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#473879 - 10/30/07 05:59 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: breezy]
TennBuck
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i have shot several deer with 295 pb's also. and they all fell in site, thank god! i'm not going to 150 grains of powder so the bullet will work. my friend has shot 180 gr hornady for years. he begged my years ago to try the honady's. i've seen his results and they are far better than minne with 1/2 the weight. i want to see my deer go down or track "a" blood trail. thehornady xp 240 grains will give me that. and they load just as easy as as the PB's.
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#474024 - 10/30/07 08:22 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: TennBuck]
iowavf
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TennBuck, I've never tried the hornady bullets. When you say they load as easy as PB, is that with a clean barrel? Have you tried loading them after shooting once? I tried the shockwaves and couldn't load without cleanning the barrel, that's one of the main reasond I shoot the PB.
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#474072 - 10/30/07 09:07 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: iowavf]
breezy
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The PB is the easiest loading bullet I have ever tried with shockwave being the hardest. I have shot the 240gr XTP Hornady hollow points and they are moderate on the loading part with good results as well. I choose to shoot 150gr. of powder for the flatter trajectory. I have noticed my gun groups better with that amount of powder as well. My Dads gun doesnt shoot 150 as well so he shoots 100, but he shoots pyrodex instead of 777. Which brings up another subject which is better between pyrodex and 777? 777 is easier to clean and seems to burn better but havent checked the velocities or range on the two....
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#474488 - 10/30/07 02:06 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: breezy]
Tnyoteboy
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I've had 2 different experiences with 245 gr aerotip powerbelts. One doe I hit at 115 yards had a complete upper chest passthru and a 9 pt hit at 45 yards had an entrance and no exit. Makes sense as the round had apparently slowed down enough at 115 yards to not expand enough and the one close up just exploded. Obviously both deer are dead so I guess it worked either way.........
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#474564 - 10/30/07 03:01 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Tnyoteboy]
CZ284
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I used the 295 gr PB for the last four years- never lost one and most went down within 30 yards (w/ 2 50 gr 777 pellets), but of all shot, only one passed through both sides.
I prefer to have an exit hole,so have switched this year to the TC 250 gr shockwaves(?). Accuracy looks as good as the PB, so the proof will be in the performance- plan on finding out Saturday morning!
Good luck.

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#474625 - 10/30/07 04:04 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: iowavf]
TennBuck
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i shot 10 in a row about 30 minutes ago. no problem!
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#474746 - 10/30/07 05:54 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: TennBuck]
stik
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if you dont have a reallllly long barrel with those 150 gr. loads ,you are blowing about 30gr. of UNBURNT powder out the barrel. spread newspaper out about 20 yds in front of you and shoot over it. look at all the unburnt powder.
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#475469 - 10/31/07 08:30 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: stik]
iowavf
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Thanks for the info Tennbuck, I'll think I'll get some and give them a try.
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#475494 - 10/31/07 08:51 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: iowavf]
CZ284
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Stik,

I agree. I tried 150 grains in my Encore a couple weekends ago, noticed a LOT of unburnt powder on the hood of the truck. Backed off to 100 grains like I had been using and the accuracy improved as well.

For me, 100 grains is enough.

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#475576 - 10/31/07 09:36 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Young Buck]
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 Originally Posted By: Young Buck
Go back to Barnes


That is the best advice you will ever get!

WIth your success with the Barnes, why did you ever go to something else. I swapped last year and I won't swap again.
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