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Mountain Zebra Skin. Credit: USFWS

Publications & ID Notes

SHOT PELLETS

LEAD SHOT

STEEL SHOT

Eley Tungsten-Poly

BISMUTH-TIN SHOT

TUNGSTEN IRON SHOT

TIN SHOT

CUBIC LEAD

ZINC SHOT

TUNGSTEN-MATRIX SHOT

WHOLE PELLETS

SURFACE TEXTURES

SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY OF SELECTED SHOT PELLETS

by Mary-Jacque Mann of the US FWS Forensics Laboratory Ashland, Oregon

SHOT PELLETS IN THIS GUIDE

Most of the shot shells presented within this ID Guide were purchased in the United States at sporting good stores or through catalogues.  Shells that were not easily obtained in the U.S. were donated to the Forensic Laboratory ammunition reference collection.  We gratefully acknowledge shot shell donations from the Metropolitan Laboratory Forensic Science Services in London, England, and StreamSystems Inc. of Concord, California.

Disclaimer: The brand name shells used to exemplify shot types in this presentation were, unless otherwise noted, randomly selected for graphic purposes. Their presence is not intended to infer product endorsement or non-endorsement.

Lead Shot
Lead Shot link 
Steel Shot
Steel Shot link 
Eley Tungsten-Poly Shot
Eley Tungsten-Poly shot link
  Bismuth-Tin Shot
Bismuth-Tin Shot link 

 Tungsten-Iron Shot
  Tungsten-Iron Shot link 

Tin Shot
   White Tin Shot linkWhite
   Black Tin Shot linkBlack
Cubic Lead
Cubic Lead Shot link
Zinc Shot
Zinc Shot link
Tungsten-Matrix Shot
Tungsten-Matrix Shot link

 

This ID Guide also includes two comparison pages that show different shot types on one page:  whole pellet imagessurface texture images.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Unless a specified shot formulation is approved as nontoxic by the U.S.FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE, it may not be used for hunting waterfowl within the United States.

For information on the approval process for nontoxic shot, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Management Office in Arlington, VA  (703-358-1714).

For information regarding hunting regulations in specific areas of the U.S., contact the nearest office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, or a State wildlife law enforcement office.

For information regarding migratory bird hunting regulations in Canada, contact the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada.

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