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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks for the comments guys. I'll be doing a bit of experimenting.
 

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Dropped one in its tracks Monday night with 295 Powerbelt and 90gr pushing and had a pass thru at about 75 yards.
 

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Nice to hear from you too Jim.
 

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I shot a doe at 80yds on tuesday with the 295gr Aero Tip. She dropped on the spot just like the other six I have hit with the same combo. I know that shooting six deer does not make me a expert, but I have always been very pleased with the performance of the 295gr Aero Tip. Every shot was also a complete pass through.

Good luck, Tony
 

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I have tried the 348's and the 405's in HP form, and got similar accuracy with them. To me, more weight is good if the accuracy is there. I know some guys with similar results to your's with big powder, and close range. I shoot 150 gr powder also, cuz I get the best accuracy with it, and have pretty devastating effects with it. Exit hole means next to nothing to me, but expansion inside, bone breaking, soft tissue damage, etc. does - in researching it a bit, I think the skin can act very elastically with bullet passage sometimes, and look like the bullet didn't expand, when it did, but the skin didn't tear out like the soft tissue behind it. I think PB's are soft, and the heavier weights is key with close range/more velocity. I noticed almost nobody stocks the 348's or the 405's, so I ordered them in. The trajectories between weights are so close as to be a non-issue. JMHO.
 

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Just becuase the gun can handle 150 grains of powder, that doesn't mean it's the best load for the gun or the bullet. Not only for accuracy, but also for efficiency. I've found in my Knight 125 grains with the 295 grain aero tip will knock down anything within 300 yards without another step. Adding the extra powder only makes it smokier when I shoot it. And the lighter bullet doesn't really help it to shoot that much flater. Try the heavier bullet, or a lighter load, the hollow point or areo tip has nothing to do with it. Shoot into a few old phone books, that should give you a good idea of what the bullet does on impact, and how deep it goes.
 

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I agree with some of the other comments. Try backing off of the powder charge. I'm shooting 295 hollowpoints with 100gr 777. They just fall down.
 
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