Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Keyfer 55, Jan 2, 2021.
Wondering if a .45 Powerbelt 250 gr. could get suitable results from a 45/70 Gov't??
I have my doubts
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.
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
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.
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.
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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