Bismuth is a brittle, heavy metal that occurs naturally. It's the only
"heavy" metal that's non-toxic, and that means it has become
one of the key ingredients in the shot
made for non-toxic waterfowl-oriented ammunition.
This metal is used in the cosmetics industry and in other industrial
applications (such as in solder), but its use in quality shotshells is
still only a tiny fraction of those shells that are loaded with traditional
lead. This means that a box of good bismuth-based bird ammo is going to
cost you a lot more than your usual game loads. Of course, the cost
of not complying with your
state's regulations will be a lot higher if the game
warden catches you shooting lead out over the wetlands.
Some shooters are also a little confused when they hear "Bismuth"
because there is also a famous manufacturer of non-toxic shotshells called
Bismuth-NoTox. Their ammunition is a real step up from non-toxic
steel shot, but is a little hard to find. Still, you might as well try to
save some money: we've yet to find better prices and quicker delivery on
some hard-to-find shells and manufacturers than at good old Cabelas.
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