Powerbelt Bullet from a 45/70

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  1. Keyfer 55

    Keyfer 55 Member

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    Wondering if a .45 Powerbelt 250 gr. could get suitable results from a 45/70 Gov't??
     
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    I have my doubts
     
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    Whatcha going to do with the plastic skirt? Haha.

    The main problem will be bullet diameter. Powerbelts are advertised as .450. This jives with modern 45 MLs usually being .451-2 diameter since Powerbelt freely advertises that the bullets are just under bore diameter for easier loading and the skirt seals the gas.

    The nominal .458 bore of a typical 45-70 is going to produce results with this ballet that history has proven to be bad.
     
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  4. troy fairweather

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    I tried this a few years ago, I was amazed they shot so good. I may have made a post here about it. These were 160s I think don't believe they make them so light any more. I used 15gr of trail boss of I remember right and just used a Lee crimp did to hold them in the case.

    These were shooting one hole at 50 from my Siamese mauser
     
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    I’d you keep the velocity down,I could see them working. Trail Boss would be my first choice for powder. I’ve been considering trying a few in my 458 Socom just for grins. I can still find muzzle loading bullets on the shelf locally,everything else is pretty scarce.
     
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    Wish I could find the skirts I found on the ground, I don't know if they came off when the powerbelts but the plywood or in the air. They were shaped like a funnel and the back was the bore size of my rifle, no burning or melting either.
    I shot one into a 4x4 about a foot long, this was oak from my friend saw mill were I was shooting. I was very impressed with what it did to it, a few I pulled the tips out and they opened in the air about 30 yards from the barrel.

    They worked so good if they weren't so pricey I'd is them for varmints, I still want to shoot one into a deer and see what happens. I ran out of the ones my buddy ave me but soon as I get a chronograph I'd like to do some testing.

    Hope hornady makes a 45 like the 50cal they just released.
     
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  7. Keyfer 55

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    There are some muzzle loading powerbelt bullets at bass pro here, If I were in pinch I would try them in my 45/70. $15 for pack 15 ea. there .452 OD. 285 gr. For deer out to 50 yds. It would work.
     
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