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Published on Jul 12, 2008
Ballistic gel and a modified rain barrel were used in this study to compare the penetration and fragmentation differences found between lead and copper bullets. The study was performed after a group of avid hunter/biologists x-rayed deer shot by lead bullets and noticed the large number of lead fragments left behind in the carcass. Several recent studies have linked the ingestion of spent lead ammunition to lead poisoning in wildlife. Concern has grown with the realization that we as hunters may have also been ingesting similar lead fragments left behind in our game. The harmful effects of lead have long been known and include brain damage, nerve damage, hearing and vision impairment, reproduction problems, fetal development issues, behavioral problems, reduced attention span, irritability, insomnia, poor muscle coordination, and in extreme cases, death. It is no wonder that as a society we have removed lead from paint, gasoline, and water pipes. It now may be time to consider using non-lead ammunition to put clean meat on the table and safeguard the health of your family.