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#476090 - 10/31/07 03:05 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
A-Bomb
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Registered: 11/09/06
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Loc: Nashville

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The powerbelts have always bothered me a little and continue to pose a conundrum for me. I have been shooting the 295 gr hollowpoints for a number of years and the groups I can get out of them are amazing.

I have killed probably around 10 deer with them and have only had pass thru one time. This used to really bug me (and still does some) but I stuck with them b/c of the confidence their accuracy gave me. As I thought about it more, I started to realize that I was complaining (if only to myself) about a bullet that had done nothing other than provide 100% success every time I have asked it to perform.

I think it is important to understand the powerbelts limitations and not try to break down a shoulder or attempt a texas heart shot, but beyond that I have no problem recommending them.

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#476173 - 10/31/07 04:21 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: A-Bomb]
cecil30-30
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Registered: 12/05/06
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I just went out to the catoosa firing range today with my cva kodak and with open sights i was puting all of 5 shots within a 7 in circle.I was shooting 100 gr pyrodex pellets and the 270 gr platinum powerbelts.Those are the only bullets i can get to group for me.I bought some hornady 300 gr sabots(not the sst's),I think the express mags,to try, but after i seen how the powerbelts shot,I didn't even open them.
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#476968 - 11/01/07 12:04 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: breezy]
decaturhunter
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Registered: 10/30/07
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Loc: Decatur County, TN

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I have never had any problems out of power belts except for when
using shockleys powder. other than that, they have been very good at the range (still haven't shot a deer yet).

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#478452 - 11/02/07 02:23 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: decaturhunter]
Headhunter
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Registered: 11/14/00
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Loc: LaVergne, TN USA

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I will put the 223 gr. platinum up against any bullet you are shooting. I shoot a 45 caliber and have killed several deer with it, great exit holes, and the deer have not taken more than a few steps. I have killed many deer with a 50 cal thompson center percussion, open sights, but my range was limited to about 100 yards. With 45 and pw platinum I killed an 8 ptr that field dressed 140 lbs at 160 yards last year. I also killed a mature doe at 190 yards. But get this, I am going to hunt with a flintlock some this year. I have hunted some in years past with it but never seem to see any deer when I take the flintlock but will still hunt with it some.
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#478473 - 11/02/07 02:48 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Headhunter]
mike243
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i have shot a lot of deer with the 295g & a few with the 245g & havent lost 1 yet,they do what i ask of them & i dont care about no pass thru,dead deer dont tell no tales, \:\) mike243
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#479526 - 11/04/07 07:41 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: mike243]
CZ284
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Registered: 10/30/06
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Loc: Rossville, Tn

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I shot the 295 powerbelts for several years- great accuracy but only one pass through. I switched to the Shockwave 250 with the easy glide sabots and stayed with 100 grains of 777 pellets.

Shot two deer yesterday afternoon, one at the top of the shoulder @ 85 yards, dropped i it's tracks. The second was right at dark as I was walking back to the truck, 90 yards quartering away. Both shots passed completely through- the quartering away shot took out both lungs and left a very ample blood trail.

I'm sold on them- if you're not having pass througs with the powerbelts and want something accurate that penetrates better (I like pass throughs mainly for the better blood trail, especially ni the evening), try the Shockwaves.

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#479776 - 11/04/07 01:51 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: BSK]
Tenbears
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Registered: 12/08/03
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Loc: MUSIC CITY (BNA)

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Never have like them I ran out and bought them when they stormed on the scene. I was mistaken. The performance of the bullet was subpar. Would not hold a grouping wortha plug nickle.

Love the shochwave though.
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#480422 - 11/04/07 11:23 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Tenbears]
Old Timer
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Registered: 05/11/04
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Loc: Normandy Tn.

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I wouldn't hunt with a bullet that didn't ALWAYS completely penetrate without fragmenting on broadside shots. Such a bullet might be reliable enough on picture perfect broadside shots, but I want a bullet that will do the job from any angle that doesn't require breaking the pelvis. I see no good reason to give up opportunities.
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#480637 - 11/05/07 08:35 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Old Timer]
Headhunter
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Registered: 11/14/00
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Loc: LaVergne, TN USA

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Killed this one saturday morning at 130 yards. Complete pass thru. He dressed 157 lbs.






The powerbelt platinums have always passed thru for me. I can also shoot one inch groups at 100 yards.
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#480661 - 11/05/07 08:48 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Headhunter]
ROOKIE2323
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Registered: 05/17/04
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nice buck
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