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Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

I have used 245 grain 50 cal aerotip bullets for 6 years now in my inline muzzleloader. They load and group consistently better than any others bullets I have tried. I've killed 6 deer with them, the most recent being an Allegheny County doe on Monday night. Of the 6 deer that I have killed, I have no obtained a complete pass through on any of them. Three deer dropped in their tracks and three ran off and I tracked and found them.

The doe I shot Monday night was 100 yards and I hit her in the ribs behind the shoulder in the perfect double lung location. The bullet did not hit any bone, save a rib, and did not pass through. This doe ran off 150 yards and I found her about an hour later still alive and had to finish her off.

Question is does anyone else have similar results with Powerbelt aerotips? I'm using 150 grains of Pyrodex out of my Vortek Ultralight. That should be generating enough energy to push that bullet through. I'm thinking that these bullets pancake on impact and cannot penetrate through the chest cavity. I have several flat Powerbelts to prove it.

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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

I have never used the 245's only the 295 gr hollow points. I have only had good results with them. THere is a conversation going on in the traditional forum below... If you didn't see it here it is...

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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

I use 2 pellets with the 295 gr. aerotip. I have shot through almost every deer I shot and I can only remember one that did not fall with in sight of me. It ran over the edge of the hill and out of sight.

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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

I too have moved up to the 295 grain aerotips. I never lost a deer with the 245 gr. hollow points, but some went farther than I thought they should have.

I am a firm believer that the 295 grain aerotips are a much better load for deer.

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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

I use 295gr. ! work great !
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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

250gr Aerolite Powerbelt will leave a huge entrance hole in a deer
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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

With the powder load you are using the bullet is probably expanding too rapidly. I think you will find that either lowering the powder charge some, or increasing the bullet weight will help get you a pass through. I quit using powerbelts and went back to TC Maxi-balls and shot my doe Saturday with a 320 grain Maxi-ball. It was a quartering away shot that caught the last rib and exited between the shoulder and neck, opened up the lungs and the liver and knocked it over right there. Powerbelts are good bullets, you may just be driving a bit fast or traveling too light.
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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

By the way, I am only using 80 grains of powder to push the 320 grain bullet and the shot was over 80 yards.
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Re: Powerbelt Bullet Thoughts

I use a 295 grain powerbelt aerotip with 100 grains of 777 and have the opposite happen. I have never shot a deer with it yet that didn't pass straight thru (6 now). I have had them run up to 80 or 90 yards with only one ever dropping in it's tracks.

What I have noticed is that the exit wound is pretty much the same as the entrance wound. I am thinking of changing to the hollow points when I run out of bullets.


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Go with the heavier bullet and back off on the powder charge.

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