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#1941644 - Mon Oct 25 2010 09:47 AM T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads
Bonehunter Offline
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Registered: Fri Oct 22 2010
Posts: 1
Loc: Pennsylvania-Greene County
Has anyone used Powerbelt bullets in their T/C Hawken with a 1-48" twist. I purchased some 245gr Powerbelts for mine and am wondering what experiences others may have had. I will be working with loose FFG or FFFG. I am looking for load and accuracy information only at this point. If I get them to shoot, I'll form my own conclusions as to whether they meet my expectations for harvesting deer. Thanks for any comments and/or information.

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#1942616 - Mon Oct 25 2010 06:55 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: Bonehunter]
huntin2c Online   content
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Registered: Thu Nov 29 2007
Posts: 100
Loc: fayette county, pa
mine shoot great. i just shot about 20 through it this weekend. hold about a 2 inch pattern at 50 yds.

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#1942698 - Mon Oct 25 2010 07:29 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: huntin2c]
HOGGHEAD Offline
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Registered: Fri Oct 09 2009
Posts: 889
Loc: RIVESVILLE, WV
I like shooting 3F with conicals. And I like larger, heavier conicals. But I would think that 80 grains of 3F black would make a pretty healthy load for that bullet. Not real heavy, but not light either. You could start out at 70 if you like, but most rifles I have shot like 75-85 grains of powder. Just make sure you are very consistent with your seating depth. Tom.

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#1942808 - Mon Oct 25 2010 08:15 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: HOGGHEAD]
pamusky Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 01 2006
Posts: 2623
Loc: Central Pa
I don't have A t/c hawken but my barrel is 1:48.I shoot 80 grs. fff and had under 1 1/2" 3 shot groups at 50 yds.Don't know if that will help you or not with my flintlock not being a t/c but just figured I'd share my experience with that combination.

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#1942812 - Mon Oct 25 2010 08:16 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: pamusky]
frontier gander Offline
old hand

Registered: Tue Nov 22 2005
Posts: 1064
Loc: Bon Carbo, Colorado
Its not a TC but our CVA Hawken hates the 245gr powerbelts. 295gr powerbelts it loves however.

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#1944655 - Tue Oct 26 2010 08:16 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: Bonehunter]
410-er Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 29 2000
Posts: 5152
Loc: 5B/northern lanc. co.
They will work,however you should get less than 1 1/2" groups at 50yds with any TC and a proper ball/patch/powder combo.Many of mine give clovers at 50yds.

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#1944684 - Tue Oct 26 2010 08:28 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: 410-er]
holedigger Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 21 2003
Posts: 2022
Loc: northern Dauphin Co.
I have a 1:48 twist Firestorm TC flintlock, and I had to crank the powder charge UP to get it to shoot Powerbelts well. As a matter of fact, anything but roundballs shot better with a max. charge of 150 gr. of black powder and the synthetics, rather than less. And I bolted a scope on for my accuracy testing. Roundballs it likes at about 80 gr. BP. Don't try this with muzzleloaders not rated for up to 150 gr. loads! The recoil from 150 gr. is a bit of a bear from the bench for us mortals, but I don't notice it when standing and shooting at a deer. The accuracy demanded it. And so far this seems to hold true in my gun w/ the Powerbelts from 245 to 348 gr.s. Good luck. Your gun, and mileage may vary.

My experience, and that of others, with the Powerbelts is that you usually don't get full penetration, and if you hit a bone, there is MAJOR damage. Kills 'em right now, w/ all the energy expended in the deer! Haven't been able to get a long shot yet to see if they expand less violently at longer distances and lower velocities or not.

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#1946123 - Wed Oct 27 2010 07:06 PM Re: T/C Hawken 1-48" Power Belt loads [Re: holedigger]
Harrysigafoo Offline
Carpal \'Tunnel

Registered: Sat Oct 22 2005
Posts: 3815
Loc: In the Woods Pa
I've got t a 48 twist T/c. The power belts jsut don't work in my old rifle. I shoot RB and get fantastic groups (13 deer dead).

Most of the plastic wad bullets for flintlocks depend upon not the twist, but the bore diameter.
My old rifle has a smaller bore diameter (T/C barrel).

I do like the minnie as it fits all bores to load and expands to the actual bore diameter.

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