Point #1. English law - Roe & larger require a 240 or greater (i.e. practical minimum of 243 or more) with 1700 ft/lbs of muzzle energy and a soft or hollow point bullet. Ballistic tips of ALL types are included, no expanding bullets are illegal for deer.
But it does for roe, and that's what I've got to shoot, + the occasional muntjac.
Okay, I'm not exactly sure why I am replying but you seem like a jolly chap so I'll lend some advice.
You would be correct in stating that the Deer act states " soft-nosed or hollow-nosed bullet." which would seem to match your logic but as stalkers or deer managers we not only have to comply to the provisions made under the Deer act but also several other acts. The act most suited to ammunition is the firearms act that make reference to the following "references to a missile’s expanding on impact include references to its deforming in any predictable manner on or immediately after impact" which purposely designed vermin / varmint bullets are not.
Now we can explore even deeper in to our minefield of legislation. If you were to shoot a deer with a bullet designed for vermin and were to cause an injury or suffering to the deer then you would be in breach of all sorts of animal welfare legislation. You can not make up the law or have as a defence "the bullet is expanding gov." because manufactures of bullets clearly state openly in public the intended purpose of the bullet design and use. To use a bullet designed for vermin sized animals with the biology of vermin such as fox is not only incompetent but also illegal. Now you have openly stated on a public forum that you have used such bullet design and as such I would be very careful it is feasible that an FEO may well be reading. On the subject of Muntjac, I find these deer harder to put down than a fallow, never mind a roe.
Edited by HUnter_zero, 19 August 2009 - 06:21 am.