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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-15-2015, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Powerbelt thoughts

Bought some of the below power belts in 245 and 250 grain for my TC firestorm. Just wondering on any opinions of loads they may use, accuracy, performance in deer, and any issues. Figured I would give them a shot since not having much luck with sabots and the hornady Great Plains bullets I found were coming off of the powder while hunting.

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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

I use the 295gr aerotips in my Renegade and they shoot great and kill deer.

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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

Here is a link to a older post of mine that might be helpful. The 295gr Aerotip Powerbelt is the only bullet I have ever used and have always worked perfectly for me.

https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbthrea...509#Post3161509

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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

I would try 90gr FF in the 245-250 powerbelt

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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

The 245 gr powerbelts shot very accurately out of my wife's Lyman Deer Stalker with 85gr FF,
We decided against using them because of the numerous reports of fragmentation and lack of penetration.
Have you looked at the T/C Maxi Balls?
The 370 gr bullets fire extremely well out of both my T/C Hawkens and Renegades using 90grs. FF.
The 275gr T/C Maxi bullets are equally as accurate from my wife's Lyman Deerstalker.

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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

I've achieved great accuracy with all the 50 cal weights, at max loadings in my Firestorm, and killed deer with them. I have noticed with my experiences, and that of others, that we generally are not getting an exit, and I do like two holes myself....must be the bowhunter in me. I'm now am going to try the 405 gr to see if I can get an exit. They seem to expand like crazy, and dump their energy in the deer, but erode away while expanding and penetrating, to the point where there is usually a jacket base with some lead smear in it upon autopsy of the deer......dead deer none the less.

I guess it's like they say, at what point in the death of the deer did the bullet fail? LOL. Try em, you may like em. When mine run low, I'm gonna try something else......cuz I can.
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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

I only have confidence with copper, Aerolite and Platinum Powerbelts 295 grains and bigger. I have zero confidence in the lead HPs, unless they are of the 405 grain variety.
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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

The 2 deer I hit with 295gr lead hollow points didn't go far and left great blood. I like em in my flinter, that's all I use them in.

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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

Shot the 250 grain aero tips with 90 grain of 2f. Grouped really well. About 1 1/2 group at 50 yards. Picked up some more at Wally world as they were on sale for 11. Didn't realize how expensive they were so every else was $20-25.
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Re: Powerbelt thoughts

I've only used them in my T/C Omega, but they group well using two 50gr. pellets. I've killed 4 deer with them; 3 dropped where they stood and one, (the only one which was moving) went about 20yds and fell.
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