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Hunting ammunition

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Buy hunting ammunition 

Hunting ammunition and hunting weapons are inextricably linked. Of course it is important to choose the right ammunition for your hunting weapon.

Hunting ammunition is available for:

  • Hunting shotguns (shot ammunition) suitable for hunting small game
  • Hunting bullet guns (bullet ammunition) capable of hunting large game (except for small calibre such as .22 and 223)

1. Shot ammunition

You purchase shot ammunition based on your calibre shotgun and the desired cartridge-number. The choice of shot ammunition depends on the calibre (diameter) of your shotgun.  The most common and permitted calibres to hunt with are the calibres of:

  • 12 mm
  • 6 mm
  • 20 mm

Cartridge-numbers

The higher the number, the smaller the size of the shot inside the cartridge, but the more shot the cartridge contains. A high number such as a six or a seven therefore gives more spread, but has less impact. A low number like 3 or 4 (for example geese) has a lot of impact, but less spread. The  numbers vary from 00 (double zero) to 9 (also called sparrow dust). 

An exception are the so-called Brennekes. These are solid bullets that can be shot with a shotgun. Brennekes also have a disadvantage: they lose accuracy at distances greater than fifty metres.

Environmentally friendly

Since the use of lead is prohibited in the Netherlands and some other country’s cartridges are made of steel or bismuth. The tubes in which the shot is located (the wads) are nowadays mostly made of plastic. Since these are often left behind in the field, more and more manufacturers are experimenting with environmentally friendly biodegradable wads. An example of this is Gamebore Silversteel Fibre.

The following brands are reformed suppliers of hunting ammunition:

  • Blaser
  • Clever
  • Eley Hawk
  • Gamebore
  • Hornady
  • Hull Cartridges
  • RWS
  • Coated
  • Sako
  • Sellier & Bellot
  • TulAmmo 

2. Bullet Ammunition

Bullet are purchased based on the right calibre and the type of bullet and bullet-point. It is important that you keep in mind which game species you want to hunt.

 

 

Difference between hunting ammunition and military ammunition

The big difference between hunting ammunition and military ammunition is the desired effect. The aim of hunting ammunition is to kill the game as quickly as possible. But with military ammunition, taking the opponent out of combat is the desired effect. This fact therefore has an impact on the composition of the ammunition. Military ammunition is made of fullmantle patterns.

With hunting patterns (so-called partial jacket patterns) it is important that there is a large energy transfer (deformation) on the piece of game with the greatest lethal impact. For this purpose, bullet points are used that strongly deform. This is best done when the bullet tip consists of a part harder material (the shell of the ball) and a part softer material such as lead, the core of the bullet.

The more the bullet-point deforms, the greater the energy release on the piece of game, the greater the shock effect and thus the killing power. The killing power therefore depends on the type of bullet point, but also on the speed. Bullets are available in many shapes and sizes, all with their own ballistic characteristics. A specialist from the specialist shop can provide you with adequate information. Some of the most important brands are: Blaser, RWS, Hornady, Geco, Sako, Norma et cetera.

Alternative to factory ammunition

An alternative to buying so-called factory ammunition is self loading. Here you buy all parts separately and assemble the cartridges yourself.

With the following hunting weapons it is forbidden to hunt in the Netherlands:

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