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Best Lead-Free Hunting Ammunition: Is Copper the New Lead?

•, by Tyler Durden

You can find the best lead-free hunting ammo, Barnes VOR-TX, HERE. Or you can keep reading about all of my favorite options in a variety of calibers.

Recommended Lead-Free Hunting Ammunition

Barnes Vor-TX - Best Overall

Winchester Deer Season Copper Impact - Best for Deer Hunting

Hornady CX - Best for Elk

Federal Premium Trophy Copper - Best for bear

Nosler Ballistic Tip - Best for Varmints

Fiocchi Golden Waterfowl 1-? oz. #2 Shellshot - Best for Waterfowl

Best Overall: Barnes VOR-TX


Available and easy to find

Clean-burning for less barrel fouling

High ballistic coefficient

Available in multiple calibers

Great for reloading


Pricier than some other non-lead ammunition

Why We Chose It

Barnes VOR-TX ammunition is top-of-the-line, high-quality, lead-free ammunition that is available in both rifle and pistol calibers. It comes available in many calibers, and it's actually pretty easy to find.

They also come with various designs, grain weights, and are made from a full copper alloy/non-lead construction. I personally love Barnes X-bullets because they can't be beaten on quality, but they also have many variations to offer, so there are factory-loaded lead-free bullets to match any occasion. Let's take a look at what you can get with the VOR-TX line.


Barnes VOR-TX LRX bullets are long-range non-lead ammo for hunting. These all-copper bullets are designed to maximize penetration at expansion at lower velocities while simultaneously reducing drag and flattening the trajectory. TSX bullets are revered for their accuracy, dependability, and lethality.

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