If asked. I’d say “Don’t.” You’d wind up with bullets of widely varying weights and lousy flight characteristics. Another consideration, while I am unaware of any court case that was decided on the basis of the use of handloaded ammunition used in a self-defense shooting, there would be glee on the prosecutor’s face if someone took factory ammo and “modified” it to make it more deadly. Just my 2¢...
That is good advice.
I was thinking more about hunting with my Deerfield Carbine.
It would be hard to cut the nose clean enough to not destabilize in flight.
They make a hollow pointing tool, but it's expensive and I doubt it's effectiveness. All you need is a couple of rounds of soft points for hunting. You can use the full FMJ for the coup de gras.
I would rather cut off my arm than live under tyranny!
Check out BUFFALO BORE and see if they have anything.
I have BB ammo. Mostly use it in the Redhawk. The Deerfield is limited to cartridges with 265 grain bullets. Bigger than that and they will not load in the magazine. Ditto those rubber tipped Spitzers. They can be breech loaded individually and I have done that. A 285 grain whopper followed by four standard 240 grain cartridges in the magazine. The other issue is overpowering the action operating rod. I do not know how much it can take.