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An irregularly weighted hollow-tipped bullet that tumbles on entry into the body, causing massive tissue destruction, by adding a rotational component to its trajectory
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Hoober explained that "expanding ammunition broadens the wound channel and (on paper) increases the potential to wound vital structures, but the thing there is that in the real world, that happens less than you'd think.
He added: "The possession of expanding ammunition, complete with the firearm, is extremely serious, particularly bearing in mind the purpose for which you were storing them, namely criminals involved in the drugs trade."
Faulkner, aged 44, formerly of Shillingstone Close, Walsgrave, pleaded guilty at the crown court in Leamington to possessing illegal expanding ammunition, possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate, possessing indecent images of children and breaching his sexual offences prevention order.
Rhys William Bebb, 23, of Tallis Street, Treorchy, who is expecting his first child with his 21-year-old partner in January, admitted possessing ammunition and expanding ammunition and two counts of failing to comply with a firearms certificate.
Most of the shooting data involving AR-style rifles loaded with modern expanding ammunition comes from law enforcement sources.
In August at Liverpool Crown Court, he was jailed for a further five years, the mandatory minimum term, after he admitted possessing a prohibited weapon, expanding ammunition and having ammunition without a certificate.
In January, Remington Outdoor Company and SIG SAUER announced they each would be expanding ammunition manufacturing facilities in central Arkansas.
Alongside the guns were six 9mm Luger bullets and 16 rounds of .22 expanding ammunition which is particularly deadly and designed to cause horrific wounds.
The unfired cartridge, an expanding ammunition which is prohibited, was found amongst his personal property at the police station.
But when police searched the home of Keith and Ellen with regard to another matter, they found items including an air rifle, gun cartridges and expanding ammunition.
The 100 bullets seized were .30 calibre expanding ammunition - sometimes called "dum dum" bullets and used in hunting because they break up on impact, causing horrendous injuries.
Pattison admitted possessing expanding ammunition, and possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate.