Last night I was attempting to sight in my Winchester Apex (209, .50 cal, 100 grs of 777 pellets) and I ran into the same problems I've ran into in the past. I'm finally fed up and looking for a solution. Here's the deal.
I shot ballistic tipped Powerbelts in the past and my brother bought me a box of TC Shockwaves to try. The problem is, it seems the tip always gets screwed up when I'm loading the gun because it's so hard to seat the bullet. It's fine with the first time or 2 I load it, but after that, forget it.
I've actually seen the tip from a Powerbelt fall out of my barrel once while hunting and it was mangled and I pushed a Shockwave part-way in yesterday and checked it and the tip was smashed and it wasn't more than 3-4" down the barrel.
So, I'm wondering, what can I use to increase the longevity of the lubrication in the barrel (if anything)? I've heard of "Bore Butter" but have never tried it.
Also, do they make a special ramrod to protect ballistic tipped sabots? I like the theory behind them and the few deer I've shot with them piled right up but I know the damaged tip isn't helping the accuracy any.
Worse case is I'm getting rid of the Powerbelts and Shockwaves I have left and am just going to shoot a hollow point or plain round-nosed sabot from here on out.
Just looking for some advice from you guys with more experience than me.
"I suppose it is the way of hunters. We are very odd fellows." ~ Peter Hathaway Capstick