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Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby Bagg-it Tag-it » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:40 pm

I'm about to start hunting with my muzzleloader again this year. I used to shoot Buckhorn 209 with a 250 gr shockwave or SST. But I've seen several people say that they didn't think those bullets expanded enough. I've only shot 5 or so deer with my muzzleloader and I have to admit...if they didn't drop dead immediately that they did run a long ways and didn't leave a big blood trail. What are some favorites or recommendations?
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby Grill-n-man » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:27 pm

I have killed them with lead buffalo and great plains bullets, XTP, SST, Power Belts, and Bloodlines The bloodlines are to date the most devastating bullet I have ever killed one with out of a muzzleloader. Alot lay claim to the Barnes bullets but I have never killed one with them.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby 451LRML » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:39 pm

I make, cast and shoot my own - heavy lead HP conicals (mostly 45 cal), have won a lot of matches.. Super rare to recover a bullet, big exit holes.
If I shot sabots, I’d shoot the Barnes Exp MZ.
Shot placement is key with any....practice.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby PickettSFHunter » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:35 pm

Barnes MZ’s


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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby CHRIS WILSON » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:58 am

The last few seasons, I've been using a 250 gr Barnes with 100 gr/volume of BH209. It's been an effective load with pretty good exit wounds. I've contemplated going heavier in bullet weight and will probably play with the 300 MZ and the 290 TEZ after this season. The best load I've ever shot out of an MZ, as far as exit wounds are concerned, was a 410 gr flat point Great Plains conical with 85-90 grs of Triple 7. That load was just plain devastating on deer and hogs and never failed to give an impressive exit wound. Sadly, Hornady stopped producing the 410 gr version and I never could get the 385 gr versions to shoot anywhere near as well.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby whwood21 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:58 am

TC Shock-wave 250 grain and 90 grains of blackhorn 209 in my TC Impact with iron sights, holds very well out to 100 yards with irons. I have seen nice expansion in 2 deer and as mentioned above they dropped in their tracks. Sticking with this setup for now.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby ROVERBOY » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:10 pm

The best bullets I've had luck with are the T/C Maxi-ball 370 gr. and Maxi-hunter 350 gr., Hornady Great Plains 385, Hornady XTP .44 caliber 240 gr., Nosler 260 gr. .45 caliber, and killed a few with .50 cal. round balls. Although the round balls are a little iffy if you don't hit shoulder or neck. I couldn't get expansion with rb in behind shoulder shots.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby infoman jr. » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:07 am

I like the Barnes TEZ.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby whwood21 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:39 am

Not sure if you have come across Chuck Hawks but he has reviews and data on a plethora of muzzle loader bullets, powders, guns etc. Very interesting to read his articles and seems to have a lot of respect in the shooting world.

https://www.chuckhawks.com/index2h.muzzleloader.htm
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby SKFOOTER » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:49 pm

250 grain Barnes TEZ is the most accurate bullet I’ve shot in my Encore.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby peytoncreekhunter » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:22 am

I use the Hornady .44 cal 300 grain XTP with the green sabot.

Very satisfied with its accuracy.

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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby GMB54 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:08 am

Lehigh controlled fracture and Bloodlines made for Knight by Lehigh are stellar. Expansion...well fracturing actually is reliable over a wide range of impact speeds. Tissue trauma and penetration combined from these bullets is unmatched.

The copper version sold directly by Lehigh is especially good and cheaper than Barnes. I like the 230gr only because its what my rifle prefers.
https://www.lehighdefense.com/all?ajaxf ... fracturing

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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby mike243 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:58 pm

Killed them with a bunch of different , the shortest run distance for most was the 295-300g powerbelt shooting 100-130g of pyrodex, have killed several with the 250g shockwaves pushing them in my smokeless, not much expansion shooting thru ribs and long runs, 240 XTP no long runs and all pass thru, picked up some 200g that I have yet to try made by traditions. will see how well they shoot before I try them on a deer.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby ROVERBOY » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:38 am

I've killed 8 or 10 with the XTP .44 cal. 240 gr. jhp. They seem to always work good for me. I've meant to try the Barnes bullet that's an all copper hp. Can't think of the name.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby MickThompson » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:03 pm

ROVERBOY wrote:I've killed 8 or 10 with the XTP .44 cal. 240 gr. jhp. They seem to always work good for me. I've meant to try the Barnes bullet that's an all copper hp. Can't think of the name.


Expander. It’s what I shoot. I love that I don’t have to look for lead spatter if I hit a bone.
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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby Pinwheeled » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:52 pm

I switched from 250gr SST’s to 300’s over 100gr of bh209 and couldn’t be happier. Blood trails have been unreal and they haven’t run far at all if they even run.


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Re: Muzzleloader bullet suggestions

Postby cbhunter » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:51 pm

I ordered me some Barnes this year thanks to this thread. I also decided to shoot BH powder. That has turned into buying a new breach plug and now I need better 209’s instead of the muzzleloader ones. This all started because I bought a used accura earlier this year. It’s all a money pit lol


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