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In 1996, in the wake of the banning of lead to hunt migratory birds in North America, a group of passionate sportsmen were inspired to develop a new line up of quality yet affordable, high performance, non-toxic hunting loads. It was from this shared vision that Kent Cartridge was born.


Kent manufactures a wide range of shotgun shells, loaded at our factory in West Virginia. We also have a sales and distribution office located in Ontario, Canada, servicing our friends to the North. In addition to the two North American locations, we also have a sister company in the U.K., the Gamebore Cartridge Company, that manufactures our proprietary shot such as Bismuth®, Tungsten Matrix®, and our premium lead shot, commonly known as Diamond Shot®.

We are a proud supporting member of SAAMI, (the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) where we have stringent quality controls in-place to ensure consistency and adherence to industry standards. In addition to the production of loaded ammunition, our organization is serious about sourcing only the highest-quality components.


Our premium custom blended, double-based smokeless powders are specifically designed to maximize performance in the temperature extremes unique to the North American market. These custom powder blends set the industry standard for performance by maximizing velocities while maintaining SAAMI guidelines.

'Serious about sourcing only the highest-quality components'


We source only the highest quality, precision ground steel shot, consistent in sphericity and size for superior patterns. Our lead shot is produced in the only remaining shot tower in the U.K. allowing for the utmost consistency in concentricity and uniformity in size.


Our exclusive Diamond Shot is perfected even further through a proprietary process, graded further and highly polished to produce shot of a consistency far beyond anything else available, delivering ultimate consistency in patterns. Simply put, Diamond Shot is the best quality lead shot in the world.

'Diamond shot is the best quality lead shot in the world'

We also hold the patent on Tungsten Matrix; this revolutionary non-toxic shot, consisting of a blend of pure tungsten powder and polymer binding which is produced to mimic the physical and ballistic characteristics of premium lead shot.


Lastly, in 2016, we introduced a line of Premium Bismuth shotshells, a non-toxic material with 24% greater density than steel and as soft as lead. Bismuth provides superior retained energy, reduced wind drift and is safe to use in fixed choke guns, offering a premium non-toxic alternative to steel shot.

This shot is produced in our facilities through a proprietary burnishing and rolling process which produces uniform, consistent shot yielding excellent patterns. Additionally, this proprietary process eliminates pellet fracture, a common issue with Bismuth shot produced through traditional processes.



Constantly evolving and leading with proven performance and innovation, Kent products continues to set the benchmark. When quality matters and performance counts, you can trust Kent ammunition.

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