Is It Time to Try a Better Bullet?
New York Hunting
Fragmentation vs. Mushrooming
Comparison of two .270-caliber bullets shot into a modified rain barrel for collection to simulate performance on game. The copper jacket lead-core bullet (left) is heavily fragmented compared to the solid copper bullet (right) that retained its original shape upon impact.
Shotgun slugs made of copper fold into “petals,” expanding the slug’s surface area better than slugs made of lead.
CT-scan showing lead fragments (appearing white) in 20 one-pound packages of ground venison.
Radiograph of a deer’s chest illustrating fragmentation of a lead ballistic tip rifle bullet.
The damaging effects of lead exposure to humans and wildlife are well known. Lead fragments left behind when you harvest your trophy game animal can remain in the meat and within a gut pile exposing you and scavenging wildlife to lead consumption. While there have been no reports directly linking consumption of wild game taken in New York to sickness in humans, health officials advise there is no safe dose, particularly in young children. Many wildlife species are especially sensitive to lead poisoning, becoming debilitated even with small doses.
Today’s alternative monolithic bullets, typically made of copper, perform exceptionally well at taking game, and as availability increases, can be had at a cost similar to premium ammunition.
Now is a good time to ensure your wild game meat is of the highest quality, and what is left behind doesn’t continue to kill long after the shot is over. It’s a good time to try a better bullet.
Non-Lead Ammunition for…
• Good Hunting
• Improved Conservation
• High-Quality Meat
• Safer Consumption