I recently got my first firearms certificate from Merseyside police. It is for a 6.5 x 55 and I applid for deer and vermin. When the officer came to see me he said I could not have vermin with such a large calibre as the bullet would "go strait through it". I asked about just having foxes then as I know the farmer who owns the land I stalk would quite like me to control them.
He got out a book of what appeared to be national guidelines and showed me a little chart indicating that my calibre was too large for foxes. I couldn't be bothered arguing with him as I'm not that bothered about shooting foxes and I'm on a syndicate with blokes who quite like potting them. However, I formed the view that the chart he was showing me applied if that was your sole use for the gun. Whereas I just want to pot them if I see them whilst out stalking. I suppose it's like saying you wouldn't grant a hgv licence to someone who only wanted to drive a Mindel but if you gave them a hgv licence you wouldn't mins them driving their Mondeo home from work.
Has anyone had a similar experience? If so any ideas for how to gently persuade them to see things my way at renewal time?