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Certified Nonlead Ammunition

  • Shotgun ammunition containing pellets composed of materials approved as nontoxic by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as identified in Section 507.1 (Title 14, CCR) is considered certified. NOTE: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may review and approve applications for other types of non-toxic shot throughout the year -- link opens in new windowSee the full list of approved shot types.
  • While the Department has certified various nonlead alternative projectiles for hunting with firearms, big game may only be taken by rifles using centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles. Projectiles designed as frangible (disintegrating) or fractional (separates into distinct parts) are not a legal method of take for big game species (as defined in Sections 350, 353 and 475(c), T14, CCR).
  • The following table lists currently certified non-lead ammunition (choose a link to go to the manufacturer's current information). This certified list will be updated as new applications are received and approved.
Name Date Application Received Date Application Approved
Ammo Brothers (PDF) September 22, 2008 September 25, 2008
Barnes Bullets, Inc. (PDF) April 16, 2008 April 28, 2008
Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing (PDF) August 18, 2011 October 11, 2011
Black Hills Ammunition (PDF) June 10, 2008 July 2, 2008
Blackstone Ammunition (PDF) October 9, 2014 October 21, 2014
California Republic Bullets (PDF)
 June 26, 2015
 June 30, 2015
CCI - Speer (PDF) April 15, 2008 April 28, 2008
Cutting Edge Bullets (PDF) February 26, 2010 October 21, 2015 (rev.)
Custom Cartridge, Inc. (PDF) March 14, 2008 April 28, 2008
Dakota Ammo (COR-BON/Glaser) (PDF) April 16, 2008 April 28, 2008
D Dupleks Ltd. (PDF) March 2, 2010 March 16, 2010
Dynamic Research Technologies (DRT) (PDF) July 29, 2009 September 8, 2009
Federal Premium Ammunition (PDF) April 15, 2008 April 28, 2008
G2 Research, Inc. (PDF) April 9, 2015 April 21, 2015
GS Custom Bullets LLC (PDF) January 14, 2012 February 2, 2012
James Gilmore (PDF)
November 24, 2015 January 14, 2016
Hasler Bullets (PDF)
August 20, 2015 October 14, 2015
HD Custom Rifles and Ammunition, LLC (HammerBullets) (PDF)
March 25, 2016 April 28, 2016
Hornady Mfg. Co (PDF) December 8, 2008 December 29, 2008
HPR Ammunition (PDF) September 23, 2014 September 30, 2014
International Cartridge Company (PDF) August 12, 2008 September 4, 2008
Lehigh Defense, LLC (PDF) June 10, 2014 July 29, 2014
Liberty Ammunition, Inc. (PDF) September 9, 2013 October 22, 2013
Magtech Ammunition Company (PDF) September 11, 2008 October 20, 2008
McGuire Grinding (PDF)  April 17, 2015  April 30, 2015
Miwall Corporation (PDF) September 23, 2008 October 20, 2008
Monolithic Munitions LLC (PDF) January 14, 2012 February 2, 2012
Nammo Lapua Oy (PDF) July 31, 2012 September 5, 2012
North Fork Bullets (PDF) January, 27 2009 February 23, 2009
Nosler, Inc. (PDF) March 25, 2008 April 28, 2008
OATH Corporation (PDF) October 20, 2015 November 23, 2015
OPG Gun Ventures, LLC (PDF) June 11, 2012 June 25, 2012
P-Bar Co., LLC (PDF) November 30, 2009 January 4, 2010
PolyCase Ammunition, LLC (PDF) January 09, 2015 February 2, 2015
Remington Arms Co., LLC (PDF) March 25, 2008 April 28, 2008
Sig Sauer (PDF) January 13, 2016 April 28, 2016
Sinterfire, Inc (PDF) May 29, 2008 July 2, 2008
Sellier & Bellot (PDF) May 31, 2013 July 22, 2013
Snake River Ammunition (PDF) August 31, 2009 September 14, 2009
Solid Copper Bullet (PDF) August 18, 2014 October 10, 2014
Stars & Stripes Ammunition (PDF) August 15, 2008 September 11, 2008
Styria Arms (PDF) February 10, 2011 March 1, 2011
TomBob Outdoors, LLC (PDF) March 15, 2010 April 21, 2010
Velocity Tactics (PDF)
January 19, 2016 January 25, 2016
Weatherby, Inc. (PDF) May 29, 2008 July 2, 2008
Winchester Ammunition (PDF) April 7, 2008 April 28, 2008


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