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Untamed1972
10-12-2011, 7:52 AM
Like the title says....I have a pig hunt booked for mid-Nov and it's in a condor area so I need NON-LEAD .308 hunting ammo suitable for takin' down pigs. Who makes it? Where to get it? I'm in San Diego for local purchase or mail order works too.

Thanks

jmzhwells
10-12-2011, 7:56 AM
Federal loads the Barnes TSX, which is a great bullet. Winchester makes the nosler E-tip, Should be able to find one of those at Walmart. If not, midwayusa.com or cabelas or whichever online retailer you choose.

Whiterabbit
10-12-2011, 8:05 AM
Or a local sports shop. Ask for lead free and they'll have it.

I'll bet even big 5 has lead free stuff. At least one option in 308.

Untamed1972
10-12-2011, 8:06 AM
Cool! Thanks.....will check that out ASAP. Wanted to get some soon so I can cycle a few rounds and check the zero with the ammo I'm gonna use.

JaeFern
10-12-2011, 8:14 AM
I've been looking for the same thing and 3 different Walmarts and 2 different Big 5s with no luck. I hope your hunt goes better than mine.

-Jae from my Photon 4G

Untamed1972
10-12-2011, 8:27 AM
I see in .308 federal has the BTSX in 150gr. and 165gr. Should I go 165gr for the little piggies? I was told most shots will likely be from 100yds or less in the areas we will be hunting.

Sportsmansguide has it for $33 a box.

Whiterabbit
10-12-2011, 9:43 AM
Typical recommendations from people more knowledgeable than me are to go with a lighter bullet when switching to non lead. They say penetration is increased (alot) with all-coppers. So if you typically hunt with a 150 SP and go to non-lead, you might already be bringing more gun than needed.

Untamed1972
10-12-2011, 9:55 AM
Typical recommendations from people more knowledgeable than me are to go with a lighter bullet when switching to non lead. They say penetration is increased (alot) with all-coppers. So if you typically hunt with a 150 SP and go to non-lead, you might already be bringing more gun than needed.

I just emailed that guide we are hunting with and he suggested the 165gr. The .308 is all I have, other than .223 which he said was a no-go. My brother was thinking of using a .30-30 and he said even that is considered a little on the light side for pigs. He's the pro, so I guess I will defer to his recommendations.

Good to know about the all copper though and extra penetration though.

Sub95
10-12-2011, 10:37 AM
For .308 i have not seen copper ammo at a walmart or big 5 try a bigger gun shop they might have them, so i would call around first, if no luck better order some.

165 tsx p308H and barnes loads there own to

Barnes 21541 VOR-TX 308 Win TTSX-BT 168gr. i would prefer this over the 165 tsx

before shooting these clean your barrel really good.

and wait for the price tag on these loaded ammo Around $45 shipped for 20, one reason why most of us hunters reload are own copper.

Howie44
10-12-2011, 2:47 PM
When I am using a .308, I've got the non-lead off the shelf at Turners for about $33 a box

Which Way Out
10-12-2011, 2:55 PM
If you want to get real serious take a look at this company. Bill can make anything you want.

sales@customcartridge.com

Untamed1972
10-12-2011, 3:06 PM
When I am using a .308, I've got the non-lead off the shelf at Turners for about $33 a box

will hafta check them out too....thanks for the heads up.

TrailerparkTrash
10-13-2011, 2:38 AM
If you want the best "lead free", check out Double Tap ammo.

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_52&products_id=360

http://www.doubletapammo.com

Howie44
10-13-2011, 5:19 AM
^^^If you have time to mail order, I agree with Mr. Trailerpark. This is where I get my lead free 7.62x54R now. Good ammo