Non lead rimfire bullets – is this the end of the .22?

The National Smallbore Rifle Associations is calling on all shooters to make their voices heard about the government’s consultation [PDF] on changing the law on lead ammunition.

The NSRA does not agree with the current proposals. It says they are ‘disproportionate and, in many areas, not adequately evidenced’. It also says the changes are unnecessary as there is legislation in place that covers lead contamination in water, food and animal feed.

The NRSA is urging all shooters to complete the consultation questions, even if they can only answer a few. It warns the government will look at how many people complete the consultation, and of these how many were for a ban on lead, and how many were not.

The association warns ‘the anti gun and anti lead lobby will not hold back and if their voice is louder than ours we lose’.

What happens if they ban lead ammo for rimfires? Tim Pilbeam tests non toxic ammunition for .22 and .17HMR. While the .17HMR results are OK, the .22 results are disastrous. Does this mark the end of one of the world’s most popular calibres?

Tim tries out the following rounds:
Non-toxic Winchester 15.5gr,
Hornady 17gr V-MAX 17HMR lead-free
CCI 17gr CCI
26-grain Winchester Varmint LF in .22
24-grain RWS High Velocity Green in .22

Tim’s results come in the same week that the UK’s National Smallbore Rifle Association comes out against a lead bullet ban.  

In addition to our video, Jon Bailey from Staffordshire shop Bailey’s Shooting tests Norma Eco Speed:

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