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Expanding Bullets now section one.

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I've not been on here much recently due to work but I got an email from Kranks today advertising bullets and noticed it said expanding bullets can now be posted. I'm sure it's been talked about already but no harm in saying it again!! Did a wee bit of digging and found the following on the BASC site:


" Ammunition which expands on impact


This reverts to Section 1 and is a major success. This will be hugely beneficial to BASC

members who stalk deer or shoot vermin. BASC has been campaigning for this since 1997

when expanding ammunition went into the prohibited category. The expanding missiles have

no legal status as they are just inert lumps of metal/plastic. Until now, expanding ammunition

could not be possessed on a Section 7 Temporary Permit where a certificate renewal was

significantly delayed. This limited a persons ability to carry out pest, predator and deer

management to protect livestock, growing crops and timber.

Expanding pistol ammunition will remain controlled in the UK. The EU Weapons Directive

91/477/EEC of the 18 June 1991 prohibited expanding pistol ammunition except for certain

purposes e.g. humane dispatch. Pistol cartridge ammunition for rifles will be exempt where it

is loaded specifically for rifles of the correct proof. The loading and ballistic qualities, i.e.

chamber pressure, must be taken into account rather than the appearance or chamber


Who will this help?

The gun trade will no longer require the Secretary of States authority to manufacture. Couriers

for the gun trade will no longer have to treat expanding ammunition as prohibited weapons for

which extra requirements exist for its security and movement. Loose expanding bullets will not

be subject to recording in a dealers register of transactions.

For firearm certificate holders (personal purchases); couriers such as Royal Mail currently ban

the movement of ammunition and expanding bullets through their service because of the

face-to-face transfer requirement in law. As a result of this amendment, expanding bullets

will no longer be caught by face to face transfer requirement and will be able to be purchased

via mail order, subject to service provider terms and conditions.

Mail order importation from abroad will no longer be prohibited as such bullets will fall outside

import controls.

Owners of large calibre rifles designed for hunting dangerous game, e.g. .375 and above, are

currently prohibited from possessing expanding ammunition for their rifles in this country. They

may not therefore zero and practice in Britain with their rifles using the ammunition which they

will be using overseas. They will now be able to do so. "


Pretty good news, I remember hearing talk about it a while back but didn't realise it was now law. Pretty helpful when your local gunshop has a poor choice of bullets for reloading and takes months to get any special orders!

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