The Shadow (Moderator)
I did read what I wrote."Scalping a FMJ doesn't change it's design." Making changes doesn't change the design? Are you reading what you're writing?
You are confusing "design", and "operation".
If Hornady designs a HPBT, they build and test and confirm it does what they want. If you decide to fill the nose with JB Weld, you didn't change the design at all; but you have altered it's operation.
So as I said and Mike repeated, what does the law say? If they simply say something like "Any soft point", then scalp away. If like the laws around here say, "designed", then modifying bullet operation isn't going to give you an "out".