BASC has had confirmation from ACPO and the Home Office that in their opinion the Hornady A-Max rounds are not classed as expanding ammunition and can continue to be used for target shooting.

There was confusion over whether the ammunition was prohibited from use for target shooting because it might be classed as expanding ammunition, so BASC provided evidence that the design of the round was for target shooting rather than as an expanding bullet.

BASC’s senior firearms officer Mike Eveleigh said: “It was important to establish the design intention as that is what matters for the law.