When the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and a few of its tree-hugging pals submitted a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for a ban on lead ammunition, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the feds were about to go house-to-house seizing the stuff. Once again, the pro-gun guys played Chicken Little. The EPA curtailed their caterwauling a few days later, denying the petition as a jurisdictional overreach. In other words, they tossed that political hot potato as quickly as they could. And yet, as I’ve argued here before, who’s afraid of lead-free ammo? As CBD founder Kierán Suckling pointed out, lead-free ammo can be extremely effective. OK, yes, it’s significantly more expensive. For now. But check this out . . .
Winchester’s Ballistic Silvertip lead-free bullet recently received the “Best of the Best” Award from Field & Stream magazine. Here’s the presser:
The truly innovative lead-free load takes varmint hunting to a new level, using fragmenting copper core technology to incorporate a lead-free bullet in both .223 Rem. and .22-250 Rem. in the Ballistic Silvertip line.
This technologically advanced bullet brought to you by Winchester and Nosler features a gilding metal jacket and a plastic tip to reduce tip damage and promote long-range performance. The fragmenting copper core is engineered to explode on impact.
Now how much would you pay? Wait! Don’t answer! First, here’s a list of all of Winchester’s lead free ammo:
308 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
375 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
416 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
458 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
223 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
5.56MM Centerfire Rifle
7MM Centerfire Rifle
270 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
300 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
30-06 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
338 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
22-250 Caliber Centerfire Rifle
So, how much does it cost to protect birds from ingesting lead ammo remains with Field & Stream’s award-winning lead-free ammo? Winchester’s a box of 20 lead-free .223 Remington and .22-250 in Ballistic Silvertip cost $26.88 for (.223 @ ableammo.com) and $26.49 for 2o (.22-250 @ midwayusa.com). Worth it?