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    Muzzle Loader Bullets

    I have a .50 TC Black Diamond Express front stuffer that I use and am not extremely happy with the bullets I have been using. I have used the Power Point with the plastic cup seal in 290 gr (I think). A couple of years ago I shot a 5x5 bull right behind the shoulder, took out a rib and passed thru w/o expanding! He ran about 100 yards and layed down and died. The part that I dont get is no bullet expansion. Bullet has polymer point, but still went thru and exited. Exit hole was about the same size as entry.

    I am looking for a better expanding bullet in the 300 to 400 gr area.
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    CC, I use the Barnes TMZ sabots in a 250 grain. I used to shoot a black diamond, and on it I used the green powerbelts. Seemed to shoot ok with them but didn't use it very much. When I sold the bd, I bought an Omega and tried to use the powerbelts on it also. I couldn't get them to group for nothing so I switched over to the Barnes. These sabots shoot amazing out of my Omega on paper and on game! They say all muzzleloaders shoot ammo differently so you may need to do some experimenting but these are what worked for me. I just used it this last season and smoked two mulies and a bull elk, and they definitely do the trick. Seems like you prefer a heavier load so these may not work for you but maybe they make them bigger than what I use...the 250 did it for me.

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    Only problem is that sabots are illegal here in Colorado. The PB's grouped good, but they just didn't seem to expand the way I thought they should.
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    I'm surprised the Powerbelt didn't expand. They usually expand too much and don't penetrate. Some even blow up if the load is too heavy.

    This is my Colorado ML bullet. Made by Barnes to full bore specs. Expansion and penetration is perfect. You need to get the proper fit in the bore though. Send him an e-mail, or give him a call. He'll send you out a sample pack of different sizes. Once you decide what size fits you can give him an order. He'll send them out to you, and if you like them you send him a check. If not just send them back. He's a one man operation and a great guy. His name is Terry.

    http://thorbullets.com/

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    Thanks for the info. I'll send him an email.
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    Yep, You won't have any problems with the Thors expansion.

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    Sample pack is on the the way. Thanks. Looks like great expansion. Did you weigh the expanded slug to see how much retained weight there was?
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    Typical of a Barnes. It will be close to 100%.

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    Let us know how the thors shoot out of your gun been thinking of getting these also but have read mixed results. I want to shoot farther ranges than most but that is just me. I have read they do okay for accuracy just not sure if I want to make the switch. I switched to the Barnes myself from reading other post and now I have a box of Barnes I won't be using a 3" group isn't good enough for me. I currently am shooting 100 grains of Blackhorn 209 and 300 Hornady SST's shooting 1 3/8" group at 100 yards. If I could get that with the thors or Hornady FPB which are similar to the thors I might switch to them, bigger holes!!!

    Well let us know how they do always great to hear how others shoot!!!

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    I switched to Hornady FPBs for colorado last year. I havent killed anything with them yet but they seem to shoot well in my knight disc extreme with 100 grains of 777 fffg. I have herd some guns like them and some dont though. I have also herd the power belts can be unreliable

 

 

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