Originally Posted by TrueNorth
So, perhaps a dumb question, but I have a bunch of Federal 12 ga #8 target loads, and although I can't find it now for the life of me I swear that when I bought the case that it said "not for hunting" or "for target use only" or something like that.
Is anyone familiar with that, and either way is there a reason that I wouldn't want to hunt with target ammo?
I guess that it being lead shot that there are environmental reasons if I were waterfowl shooting as it would poison the water. (hence why steel shot is sold). Aside from that is the target lead not "food safe" or extra dirty as it is not meant for hunting?
As always I appreciate the responses!
Is it 12 ga 3 drams powder and 1 ounce shot? Small game, dove, squirrel, rabbit, etc. inside 30 yards, likely ok.
I am 51 years old and have eaten game of all types shot with lead all of my life, no adverse effects on health so far. Well maybe those extra helpings of mashed 'taters and gravy were problematic.
Target lead shot is no different than game loads. Some specialty loads may be coated with copper or something, e.g. Federal's turkey loads.