I put a variation in for a .270 at the beginning of March.After a couple of weeks I phoned up Headquarters at Hindlip and was told it would be 4-8 weeks before they even looked at it.
After taking Stones advice I got in touch with the FO I used before and explained to him that I had put in for a .270.I also told him that I wanted to go and look at a rifle (the one advertised on this site) and if it was what I was looking for,I wanted to put a deposit on it so the chap would keep it for me until my variation came through.I told him what stalking invites I had (in writing) and based on that he told me to go ahead and secure the rifle.(So I went and saw it and left a deposit)
The FO told me he didn't cover my area any more but he would phone Headquarters and see if they had authorised anyone to handle my variation.He phoned a few days later and said no one had, so he was going to take it over for me and we arranged there and then a date and time to meet up.That day was today.
To cut a long story short he gave me the go ahead for the .270,a European Firearm Permit and Goat and Boar on my ticket.NO PROBLEM.
A more sensible and level headed bloke you'd be hard pressed to meet.
Two interesting things came out from our meeting..
1 He told me that an RFD doesn't have to log any components for homeloading on your ticket
2 He said he only required one Stalking Invite for a deer calibre
He took my others to put on my file,but would only chase up whichever one I chose to give for him to use.This was a new one on me.
He told me he would put URGENT on the form and if I didn't have the ticket by the end of next week to phone him and he will chase them up.
I got everything I asked for and he's even going out of his way to help me.CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
All the Best,
One Happy Gyr