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Tue Dec 23, 2014, 08:42 PM

13. Steel is a poor substitute for lead

The reason lead works so well is that it deforms readily on impact, and that it's greater density means it carries energy further, making lead bullets hit harder at longer range. Both translate into more humane hunting, as the animal dies faster from it's wounds. There are all-copper bullets available that do expand, and are far better than steel bullets, but are also far more expensive to shoot with.

The only hunters who use steel are those hunting waterfowl with shotguns, and they typically limit their ranges to less than 50 yards.

Even the military surplus steel-core or steel-jacketed ammo still available here still uses mostly lead in it's construction.

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