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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Powerbelts out of a flintlock

I have a T/C Penn Hunter carbine flintlock.

Are powerbelts a good bullet to shoot out of one?

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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

I shoot them out of my 45cal pedersoil

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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

Works ok in the Traditions PA Pellet and Thompson Omega.
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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

Whether you can load it or get any accuracy depends entirely on the rifling/ Deeper than average round ball rifling will simply not shoot a conical any more accurate than a spit ball fired from a straw.

Some shallow round ball rifling will shoot them just fine, although faster twist does better. Through most of it's run, TC has barrelled most of it's products with shallow medium twist or fast twist rifling
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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

Zimm is right.Depth of rifling and twist is the key with them.They are allot more expensive than a round ball and the Powerbelts will NOT make a bad hit a good one.No deer is gonna live with a 1/2" hole in the heart or lungs from either.

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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

Patched round balls pushed through rifled, long barreled flintlocks, helped extend our 18th. century, Pennsylvania borders ever westward. Patched round balls remain a killing sphere of lead to this day!

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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

Powerbelts are crap. my dad shot a deer and the projectile was found in the deers chest cavity, not a single bit of expansion. Could have shot the same bullet again because there was absolutely no damage.

i used hornady sabots for 2 seasons (44 caliber projectile, sabot makes it 50cal) and they expand GREAT! BUT, didnt notice a difference in killing ability between those and roundballs, besides the price ..stick with roundballs
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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

I quit using roundballs the year other bullets were allowed and have no desire to go back to them.

Used some T/C and Buffalo Bullet projectiles in the meantime but just wanted to know if Powerbelts would work.

I will see if they do. Thanks for the replies.
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Hornady PA Conicals...nuff said.

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Re: Powerbelts out of a flintlock

I have a T/C PA Hunter and started shooting 348gr. Powerbelts last year on the recommendation of a friend. I heard some bad reports on the 250gr. so I went with the 348gr. They shot very well for me. I took a doe last year at 130 yards. I don't think I would have taken the shot with a RB but they grouped so well at 100 yards I felt comfortable with the shot.

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