I use the LeverEvolutions in 45-70 for deer hunting in the brush with my Contender equipped with a laminated thumbhole stock and bushnell scope with BDC. All I have to say about them in the brush is that those saplings dont stand a chance and dont effect the trajector much at all.
I have tried some in my 35 Rem and they worked great for accuracy, but I just don't like them. I am a hard cast bullet guy in my lever action rifles. 30-30, 35 Rem and 45-70. I am more than sure they will work great though.
I got a catalog and a DVD from Hornady Sat. On the DVD they show what happens with the bullet. That soft tip enlarges going backward and starts expansion. But to me it seems like a gimic the sell bullets to lever fans and I dearly love Hornady. I'm in Redhawks corner. Were I shooting rifles that use them, I'd go with hard cast bullets.
I purchased these new rounds for both my 45-70 & my 450. When I FINALLY pull a slug from a bear I will let you know. 'til then it's just whistl'in in the wind.
Actually either one of these calibers will do the job if SHOT PLACEMENT is right!
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....