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#3521271 - 12/29/13 06:16 PM 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading
stringtalker
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I just got my 200 grain hornady xtp's in the mail the other day to try in my .50 cal. Was shooting 260 grain and decided to try lighter loads. I shot it three times with triple7 powder, 100 grains, shot a real good group at 60 yards. I have some more C.O.P. 185 grain bullets ordered to try as well, has anyone else use light bullets, how much powder, and what was the performance on deer, thanks
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#3523852 - 12/31/13 10:24 AM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: stringtalker]
stringtalker
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So i guess everybody on here uses large muzzleloader bullets, and thinks smaller bullets want work?

Edited by stringtalker (12/31/13 10:24 AM)
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#3523949 - 12/31/13 11:17 AM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: stringtalker]
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I use 200 Hornady as well, a genuine pain to load. I tried 195 Power Belt with good results. I see no need to go lighter. I shoot a 45 cal CVA with 2 pellets, tried 3 but saw no advantage at 100 yards and below.
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#3524998 - 12/31/13 10:43 PM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: Frank G]
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I recently got some of the 200 grain hornady xtp to try out as well
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#3525269 - 01/01/14 08:55 AM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: hunter82]
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I use 200 grain Shockwaves, and have killed 3 deer with them in the last 2 years. 2 dropped in their tracks (neck shots), and one, that I shot through the lungs, only made it 15 yards before he hit the dirt.
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#3528625 - 01/03/14 07:24 AM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: HilhamHawk]
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I shoot 180-200gr .40cal XTP's in my 45 Encore. Killed dozens of deer over the years. Used to shoot 44cal 200gr XTP's in my 50 cal. Knight and they worked fine too.
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#3549161 - 01/16/14 02:19 PM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: Billboy]
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If you want to go lighter I would use the Shockwaves in 200gr. Much tougher bullet than the XTP. XTP is a great bullet 95% of the time but do you want to know what happens the other 5%? They fail. Now I use XTP for range work at 100-150 yards but hunt with something tougher.

The load I use with them is 80gr weighed BH209 and TC Shockwave 200gr in the blue sabot. Killed a bunch with them out to 180 yards give or take. Groups were less than 1.5 inches at 100 yards.

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#3552003 - 01/18/14 08:14 PM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: tasaman]
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 Originally Posted By: tasaman
If you want to go lighter I would use the Shockwaves in 200gr. Much tougher bullet than the XTP. XTP is a great bullet 95% of the time but do you want to know what happens the other 5%? They fail. Now I use XTP for range work at 100-150 yards but hunt with something tougher.

The load I use with them is 80gr weighed BH209 and TC Shockwave 200gr in the blue sabot. Killed a bunch with them out to 180 yards give or take. Groups were less than 1.5 inches at 100 yards.
see that's why im glad they make so many bullets, I love the xtp!!! have killed bunches with them never had a problem only two deer ive ever shot with shockwaves left zero blood and no expansion.
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#3553110 - 01/19/14 06:18 PM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: knightrider]
ewc
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I have pushed the 195-200 class bullets to 3K with 20+ kills from 20-250 yards.

They work.

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#3553877 - 01/20/14 10:32 AM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: ewc]
tasaman
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ewc...what were the entry/exit like pushing them fast? Also how about the blood trail? Any bang flops?
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#3555933 - 01/21/14 06:47 PM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: tasaman]
ewc
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Barnes 195 - one recovery, maybe 20 kills

Hornady 200 SST - no recovery, maybe 8,9+ kills.

Entry and exit were better than the xtp. Blood trail was bang flop for 20 of them, 10 of them maybe went 40 yards.

Need a tape measure for data collection.

FYI- xtp is a blow up. 6" entry and NO exit.

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#3559921 - 01/24/14 08:15 PM Re: 185 to 200 grain for muzzleloading [Re: ewc]
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I never could get the lighter bullets to shoot as accurate as i like. I did kill one with a light knight bullet. It took a couple steps and fell over.
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