7mllrds wrote:Maybe not the end of hunting but it's about conservation and ethics. Many more birds are crippled and lost as a result of steel vs lead. If you don't believe that, you never shot lead. The same will be true with the big game ammunition. Our deer population really can't withstand that, nor is it ethical. Can deer be killed with non-lead ammunition? Sure. They can be killed with just about anything with a well placed shot. But how far that deer will travel before it dies and whether it will be recovered will be a different story. Anyone who thinks copper bullets are as good as lead have not used them in the field to any great extent. Just because they shoot tight groups on paper does not mean that they're terminal ballistics are as good as lead.
I disagree with this one. I switched to lead free bullets in my deer rifles years ago, prior to any lead ban nonsense because I found them to actually work better than lead cored bullets (and yes, I shot lead enough to see a difference). I can load my .270wsm with a 110 grain copper bullet sped up to 3525 fps, get better penetration, equal terminal performance, and it shoots about as flat as my .22-250. The 120 grain pills really pepped up my 7x57mm Mauser too.
That being said, I believe that its total crap that people should be forced to use them if they don't like them.