it came through this morning! and I now have my .375 h&h on standards UK quarry conditions with expanding ammo and authority for solid slug to zero and for vermin. I'm surprised that it went through as easy but very happy and so thanks must be given to D&G for this. It did require a few letters and the like.
After being told when I applied for a .375 last year there was no way I would be allowed expanding ammo for it or authority to shoot deer here in the UK I wasn't impressed. To be fair though the .375 is for Europe and the need for expanding ammo is for load development and testing rather than actually using on quarry here.
While I see a lot of us having problems on here with getting more simple deer stalking calibres and having issues like with mentoring etc, I've been lucky to be given the 'talk' why we have problems from a more open FEO. It's all to do with using key words and evidence that satisfy the requirements for each step. So long as you justify your 'need' and can provide evidence that supports this the process is quite simple. Most problems arise when an application 'wants' something but doesn't justify need or have the ground to use a firearm. While you can pretty much have any rifle within reason for shooting UK deer you have to show 'need' and so if you didn't have your own ground that the police are satisfied with you can justify need by providing letters, receipts and booking information. Once you know what you need to do it becomes a reasonable and fairly straightforward process.
Don't give up just because it's a hassle!