Deer stalking

GEORGE WALLACE

I have never used homogeneous bullets (other than those made of pure lead) for stalking deer in Britain.

However, a few years ago I did try some Barnes X bullets in my .338- 06 while on safari in South Africa (yeah, I know; but someone?s got to do it).

I found them just as effective as any others. Hugh Rose of the British Deer Society is presently engaged in experiments in Scotland to determine the effectiveness of such bullets on our British deer and results so far seem reasonably positive.

The usual result of new technology, particularly when driven by loud-mouthed antis, is a huge increase in price.

However, while ordering bullets and brass cases from Messrs. Edgar Brothers of Macclesfield the other day, I enquired about non-lead bullets.

Edgar Bros import them from Nosler, Hornady and Barnes and I was surprised to find that they are about the same price as the standard product and very much cheaper than any of the hi-tech bullets currently available.

I assume the reason is that once the research and development is completed and the assembly line in place, homogeneous bullets are easier ? and therefore cheaper – to produce because they are made in one ?hit? without the need to insert partitions, lead cores, plastic tips or whatever.

On the downside, I have heard that such bullets are now banned in Germany following accidents caused by ricochets.

I have no confirmation of that ? readers may be able to enlighten us? ? but since solid ?brass? (copper alloy) bullets, are much harder than those with a thin copper jacket and a soft lead core, it does seem logical that they will be much more prone to ricochet.