We now stock all copper bullets for those in California and other places where studies indicating that potentially toxic lead fragments disperse up to 18 inches from the impacted area. The ecological concerns of wounded animals still having lead fragments or even indoor ranges with excessive lead contaminates have pushed many changes to the way we reload.
Currently California is in Phase II for its plans to implement non-lead ammunition. "Effective July 1, 2016, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken on licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds, and any wildlife for depredation purposes." Other states are following this hunting example although not quite as aggressively. Just a few years ago NBC news provided information on lead poisoning at outside ranges. Poorly ventilated indoor ranges are of course the worse, with airborne particles being not only inhaled but also becoming impregnated onto clothing and shoes. Regardless of your stance on this, the public has decreed that we reduce our lead pollutants, and many of our customers are calling now and making special requests for these types of components. We now carry several of these in stock. Check our Barnes bullets.