Originally Posted by HNTRDAVE
Yes. From what I have just read, not sounding good. Need to find another option.
My personal experience with the BOR Lock bullet out of my T/C Omega was not impressive and possibly dangerous. The plastic tips were occasionally falling out by merely taking the bullets out of the package, presenting the risk of a bore obstruction in the field. It wouldn't take much for the ramrod seater to pull the tip out and drop it back down without the user knowing.
At 50 yards, the 270 gr. lead version would consistently produce two holes touching and one wild flier about 2" away from the 2-shot cluster. Group after group this would happen. Knowing what I know now, I wonder if the tips were indeed falling out in flight or otherwise, causing this. Worse, they loaded a little *too* easily and it felt/sounded like they were trying to slide back up the bore when pulling the ramrod back up. After I found myself re-seating the bullets out of paranoia more than once, I pulled the plug on trying them and mailed the rest back to Federal with a note explaining my concerns. Supposedly, they fixed the tip falling out problem, but I can't say if they addressed the very loose fit. This is what a group would look like - not good. Note the loose tip I found fallen out of one of the bullets on my bench:
If you are looking for an excellent alternative to the BOR Lock for a full bore bullet that doesn't require special fitting like the THOR, try the 350 gr. Harvester Saber Tooth bullet:
Don't let the 1990's-looking website fool you; these things shoot extremely well. Using a full charge (120 gr.) of Blackhorn 209 and good, firm seating over the powder, these puppies will stack 3 shots touching at 50 yards and go MOA or better at 100 yards out of my Omega. They're a way more consistent performer than what I got with the BOR. I am going to give them a shot on game this year, most likely during the early doe muzzeloader season in PA. All reports are that they are exceptional on game, and I wish I discovered them sooner to find out for myself. For camparison, after many great groups during prior practice sessions, I took one final 50-yard validation shot with this bullet last night before packing it up for my Colorado bull muzzleloader hunt...yep, she's good. This was with iron sights, mind you, as scopes are not allowed for Colorado muzzleloader hunts. Definitely inspires confidence when you hit exactly where you're aiming:
FYI - A hunting buddy is having the same accuracy issues I had with the BOR Lock bullets, but he's completely bent on trying to get past them and using the BOR Lock bullets on our Colorado muzzleloader elk hunt next week. I'm using a .54 cal flintlock as my primary gun on that hunt, but the T/C with the 350 gr. Saber Tooth bullets is coming along as a backup in case the weather gets ugly. I have full faith in them if they are called upon.