Loading traditional spire-point bullets into the magazine tube of a lever-action rifle is a legitimate safety issue. Consequently, hunters using lever guns have been severely limited to 19th Century technology.
Hornady has since solved the long-standing dilemma with their LEVERevolution line of ammunition. Premium FTX bullets with elasti-polymer tips can now be loaded into lever-action magazine tubes without fear of accidentally detonating primers. FTX tips absorb the forces of cartridges shifting in the mag tube during rifle recoil, preventing one cartridge from impacting another with enough force to set off a neighboring cartridge.
The result? Lever-action rifles can now be loaded with 21st Century ammunition.