Copper bullets better than lead for hunters in some ways

Copper bullets better than lead for hunters in some ways

With a new year underway, it can be fun trying new things with your firearms.

For example, over the past year, there has been a shortage of rifle and shotgun ammunition across the state. If your supply is getting low or you just want to try something different, consider copper bullets for your hunting rifle.

Larry Babal, salesman at Sporting Goods Discounters in Johnstown, holds a .308 rifle shell with a lead bullet and beside a .243 caliber a red-tipped copper bullet side by side on Feb.  23, 2022. Some hunters are considering copper bullets for hunting deer.

Over the past decade, it’s been well documented that raptors like eagles are developing lead poison from fragments of lead that are found in dead animals. Deer hunters leave the organs of their deer in the woods and varmint hunters are known to leave rodents like groundhogs in the woods and along fields.

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