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Old 11-19-2020, 1:11 PM
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Question CA hunting ammo

A friend who has never hunted before asked me about hunting for pigs in California.

He has a 6.5 Creedmoor and I started looking for CA compliant ammo.

Is there a list of CA compliant Lead Free loaded ammo by brand?


I found these...

https://www.hornady.com/bullets/gmx#!/

https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/horn...ire-rifle-ammo
Fully California compatible and appropriate for use in areas requiring the use of non-traditional bullets, GMX® is ideal for any sized game, from antelope to moose.

I also believe some of the Barnes are lead free...


Is there a decent resource to find CA compliant hunting ammo for a rifle?
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Old 11-19-2020, 1:16 PM
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Kinda, DFG has an approved list but it’s misleading. The ammo has to be on the list AND expanding. There are lots of non expanding bullets on the list mixed in.

Basically get anything with Barnes ttsx or tsx and you are good to go.
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Basically get anything with Barnes ttsx or tsx and you are good to go.
this is correct
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Old 11-19-2020, 2:12 PM
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If shooting that caliber he should start reloading. I do for all my non lead hunting ammo.
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https://wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Nonl...tion/Certified
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Old 11-21-2020, 9:58 AM
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I'm in the same boat as your friend, and what I've found for factory hunting ammo that's legal in CA is:

The Hornady Outfitter with the 120gr GMX bullet

Federal Premium with the Barnes TSX 130gr bullet

Nosler with their E-tip 120gr bullet

FWIW, I've found the Hornady and the Federal with the Barnes TSX to be extremely accurate in my rifle, so it's not as if you're losing anything by using the CA comliant ammo. I haven't shot the Nosler E-tip factory ammo yet, but their other stuff is good quality.
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CVShooter pointed out the list.

Note the list enumerates both loaded ammo AND bullets.

I would feel comfortable shooting ammo from a vendor that isn't on the list if I knew it was loaded with a bullet that IS on the list. I.e. shooting ammo manufactured by "Super Duper Kill-em-all Munitions" with Barnes TTSX bullets would be fine IMO.
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I hand load my lead free ammo. Hand loaded ammo is not on any list. If they want one they can have.
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