Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by JmacD, Dec 30, 2021.
https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/power-belt-295-blow-up.898544/#post-12153127) and other users seemed to echo the sentiment that they are prone to that issue. I can't really help much beyond that but maybe you'll find that thread interesting.
Sorry about the deer... Nothing hurts more than that as a hunter.
I've passed on shots at the last several minutes of legal shooting because my old eyes can't see sign like they used to.
Tracking in even a couple inches of snow or less is 100% easier.
My guess would be that optimal performance would be somewhat less than 100 grains of powder, but every rifle will have it's own story.
I have always had pass through shots with SST and Shockwave bullets. Leaves a big exit wound. Lots of blood. Shockwave bonded bullets are supposed to work better if shooting 100 or more grains equivalent of black powder, but I haven't noticed a difference actually.
Midway USA has a good sale on the Hornady SST 250 with sabots right now. I got two boxes for next season. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1002232695?pid=278052
Maybe the new Hornady alternative that looks suspiciously like a powerbelt? From the description it sounded like they were paying close attention to terminal performance.
Then again, there are the plains bullets, maxi balls, and other cast offerings. Never heard of one fragmenting.
Powerbelts are very soft, lots of info out there on that. You can probably see it yourself because they dent easily even with the copper jacket.
A drop on the floor can dent them, they can even dent each other in the packaging.
I have taken 2 deer with Powerbelts: one spinal and one head shot, both dropped right there.
I gotta figure that a full bore .50 is going to work even if it fragments, maybe sometimes better.
I know you didn't recover the deer but do you have any suspicions on where you may have hit it?
Did you feel it was a good shot?
Round ball can be a problem in a fast twist barrel. Cast conical should be fine. If I ever bother playing with an inline, I will be using maxis or REALs.
Yes. A traditional conical like the Minne, Maxi or REAL is all that is necessary. Good performance, no gimmicks.
My two hunting buddies use the Federal all copper bullets and they seem to perform very well. One guy's smallish deer this year he shot at maybe 20 yards and hit the spine. The bullet held together even at that range and continued to parts unknown. Due to shot placement he ended up slitting her throat to finish her off, but that doe was going nowhere.
Have you ever checked if your muzzleloader is capable of making a good clean cold shot?
Mine has to be a fowled barrel to hit a good zero at 100yds. If I try to shoot it with a clean barrel it will shoot about 18" low.
I don't understand why it does this but I know it does.
I shoot the 295gr power belts with 150gr behind them.
Thanks for the input from everyone. Im seriously thinking of moving on to a different bullet for next year, and likely a different muzzleloader. This one, a traditions buckstalker, was borrowed from a family member. It performed well at the range, but the field can be different. It had a fouling shot fired, and punched dead center(ok .25” to the left) at 50 yards and about 1” left at 100. I was in the area (this time with a 270 win during late firearm antlerless) and I found a pine sapling with a 50 caliber wound. I believe that might solve a large portion of the mystery.
Thanks again. Better luck next year, or later this year i guess it is now. Haha
sighting it in this past year.
I also used the 250gr Aerolite Power Belt on this buck I took this year. These do not have a copper jacket. This was behind 110gr of Pyrodex RS in my CVA Wolf. It lodged under the hide, but did not exit, sure did a lot of damage.
I have to have a good clean bore on mine for it to shoot well. Every gun is different. I prefer it this way. But I have a buddy that will always pop a primer off before going on a ML hunt to foul his barrel because he says it will not shoot well out all out of a clean bore.
Harvester 300 grain PT gold bullet with their black crushed rib sabot. Suddenly I had a solid 200 yard shooter.
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