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Bullet shapes for lever guns

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by robertbartsc, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. robertbartsc

    robertbartsc Well-Known Member

    I'm going to start reloading 35 Remington loads for a Marlin lever gun that stores loads in a tube magazine under the barrel.

    I see some Remington Coreloks being sold that are identicle bullets to the factory loads (round and blunt bullets) I have been using but I wondered if I could safely use something more pointy?

  2. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Generally no unless you single load the rifle. Hornady makes a line of bullets called Levolution, or something like that, that has a soft polymer tip and a pointy shape. These are specifically designed for use in tubular magazine.

    I am not sure if the bullets are available as components though.

    Otherwise, you will need flat point bullets.
  3. Roodles

    Roodles Well-Known Member

    I use pointy bullets in a .357 lever rifle.

    Single load only, no problems.

    I'm sure you know but pointy bullets in a tubular magazine are not good, as they could set off the primer in front in the magazine (chain fire).

    For fast feeding, I would recommend RNFP or TC.

  4. jlove1974

    jlove1974 Member

    the hornady leverevolution bullets and powder are both available as components. These are near-miracle rounds for the .30-30 and .35 rem rounds, extending your range out to 200 yards easily.

    I wouldn't use any spitzer bullets in a tube mag unless you enjoy having a full tube of rounds blow up and taking out your limbs or an eye. your call....
  5. MrOldLude

    MrOldLude Well-Known Member

    You could use a pointed bullets in a full magazine. But it is a risk that's probably not worth effort. A little jarring and bumping probably wouldn't be enough to light off a primer. But on the chance that it did, you would no doubt regret it.
  6. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

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