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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brush Valley Twp., Indiana Co, PA
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.