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I have a 30-06 and it shoots 180 grain bullets well.  What weight should I try first?

Answer
The standard is to reduce grain weight by 20% so; (180 grains)*(.80) = 144 grains.   First try using a 130 or 150 grain to see if it’s accurate.  Then consider what game you are pursuing.  If you are hunting anything smaller than an elk, 150 grains is more than enough.

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I’ve heard that non-lead bullets won’t open and leave pencil-sized holes through the animal, allowing the bullet to go all the way through.  I don’t think that is as good as a lead bullet that stops and deposits all of its energy.  Do non-lead bullets work as well as lead?

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Non-lead bullets are different than lead.  The large exit hole from lead is the result of many fragments tearing the tissue.  This results in lower bullet mass and can result in the bullet staying within the animal.  Non-lead bullets generally keep a shape that allows for deep penetration which results in a deeper, straighter wound channel and the bullet often leaves the animal.  The single exit hole is generally the diameter of the bullet that caused it because the skin of an animal stretches closed.  The internal organs are not the same as skin; they get crushed in a very predictable pattern.  Non-lead bullets are a more precise tool that penetrates in a straight line.  Put the bullet in the right place and expect it to cause large amounts of damage before it exits the animal.

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I have a military surplus rifle/lever rifle/antique rifle that I can’t find ammunition for.  What do I do?

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First, try an online search.  Most military surplus is already made and is for sale as factory ammunition.  If something suitable doesn’t turn up, try a custom ammunition loader.  A custom loader makes boxes of bullets one at a time and can make what you need.

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I used my 300 Ultra Mag to shoot a small California coastal blacktail at 50 yds. with a 150 grain bullet, and the deer ran into the bushes and I had to blood trail it.  When we cut the deer open there was very little damage to the internal organs even though the bullet went right through the vitals without breaking a bone.  It looks like the bullet didn’t open.  Why is that?

Answer
Non-lead bullets need to be appropriate for the animals you are hunting.  The animal needs to give enough resistance to open the bullet, and a deer in the 100 lb range just won’t provide enough resistance.  This rifle may always be too big for that size of animal.  If you have a smaller caliber rifle, consider bringing it hunting instead.

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I’ve heard non-lead costs twice as much.  I’m already paying too much for ammunition.  Where can I find a good deal on ammo?

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There are two things to consider.  Which bullet you want and were you want to buy it.  If price is of no concern and finding the best bullet is the only consideration, then buy custom ammunition.  If the thing that matters most is price, shop online and look for a factory produced bullet that is loaded by a major loader.  Consider ammunition like Winchester 95/5, Federal Trophy Copper.  Either way; ammunition tends to be one of the cheapest parts of the hunt.  Buy ammunition that is accurate for your rifle because shot placement always has been and always will be the most important part of harvesting an animal humanely.

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I can’t get non-lead bullets to group.  Why?

Answer
The interaction between your rifle and the bullet is very complicated.  Try a couple of different brands, and try using bullets 20% lighter than the lead bullets that worked well.  If that doesn’t work call a custom loader and tell them what is going on. We have worked with hundreds of rifles and by trying a couple of different brands of ammunition we can almost always find something that works.

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I like shooting 200 grain .308 ammunition because it has a good BC and I shoot it over 300 yds.  I want to shoot long distances and still have enough power to do damage.  Why should I switch to a smaller bullet?

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A 200 grain non-lead bullet will be up to 1/3 longer than a lead bullet.  This creates stabilization problems and a rifle needs to have a very tight twist rate to cause stabilization to occur.  By reducing a bullet’s grain weight by 20% you get a 160 grain bullet with similar characteristics.  Non-lead bullets can have very good BC’s and can be very accurate.

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Does it fly differently than lead?

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All bullets fly differently and have different points of impact.  Try non-lead at the range and re-zero to it.  The process is the same as switching from one lead bullet to another. 

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I have thousands of bullets made of lead.  What do I do with them now?

Answer
Most public ranges recycle the lead that gets shot into their berms, and lead bullets are great for target practice.



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