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Steel Shot and the Alternatives to Lead – Briefing Document

Updated 22 October 2021

Written by: William Powell Gunroom

Following the widespread discussion about the phasing out of lead shot in shooting and its likely replacement by steel shot; we have prepared a briefing paper that highlights the various aspects and considerations that all shooters need to take note of for an informed and safe transition away from lead shot.

In this paper you will find information about Steel, Bismuth and Tungsten Shot, barrel proof markings, High Performance steel shot cartridges, options for smaller gauges, chamber lengths and forcing cones as well as our advise as to what to do at this current time. 

This is an ever-changing situation and we believe that the information contained in the paper is up to date at this current time of writing. As and when we become aware of any further developments, we will release our further findings.

We hope you find this informative. Should you have any queries, if you would like to discuss any of the information included further, how it affects your own gun or your shooting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our gunroom team and we will assist you as best we can. Email: or call: 01295 701701

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All William Powell guns now come High Performance Steel Shot Proofed as standard. Ensuring that no matter how soon the switch to non-toxic comes, you'll be prepared.

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