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Old October 25, 2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Round nose bullets in 357 magnum lever action a danger?

as the title asks...is it?
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Old October 25, 2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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Are they FMJ or lead?
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Old October 25, 2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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No theses would be lead in the round nose, but they're also hard cast lead with a hardness of #7 Saeco scale or #16 Brinell Hardness Scale.

Specifically they're these bullets, the round nose versions http://www.hrbc.com.au/

I was going to buy the semi wadcutter versions but don't know if they'll have feeding issues in my lever action.
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Old October 26, 2012, 12:17 AM   #4
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I think they'll be fine, but why wouldn't you get the RNFP's? That's what they are made for.
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Old October 26, 2012, 03:01 AM   #5
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I suggest the RNFP too.

But I wouldn't be afraid of RN bullets in your lever gun. There's just not enough recoil to make them a worry. I never thought twice about bullet profile back when I had a .357mag Marlin.
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Old October 26, 2012, 05:15 AM   #6
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I probably will get some of the rnfps and the swc's too but I like trying out everything. Round noses look classic too. I'll definitely load them in 38 specials but was a little bit more dubious about trying them in rifle magnum loads.
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Old October 26, 2012, 11:52 AM   #7
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Lots of .38 LRN ammo has been fire through all those lever guns over the years. I've never heard any credible detonation stories.
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Old October 26, 2012, 12:17 PM   #8
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I shoot the same round in my lever action Henry in .357 mag...that I shoot in all of my revolvers in .357 mag...( although mine are all jacketed )...

I don't see it being an issue - unless you were to constantly unload and reload the rifle for some reason ...marking up the noses of the bullets significantly.
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Old October 26, 2012, 06:08 PM   #9
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Only dangerous to whatever or whoever you shoot at. About half my ammo is LRN and most of the rest is LSWC in both 38 spcl and .357.
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Old October 27, 2012, 12:06 PM   #10
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Just make sure they have flat points and you seat the primers as deep as they'll go. Here's what I use in my lever gun (45-70).
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Old October 28, 2012, 04:59 PM   #11
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How is accuracy between the flat nosed and the round nosed?
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Old October 28, 2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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I find little or no difference and is why I use them for practice but I feel the flat nose penetrates better for hunting purposes so they or the LSWC get the nod for use.
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Old October 28, 2012, 08:14 PM   #13
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A lot of 30-30 ammo is loaded with round nose bullets for tubular magazines.
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Old October 28, 2012, 08:22 PM   #14
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A lot of 30-30 ammo is loaded with round nose bullets for tubular magazines.
Yep. But does .30-30 ammo line up bullet-to-primer in the magazine, or does the bullet drop down below the primer? (I don't know)
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Old October 28, 2012, 08:59 PM   #15
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the cartridge stopper/plug on 30-30s is conical i'm pretty sure (pretty sure but not 100%) so they don't sit tip-to-primer.

I'm fairly confident it won't be an issue so i'll try the round noses as well
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Old October 29, 2012, 04:07 PM   #16
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Yep. But does .30-30 ammo line up bullet-to-primer in the magazine, or does the bullet drop down below the primer? (I don't know)
They don't naturally line up in the tube, but during recoil I would think anything that can happen, does happen.
Rifle cartridges do have the advantage of tougher rifle primers.

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the cartridge stopper/plug on 30-30s is conical i'm pretty sure (pretty sure but not 100%) so they don't sit tip-to-primer.
I don't think the mag tube plug has any control over the rounds in the tube.
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Old October 29, 2012, 10:17 PM   #17
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With a .357mag rifle I can't imagine the recoil forces are enough to cause a problem with any normal pistol bullet.

It is a real concern with .30-30 and heavier recoiling rifle ammo.
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Old October 29, 2012, 10:24 PM   #18
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A lot of 30-30 ammo is loaded with round nose bullets for tubular magazines.
I have shot hundreds and hundreds of Hornady's 100 gr Semi-jacketed lead RN bullets through a Marlin 30A ..... and hundreds of various jacketed RN soft points .... never any problems.....
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Old October 30, 2012, 06:53 AM   #19
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Take a look at all the rifle rounds for other tube fed rifles. I have never heard of any problems of a round going off in the tube.
One of the rifles on my short list is a Henry 357 mag, I am choosing it because I hand load for my 357 mag pistol and would be able to use the same ammo without having to load for another caliber.
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Old October 30, 2012, 08:27 AM   #20
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Its no different than a 44, and I've loaded MANY RN 44 in a tube gun.
I agree that a FN is probly better, but for it works fine. It takes a pretty pointy bullet to make a primer go off, tho there is always the posibility.
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Old October 30, 2012, 04:56 PM   #21
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i'm quite satisfied that it will be safe i think, and that's coming from a guy who rather likes his hands too!
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Old October 30, 2012, 09:23 PM   #22
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If you are worry about the round nose bullets just take a file and flatten them a little--works great for me.
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