by James W Aris

As more people make the transition, there is going to be a growing demand for lead-free cartridges. Cartridge manufacturers are committed to this change, however, the industry has been under immense pressure due to disrupted global logistics supply chains and commodity shortages caused by the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Now is a good time to place your orders and ensure you’re well-stocked for the season ahead. Making your local gun shop aware of your interest or requirements in advance will also help cartridge manufacturers gauge demand and plan accordingly.

In April 2021, the National Game Dealers Association (NGDA) announced plans to refuse fur and feathered game shot with lead from July 2022, and the number of shoots signed up to British Game Assurance (BGA) standards, where lead-free shot alternatives are recommended, is growing with every season that passes.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • If your shoot supplies an Approved Game Handling Establishment (AGHE), you will need to find out if they will require you to go lead free this year.
  • If you manage a shoot, it is important that you have arrangements in place for the sale or consumption of the anticipated bag in advance of all shoot days.
  • As a shooter, if you are required by the shoots you are visiting to use lead-free ammunition for the coming season, it would be wise to place your order now with your local gun shop to avoid disappointment.
  • Remember that this announcement from the NGDA also applies to rifle-shot game. Manufacturers of rifle ammunition are also suffering from supply chain issues and high demand, so the same applies here – speak to your local stockist to determine which calibres are most affected.

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