FTX / Leverevolution Bullets as Defense Loads

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    FTX / Leverevolution Bullets as Defense Loads

    Hi All,

    I'm an avid wild hog hunter, and I use Hornady Leverevolution ammo in my .30-30. It's got very impressive performance in a lever gun - far exceeding a 'conventional' .30-30 round.

    I've recently discovered that Leverevolution is available in .44 Mag and .357 Mag, and I got to wondering if there's been any serious evaluation of the FTX bullet as a defensive load?

    Granted, the bullet was designed as a hunting round for use in a rifle, but I'm planning to try hunting pigs with them in an 8" .44 Mag revolver, and was wondering if the .357's might make a good defensive load. I believe that the bullets are now available for reloading, so maybe they'd have potential as a .38 spc defensive load, too?

    I'd be very interested in any concrete data, e.g. ballistics and expansion from a handgun barrel. Opinions are welcome, too, but I'm really after real data.

    Regards,
    Jim

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    I'm guessing it would be similar results as the Critical Defense line as it's essentially the same bullet, just a pointed polymer tip.

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    I've shot both .357 & .44 at stuff. Very accurate; however, IMO you would get pass through and not extensive expansion at SD ranges from a revolver.
    I shot full unopened soda cans and got a hole but no dramatic splash and can rupture as with hollow pts or with critical defence rnds.
    It is a tougher bullet for big game.

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    The only advantage to the Leverevolution bullets is that they can be used in a tube magazine and have the same kind of performance as a spire tipped bullet. Before the Leverevolution bullets one had to use a blunt bullet or chance setting off a primer of the next bullet in line. I see no advantage at all for using such a round for a handgun... unless you can perhaps make the 600 yard shot that Keith was famous for.

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    You wont get a better test than shooting a boar in the chest with a round and looking at the damage done.

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