Is it true hollowpoint ammo is banned in the EU countries?


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LAR-15
February 2, 2005, 06:19 PM
Is it true the Euro Union has largely banned hollowpoint ammo?

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mete
February 2, 2005, 08:36 PM
I don't know about that but most of Federals EFMJ ammo is sold overseas. They ban we invent substitutes !! EU is banning lead bullets , to take place in a few years unless repealed.But that's not a big deal because all copper bullets work very well. From rifle ,to shotgun slugs to handgun bullets ,they are available for handloaders from Barnes or loaded ammo from places like Corbons DPX .

Sparks
February 2, 2005, 09:24 PM
Is it true the Euro Union has largely banned hollowpoint ammo?
No, not in the slightest.

Highland Ranger
February 2, 2005, 09:30 PM
You don't need to go to Europe; its illegal here in NJ

LAR-15
February 2, 2005, 09:36 PM
Okay.

I thought it was banned.

Thanks Sparks.

Mk VII
February 3, 2005, 01:11 PM
the European Weapons Directive of 1992 banned softpoint and hollowpoint pistol cartridges...unless they were types which could also be used in rifles, in which case they were deemed to be legal. There aren't many which haven't been used in rifles at one time or another, though I guess you can think of a few (.455 Webley comes to mind).
All 'expanding' ammunition is banned here under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997. Naturally a large number of waivers had to be granted to enable individuals to comply with the provisions of the Wildlife & Countryside Act on the humane shooting of quarry and vermin, and the Deer Act 1963 [and the Deer (Scotland) Act] which make it's use mandatory.

Sparks
February 3, 2005, 01:28 PM
91/477/EEC actually says:

Pistol and revolver ammunition with expanding projectiles and the projectiles for such ammunition, except in the case of weapons for hunting or for target shooting, for persons entitled to use them.

And it can't overrule national level legislation. So basicly, it's a non-ban. You can certainly get hollowpoints over here in Ireland anyway, I've seen them. Hollow-point, wadcutter, ballistic-tip, (haven't seen any hydra-shocks or other things, but that's probably more a lack of demand than anything else, we don't have too many huge dedicated gunstores over here).

T.Stahl
February 3, 2005, 05:13 PM
It depends. Here in Germany hollow-point bullets in handgun calibers were banned until April 1st 2003. So, for some strange reason hollow-point ammo in, say, .22lr was legal, in 9mm it wasn't. Until then you had to make do with e.g. Federal EFMJ.
On April 1st 2003 hollow-points in all calibers became legal.

At the same time Switzerland stopped the sale of new hollow-points and other easily deformed bullets in handgun calibers, AFAIK. Though Switzerland is not a member of the EU!

RavenVT100
February 3, 2005, 05:51 PM
You don't need to go to Europe; its illegal here in NJ

No it's not. You can have hollowpoints in your house, or transport them to and from a range, or go hunting with them (depending on the specifics of the hunt). They're not illegal, just restricted.

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