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So I have a new rifle I'm putting together...


Going to be a 50cal green mountain flint barrel with 1:28 twist...


I am looking for an accurate shooting load...


But I'm also looking for something that'll do more damage than a 50cal hole. I want an exit hole...but I'd like expansion and some shock and trauma if possible?

I've only ever shot roundball and 245gr Buffalo Ball-ets. 50cal holes was all I got really...

I'm looking and hoping for more...dropped in their tracks or deer that leak very well and don't go very far when hit in the boiler room...


Open to sabots or full bore bullets...I know seeing centerfire performance won't be likely because of the velocity... But gotta be something that does more than what I am used too..
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I have shot deer with RB's,Maxies,and Powerbelts in the past.Had great expansion and shock with powerbelts in the inline I had but they still ran.
About the same results with the Maxies but less expansion but ran about as far.
Also had deer run the same distance with RB's.
I have heard and found out that deer CAN live up to 7 seconds after a heart/lung shot.Have also heard that distance traveled depends on if the deer was inhaling or exhaling when hit.
If you really want "Drop'em in their tracks" results,get REALLY good and shoot cloverleafs at 50yds and go for head shots.
Not an advocate of taking a head shot but it works.
I'm also finding out that I don't depend on blood in tracking but more squatting and looking for direction of travel with scuffed up leaves.Tracking with blood is step by step where scuffed leaves show a longer travel path.
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Re: 1:28 loads

I've always shot T/C shockwaves out of my inline and had decent accuracy with the loads but I recently just bought hornady sst after reading a bunch of decent reviews on them. I've shot 2 deer with the shockwaves and both have dropped on the spot

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Thanx guys keep it coming!


I know lung shot deer especially lower hit don't usually drop...I've shot a deer or 3 now...

I have no issue finding well hit deer with the current lead...but I've had a few that without snow or a GOOD follow up job would have been lost 100yds from the shot...

Shot a doe last season from a stand with the ball-ets...hard quartering toward me..good rest...thought no way I missed...

Thought the back left leg was dangling as she ran...long white belly hair at POI...not a drop of blood...bone chunks everywhere...bone is usually leg hit from my experience... I couldn't figure it out...I had some scuffed leaves but short of that not a drop of blood and she was with like 7 other deer..I went to the place I last thought the deer I shot was and she was DOA blood everywhere at that point..

Went in just behind the near shoulder...lung/liver/future out between the legs and busted the back left leg..incredible penetration considering the size of her...

This year's deep lung shot..blood that would been tough to follow if I didn't have a little snow...petered out after 40yds and was gone...found her laying near where I lost it but in a super thick spot like I was it would been easy to loose...


I wanna start shooting the flinter in rifle season...I want a little more from my bullet if possible...quicker kills if that's possible...and/or easier to follow trails as there usually isn't snow...I don't wanna be stomping around opening day and some yahoo finds my buck and steals it...
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From what I hear a shot taking both shoulders out works also.I never liked this shot as I butcher my own deer and know how much meat is lost.

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.452 45 cal Hornady 300 gr HP/XTP in a black MMP sabot 90 gr 3F
250 gr shockwave 90 gr 2F
295 gr powerbelt 90 gr 2F
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Never used anything for hunting other than Powerbelts in my Lyman 1:32 flint since 2004, tried a few other things but always opted for the powerbelt. Started hunting with Powerbelts 18 years ago in other guns after lack of expansion with things like maxiballs, great plains, and buffalo bullets. Nothing loads easier and in my guns haven't found anything that shoots better. Some come close to the accuracy but don't exceed it and none load as easy. If you maintain at least 1000fps and not exceed about 1800fps and choose the correct powerbelt you'll get great performance.

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Maybe try the 460gr from No Excuses. I like they way they shoot from my 1:24" White.
http://www.muzzleloading-bullets.com...es/Page319.htm
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Re: 1:28 loads

Anyone ever shoot the Thor full bore Barnes bullets??



Or any of the "precision rifle" Conicals or sabots bullets?

Both seem to make claims that [censored] what I'm looking for....



I tried the Thors in my Hawken and the smallest one wouldn't come close to loading..will see if I can find it and try in the new barrel...not sure if I rather scrub copper or plastic lol...lead hasn't been an issue to clean with my ball-ets in the hawken...
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I have used PR conicals and sabots. There are fine shooting bullets imo. Currently use the sabots and can reach out with them if needed.
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