Vince - The wording of the label, such as “English Manufacture” and “Ex Army Stocks” in my opinion almost guarantees this label was done in England. It is not Continental or North American wording.
These hollow points are often created for one or two purposes - to make the ammo legal to sell where hard-point ammunition is not, like in Germany, or to get around hunting laws. I have seen
very little “altered ball” that will expand at all. Your point about core-shoot outs is well taken - it is a real danger.
Can’t comment on ammo prices. While the price on ammo has gone way up lately, due to the “Obama factor” and hoarding in the U.S., the fact is that for the last twenty years or so in the USA, ammunition has been way cheaper, when adjusted for inflation, than perhaps at any time in U.S. History, much cheaper than in the 1960s and early 1970s. Some years ago, an old man brought his Beretta .25 Pistol into the store to get a new magazine (he lost his), and felt he needed to have his original receipt to “keep out of trouble” having the gun with him. I had sold him the gun originally some 15 years before. At that time, the little Beretta Pistol was 39.50 USD, and a box of .25 auto ammo on the receipt was 8.95 USD. At the time he brought it in for the magazine, the gun was 225.00 USD and the ammo on our shelf, new commercial, was 8.95 USD, the same price he had paid years ao. That was not the list price - nobody could seel ammo at the list price in those years due to price cutting by discount houses, and ammo became incrediably cheap compared to years before.
Availablility of any given caliber of ammunition dictates the price on the market. If there is plenty of a caliber, like 8 mm around, than new importations will be cheap. If the market in that caliber has been “dry” for a long time, it can be almost as much as commercial ammunition.
Regarding prices, in stores in America you almost never see a price like “$15.00” due to the perceived psychology of selling (which I always thought was rubbish). A price like “$14.95” is exactly what you would see in retail stores, and with some gun show dealers even. It does no good in a store to have an even price in most states, as sales tax must be added anyway, so the prices always come out uneven. You know the old game - $99.95 sounds cheaper than
$100.00! Silly, isn’t it? But, a fact.