Or not.The federal government - EPA has closed the last lead mining/smelter in the USA last year. This was ABSOLUTELY aimed at gun owners and not anything related to saving the earth. Pure BS!
Their plant that makes bullets is in Utah and it's very costly to make copper bullets ! Barnes got bought up by ATK industries ( the same folks own Lake city who makes government ammo in both Nevada and Missouri , the also own CCI and federal ammo ) the alternative ammo sales is depressed because of the price and since they have brought out tungsten waterfowl ammo the price is even going higher ( they have figured out how to make waterfowl ammo really good now ) the only thing that saves us is if you don't hunt near water , you still can use lead shot on geese or ducks . It's in the fed regs .It would be interesting to find out if Barnes somehow funded/supported lead free hunting ammunition legislation. (Kind of like how Ruger supported the '94 AWB) They have a near monopoly on solid copper bullets.
Semi-only beltfeds like the M53, Mg42s, Mg34's, then the Hakims, G/K43, G41, and Mausers, many, many Mausers, I gather if they can build a Cali-legal M53/Mg42 clone you can rip through quite a few rounds in semi on those, add a large population of citizens, maybe that is it,,,,good question though.How I know you didn't read the article: "8mm demand in California will exceed the entire production of U.S. alternative 8mm rounds by 1,094 percent" Who uses 8mm?