Copper and other “monolithic” ammo: Lethal on deer and good for conservation
By Gordon Batcheller, Chief Wildlife Biologist, NYS DEC
When I dropped the hammer, the deer dropped in her tracks. I witnessed the same performance four times last fall. One shot: a clean, quick kill. I was impressed with my new copper slugs and bullets. They did the job. Ammo manufacturers are now producing high-tech bullets and slugs to meet a growing market in non-lead rounds for big game hunting. My 20 gauge shotgun and .308 rifle are loaded with pure copper ammo. Other manufacturers are producing similar “monolithic” bullets from alloys, all of which share one thing in common: they contain no lead. And, they work. As New York’s Chief Wildlife Biologist, I am encouraging New York’s deer hunters to take a look at options for high-tech ammo. You’ll be impressed with the performance of these non-lead rounds. There are other benefits from making the switch to copper and other monolithic bullets and slugs—you will produce more high-quality venison with less meat damage, and you will eliminate the risk that scavenging wildlife, particularly eagles, will get sick or die from eating lead fragments. Non-lead: Good for hunting; good for high quality venison; good for conservation.
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