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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-16-2015, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

I bought a Lyman deerstalker last year right before the season. I used .490 rb and .10 patch for the season. I was thinking of trying powerbelts for this year has anyone ever used them from a deerstalker with any success? Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

That ball patch combo I would say is loose considering your bore is roughly .50 than your grooves are typically .05 or so. The .10 patch compresses. Try a .495 ball and those patches. Otherwise try a hornady pa conical, only made in .50.

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Re: powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

A friend used a 295 gr powerbelt with 80 gr FF in his Deerstalker
and as BlackBruin said the .10 patch is small for a .490 ball,try a .15 patch and 90 gr of FF

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Re: powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

using the 245 aeroptip with 90gr. 2f charge. Excellent performance and accuracy in the deerstalker
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Re: powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

Im going to Dixons one day this week I will be sure to pick up the .495 ball and see if I could work a load out from there. Thank you for your help
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Yea after I posted this I found another thread regarding loads and they talked about the .15 patch definitely gonna look into. Thank you.
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I'm going to pick some of them up this week and see if I could get a good group going. Thank you
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outdoor addict...I used the same thing you did...loved my groupings at 50-75 yds. See no reason to change. However....I did not shoot a deer yet so we will see how it performs...hopefully
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Re: powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

Lyman cuts their rifling deep.Most TC's like .015-,018.Lymans like .018-.020.
A .010 patch will give you burn patches and blowby.

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Re: powerbelts from a Lyman deerstalker

I have my friend's Deerstalker and I was shooting powerbelts from it initially. 295 grain bullet over 85 grains of black powder. Shot a small deer through the neck at ~40 yds. I got no neck meat from that deer, but it sure dropped in it's tracks. Shot pretty good groups too. Now I use a PRB over 85 grains 3Fg powder and it shoots really well too.

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