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    Best muzzleloader bullet for elk

    I want to hear from experience on this one! What bullet and grain have you had luck with on elk?
    I'm going to start working up loads and load development starts with the bullet IMO so I don't want to start with something that hasn't performed well In the past. Thanks!

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    I'll be paying attention to this thread also, As I'm going to be getting into muzzle loaders too.
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    Where r u going to be hunting and what will you be shooting?

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    Hopefully an elk in the mountains with a muzzleloader(knight disc extreme)

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    [QUOTE=(knight disc extreme) [/QUOTE]

    I thought you said muzzle loader....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drhorsepower View Post
    Hopefully an elk in the mountains with a muzzleloader(knight disc extreme)
    I only ask because I know in Colorado you have to use a muzzleloader 50 cal or bigger, no sabots, and loose powder. I personally don't like shooting anything with a patch so now you are down to Powerbelts, T/C maxi-ball/maxi-hunter, or a hornady FPB.

    If you are shooting a T/C (you said a knight) I would stay away from the Powerbelts and the maxi-ball/hunter (not sure how these shoot in a knight) I have used three different T/c's and I can not get any of them to group how I like. The maxis I can have 6 in groups at 100 yds but the Powerbelts are all over the paper. I've had them shoot 6 in groups at 100, then I will clean my gun and the next group will be 24 inches. I've got a buddy who uses the Powerbelts in a Cva and really likes them. I might but they fly like a knuckle ball out of every TC I've shot.

    I've actually spoke with TC several times about this and even with there own maxi product they don't recommend it for an inline. There comment was this bullet was designed for a more traditional ML and that rate of twist (if memory serves me correct a slower rate of twist). They can not explain the accuracy issues with the Powerbelts( even though I've asked repeatedly....they do not like this bullet at TC) only that many people call and ask about them and why they won't shoot. For a non sabot shooter they recommend the FPB by hornady and for the Sabot shooter either a Hornady SST or the TC shockwave.

    Personally I have settled on the FPB in a 300 grain for 50 cal and can hold 1inch groups at a 100 yds with open sights (cant use a scope in Colorado either). I have now used this bullet on Colorado elk twice with neither elk going more than 20 yds. One was shot at 60 yds the other at 110 yds. I'll be using it again this fall for number 3. I've also used it on deer and have had all 4 drop in there tracks from ranges of 15 yds to 150 yds here in Ohio. Bottomline I like this bullet. Sabots I like better, but I don't like switching back and forth in between colorado seasons and Ohio seasons. Maybe one day if I own 2 at the same time ill have my Elk ML gun and my deer ML gun!!!

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    Also, I'm shoot a 110 grains of pyrodex loose powder behind the FPB.

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    I do like the Thors for hunting, especially the feature of being able to get the correct diameter bullet that fits your particular barrel. Old Hunter is a real proponent of them, he turned me on to them and thats what I use. But all bets are off now as I'll be getting a new M/L in a couple of months....as soon as I get to the Grand Junction Cabelas. The I'll start with a clean slate.

    As far as powder goes, I use nothing but substitute American Pioneer Powder (APP) or Goex (real BP). I shoot competation Cowboy Action and use only BP or APP. IMHO APP burns almost like BP and is easier to clean.

    Check back in this catagory history and there are several reall good threads on M/L and bullets.
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    I am using a CVA 50 cal. I am going to try the FPB's but what powder are you using.

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    All depends where you hunt? If you can use sabots, I'd use them. I used Hornady 250 grain SST's the last time went hunting NM. They worked great, anything similar in design will work too.

 

 

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