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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Bullet choice?

Drew an either sex elk tag in Colorado this year. My in-line is a TC Black Diamond and I shoot Powerbelts for whitetail and have no complaints. What would you guys reccommend for elk? I think it shoots ok now for deer hunting but I've never tried longer shots with the open sights. Any opinions on another bullet that may be more accurate at 100-150 yards? I have been shooting 100 gr. of 2f.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:55 PM
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Re: Bullet choice?

Very few people talk about them Most have never heard of them but the very most accurate you are going to find are Dead Centers. You can find them if you google them. I have been using them for years with great success. I can cut holes all day long at 100 yards with Dead Center Sabots and Triple Seven Loose powder. It also makes a big difference if you lap your barrel.
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Re: Bullet choice?

Lap your barrel???
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Re: Bullet choice?

250 or 300gr Thor would be awesome. Colorado is a conical only state, so that leaves out all sabots.

What powerbelt weight are you shooting now?
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Re: Bullet choice?

Just a suggestion, a hornady pa conical assuming its a .50 or a lee r.e.a.l conical, just don't push the lee's and you'll be fine. Reals like the shallow square groove Thompson barrels.

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Re: Bullet choice?

I've used No Excuses bullets for a while. Probably bigger than you are looking for but they work well in White Rifles.

http://www.muzzleloading-bullets.com...es/Page319.htm
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Re: Bullet choice?

I have been shooting the 295 gr HPs and also have some 348 gr. tipped ones.
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348gr would be ok too. Try 90gr T7 2f and see how that does.
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Re: Bullet choice?

Our gang has hunted muzzleloader every year in Co. since 2000, and probably at least three other trips before that. If we don't draw a bull, or now the either sex, we generally draw a cow tag (elk meat is elk meat). The only power belts that have held together seem to be the platinum ones. The lead and copper plated tend to fragment on impact and not carry through. A few years ago, my one buddy shot a bull four times, that should have all been kill shots exceot the power belts din't penetrate well. Elk are much thicker than deer. Anyway, I won't use them anymore even though I agree they do group well in most guns (I shoot a stainless Omega in.50 these days). The bullet I've killed the last four elk (and a mule deer buck) is the Hornady FPB, either the 300 or 350 grain. The 300 grain seem to group better in my gun, and do not fragment at all. Beutiful mushroom and pokes through to the other side evry time. They do not group AS WELL as powerbelts, but hold together and kill - one shot. Just my 2 cents.
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One other thing...We all used black powder when we started, and I used it for years. Then we migrated to 777 as it was cleaner and faster. I have now switched to "Black Horn 209" as powder of choice for the elk hunts. I've been loading about 110 grains. The same powder charge is nearly 200 fps faster than 777 (in my chronograph) and is way cleaner. Don't have shots wander as no crud builds up in the barrel.
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