One of our aims is to reduce our environmental impact, both in the design process of our products and during our hunting activities. Furthermore, the law regarding single-use lead and plastic is becoming stricter.
To support this development, our team are working on the ammunition design by adopting lead substitutes such as copper or steel, and by designing a rapid biodegradable wad. Want to know more? You're in the right place
As a result of the ecological transition in progress and to protect our hunting grounds, the use of lead is tending to disappear. For some years now, many pioneering countries have been questioning this material and its negative effects: Canada, for example is encouraging its hunting population to limit its use.
Within a few years, the ban on the sale of and the use of lead ammunition should come into force in Europe. Attention, this restriction should begin sooner for bullets (Brenneke types, rifle bullets).
This ban is a logical consequence of the law on wetlands of December 2020. Note that this prohibits the use of lead ammunition in and around wetlands and within a 100 m perimeter (buffer zone). It also means that those using lead ammunition must prove that they are not using it in the areas concerned.
Don't panic, there are many substitutes for lead which have just as many qualities. This is why we are designing a range of lead-free ammunition at Solognac. For the change to be effective, are also counting on you to make this transition work.
This project clearly falls under our aim to better preserve our hunting grounds in order to reduce the impact we have on our environment. It took almost three years to be able to find a solution, but now we can say that our eco-designed wad addresses our main concerns: reducing our environmental impact.
For those who are not used to this type of lead-free ammunition, you must pay attention to two important points:
First, you will need to know a few key points about your gun like with all ammunition. First of all, the gauge and case length: 12/70 mm, 12/76 mm, 20/70 mm, etc. generally the first figure corresponds to the gauge and the second to the length of the case.
Once you know your gauge, the second point is specific to lead-free ammunition. You will need to know if your gun has undergone the steel ball test represented by a fleur-de-lis stamped on the barrel.
Modern guns very often are steel ball and 76 (magnum) chambered and allow a wide range of ammunition to be fired without fear. As for older guns, often with a chamber of 70 or less and very rarely tested, you will have to use suitable ammunition in the form of “low-pressure” or “standard” cartridges, which are less effective than their “high performance” counterparts, but still perform well at moderate distances.
Now that you are convinced by this new ammunition, don’t hesitate to test it. It's thanks to you that this change will be possible!