Expanding Ammunition

Expanding rifle ammunition has reverted to Section 1 status.  Loose expanding missiles (bullets) have no legal status.
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. powder charge/chamber pressure, must be taken into account rather than appearance or chamber dimensions. This section has no associated Explanatory Note