That's the reason I asked the question. I have loaded some and shot some with no problems BUT..?.. They are listed in the Hornady manual along with the Flat Nose bullets under 45-70 and the Marlin 1895 rifle being used,even the Hodgdon's manual has the round nose listed for lever actions.I have even heard that some guys file a flat nose on the round nose bullet because of the nose to primer position in the tube. I have also heard that round nose bullets are not a good idea in a lever action with tube magazines.So then,how can one not be confused ? I have about 5 boxes of the round nose 350 Hornadys and nothing else to shoot them in.I hate the idea of shooting them for target practice one at a time.I guess I could use them for hunting by jacking one into the chamber and loading one in the tube,just to be on the safe side of things.Uh..................round nose bullets and in-line magazines aren't typically considered a safe combination. Loaded and fired one at a time would definitely be no problem, but with the recoil of the .45-70, I'd be a bit more than leary of the safety factor. I've read about some pretty catastrophic chain-fires from that combination. Someone please jump in and correct me if I'm wrong.
I'll second that. Unless you alter or damage the base of the bullet you'll have no problem if you just take a little off the nose.The base of the bullet has more impact on accuracy than the nose of the bullet. File the nose if you are worried. You would really have to do a lot of filing to mess the nose up enough to make accuracy suffer.
Or try to find some FP bullets. Nothing else get some 350-405gr cast RNFP and shoot them until the jacketed bullets are availible.
Actually both,hunting and paper. I have pushed some 350 grainers at over 1800 fps and I am here to tell ya,it sure isn't my cup of tea.They hurt.Almost made me cry and pee my pants. lolFound out after the fact that the 350 gr bullets don't expand at 45/70 velocities unless you REALLY push them. Mine acted like solids on game. 2 heart shots & 1 neck. No problems, made meat, no expansion either.
They are good for 458 win mags. Yes, safe for 1895s. I load 1 in the chamber, 1 in the mag.
What are planning on doing? Hunting or paper?
Actually both,hunting and paper. I have pushed some 350 grainers at over 1800 fps and I am here to tell ya,it sure isn't my cup of tea.They hurt.Almost made me cry and pee my pants. lol