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More Non-Toxic Shot To Be Approved
posted August 23, 2005

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today approved a non-toxic shot type
composed of iron-tungsten-nickel for waterfowl and coot hunting in the
United States. In addition, the Service will publish Wednesday in the
Federal Register proposed approval for four additional nontoxic shot types.

The approved shot manufactured by ENVIRON-Metal Inc. of Sweet Home, Oregon, is composed of 62 percent iron, 25 percent tungsten, and 13 percent nickel

"The Service's approval of ITN shot and its proposal to approve the four
other shot types demonstrates our determination to make it easier for hunters to comply with restrictions on lead shot. Hunters now have more
choices of shot types that will continue to reduce waterfowl's exposure to lead," said Acting Service Director Matt Hogan. "The Service appreciates the efforts of the companies that have developed alternatives to lead shot."

The four shot types under consideration are tungsten-iron-copper-nickel (TICN) shot, comprised of 40-76 percent tungsten, 10-37 percent iron, 9-16 percent copper and 5-7 percent nickel by Spherical Precision, Inc. of Tustin, California;
iron-tungsten-nickel (ITN) alloys composed of 20-70 percent tungsten,
10-40 percent nickel, and 10-70 percent iron by ENVIRON-Metal Inc. of Sweet Home, Oregon; tungsten-bronze (TB) shot made of 60 percent tungsten, 35.1 percent copper, 3.9 percent tin, and 1 percent iron by Olin Corporation of East Alton, Illinois; and tungsten-tin-iron (TTI) shot composed of 58 percent tungsten, 38 percent tin, and 4 percent iron by Nice Shot, Inc., of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Waterfowl can ingest expended lead shot and die from lead poisoning.
Efforts to phase out lead shot began in the 1970s, and a nationwide ban on
lead shot for all waterfowl hunting was implemented in 1991. Canada
instituted a complete ban in 1999.

A study in the mid-1990s suggested that the nationwide ban in the United
States on the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting has had remarkable
success. Six years after the ban, researchers estimated a 64 percent
reduction in lead poisoning deaths of surveyed mallard ducks and a 78
percent decline of lead pellet ingestion. The study found that restriction on lead shot prevented the deaths of thousands of waterfowl.

The approval of this new shot, the list of approved shot types for
waterfowl hunting includes bismuth-tin, iron (steel), iron-tungsten (2
types), iron-tungsten-nickel, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-matrix,
tungsten-nickel-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin-bismuth and

Please submit comments on the four proposed approvals by internet at and follow the links to submit a comment; by e_mail to [email protected] and include "RIN 1018_AU04" in the subject line of the message, by fax to 703_358_2217; by mail to Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP_4107, Arlington, Virginia 22203_1610; or by
hand delivery at Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4501 North Fairfax Drive, Room 4091, Arlington, Virginia 22203_1610; or by the Federal eRulemaking Portal, identified by RIN 1018_AU04, at

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this could be a good thing. maybe this'll help drive down the cost of steel/NTS overall. i know, it's not likely, but a guy can hope right?

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******* said:
Great even more choices of 20 dollar for 10 shells a box shells. I stick with the steel.
******* do you remember the days when lead ruled "Winchester double X Super Mag" 3'' #2s rackem and stackem in a muddy bloody pile ahhhhh those were the days.
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