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    Bullet prices in the US!

    I was just looking at bullets online.

    In the US 100 Nosler Partitions is about $25, around 15. In the UK they'd be around 80!!!

    Is there any way of getting bullets from the US legally? My local shop says they don't require proof of FAC to sell them to me, so should getting them posted from the US not be ok as well?

    here's the other thing - if I have family in the US, can I have them post it or bring it in person legally, if the retailer will not post directly?

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    International Shipping

    "We do accept orders from international customers. NOTE: We require a $500 minimum order. All freight is billed to the customer. We will normally ship via Parcel Post, Air Parcel Post, FedEx or Freight Forwarder. Due to shipping regulations, it is impossible to export small quantities of ammunition, powder, primers, solvents, aerosols or other cleaning chemicals. A Department of State export license is required to export rifle & pistol ammunition & components. Some other items such as scopes, shot shell ammunition & components, & gun parts may also require export licenses to certain countries. On any order under $1000 requiring an export license, we will charge a $50 processing fee. Please contact our International Sales Department."

    This is from Graf & Son's, a large distributor in the US. I guess it answers your question as to shipping from the distributor.~Muir

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    hhmm..interesting..wonder if there are regulations around 'receiving' expanding bullets, not loaded ammunition, via post, and not through a registered dealer

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    hhmm..interesting..wonder if there are regulations around 'receiving' expanding bullets, not loaded ammunition, via post, and not through a registered dealer
    Read the bit in red in Muirs post above regarding componets, I am having the same problem obtaining them, my supplier will not post any from the USA now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    International Shipping

    "We do accept orders from international customers. NOTE: We require a $500 minimum order. All freight is billed to the customer. We will normally ship via Parcel Post, Air Parcel Post, FedEx or Freight Forwarder. Due to shipping regulations, it is impossible to export small quantities of ammunition, powder, primers, solvents, aerosols or other cleaning chemicals. A Department of State export license is required to export rifle & pistol ammunition & components. Some other items such as scopes, shot shell ammunition & components, & gun parts may also require export licenses to certain countries. On any order under $1000 requiring an export license, we will charge a $50 processing fee. Please contact our International Sales Department."

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    This is from Graf & Son's, a large distributor in the US. I guess it answers your question as to shipping from the distributor.~Muir
    wonder if it was feasable if quite a few guys got together and placed a decent order with a value of over $1000 and pay the $50 handling fee on top if they would still do it?
    Financially it would be more than viable. the only draw back i could see is that it would need to be done by a RFD know doubt a RFD would want to make money out of it so maybe it wasnt such a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    hhmm..interesting..wonder if there are regulations around 'receiving' expanding bullets, not loaded ammunition, via post, and not through a registered dealer
    You could...........if you so wished

    Get friends or family to remove from original packaging and ship in small quants (<200) marked as test swaging samples. Put the value down as less than 30 and they should reach you problem free.

    All done entirely at your own discretion of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannlicher_Stu View Post
    wonder if it was feasable if quite a few guys got together and placed a decent order with a value of over $1000 and pay the $50 handling fee on top if they would still do it?
    Financially it would be more than viable. the only draw back i could see is that it would need to be done by a RFD know doubt a RFD would want to make money out of it so maybe it wasnt such a good idea
    Form a loose association club and use a members joining fee charge to appoint a willing member as an RFD for the purpose and pay the associated admin costs. A sort of shooting sport affiliated social enterprise.

    You might even be able to apply for a grant from the government to help set it up and keep it running under the EU funding allocations. Now that realy would be one in the eye for the anti gun mob.

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    I think that this is one of those subjects that crops up every 12 months or so. I don't think there is anyone on this site who doesn't think we are being shafted as regards bullet prices, especially when we can all see what can be bought in the U.S. for quite reasonable prices.
    I'm just waiting for the discussion to degenerate into the two opposed views of whether expanding bullets can be posted to you from abroad or not, as it usually does. Then the arguements begin and people get their arses in their hands.

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    I used to get my "expanding bullets" posted direct from the US. My normal order was 500 .224 V Max and 150 - 200 .277, usually Partitions or Accubonds. I think the last time the order cost about $150. They guy just won't ship them anymore. US dealers either can't be bothered, or I think more likely, are scared of falling foul of all sorts of federal regs now. Probably can't blame them.

    Certainly there is no legal problem with this here in NI as "expanding bullets" are not a controlled item, do not need to be entered on your FAC and you can buy any qty of them. The local polis were well aware of what I was doing and had no issue with it at all.

    I do not think you could do this legally in mainland UK given the controls on bullets.
    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc H View Post
    Form a loose association club and use a members joining fee charge to appoint a willing member as an RFD for the purpose and pay the associated admin costs. A sort of shooting sport affiliated social enterprise.

    You might even be able to apply for a grant from the government to help set it up and keep it running under the EU funding allocations. Now that realy would be one in the eye for the anti gun mob.
    That idea is not as daft as it seems.
    Whats stopping individuals forming as say The Stalking Co-operative were they all become members paying into the co operative x amount of pounds and allocating a certain individual to become representative who can act on their behalf in dealing with imported goods from the USA or any other country.

    The entitlement of those who participate to reap the benefits of membership, large orders could be placed just like any importer does at the moment who then sells stock to gun shops around the country.
    Surely it not a closed shop as they seem to imply it has to be feasable surely . As long as all legal requirements are met in holding componets and releasing such to the membertship of the co-operative it operates within the parameters of the law does it not.
    Any one up for it?

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