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Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Southcentral pennsylvania
Re: in line loads
I shoot and hunt with inlines quite often, they are one of my favorite rifles that i use, and i have tried mant different combinations of powder and bullets over the years.
With that being said, inlines are really no different that your regular centerfire rifle or handgun when it comes to "terminal" performance. Just because you stuff 150 grns of powder down the barrel doesnt mean it will kill any better than 90 or 100 grains. In the end it is the performance of the projectile you are useing that dictates energy transfer, and internal damage causing a quick death.
In my expierience the powerbelts have not performed very well for me as far as holding deer for whatever reason. My goto bullet now is the hornady sst ballistic tip with their sabbot. They are 250 grains and will anchor a deer in its tracks out of my knight long range hunter, and 100 grains of powder.
I still use the old tc maxi hunters (lead) out of my .54 knight mk85, and 110 grains of FFG behind it, they also do very well. One thing i have learned is if you dump too much powder down the barrel, alot of it gets wasted because the ignition system is not hot enough to burn it all up before it exits the barrel. This is very evident when shooting wih snow on the ground, about 4 feet infront of your barrel you will see unburnt powder grains laying ontop of the snow.
What im trying to say is more is not always better, try and find a well built bullet in 250-300 grn and stick with what ever powder charge that shoots the most accurate and go from there. Muzzleloaders are not that much different than handloading for a centerfire rifle, adjust your powder charges, bullet weights, bullet styles until you find what works, it can be a little time consuming, and maybe a little expensive in the beginning but once you find that winning combo then you will always have it.