren't cheap but they work well in my Model 70 300WSM.

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All copper bullets are fine for barrels. California has already banned lead bullets. I think it's just a matter of time before it is banned elsewhere including here. I haven't made the switch to the barnes bullet yet but I will soon.

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I'm expecting with the latest push to eliminate lead that you are probably right. It's a matter of time.

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Yeah, last year's flap about lead fragments in food shelf venison didn't help either. At some point they'll complain about copper fragments too.

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Yeah, that'll be next. It won't be long and we'll be hunting with paint balls.

Bob

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I personally wouldn't be stocking up too much. The only thing you will be able to shoot the lead at may be targets.

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