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#480723 - 11/05/07 09:49 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: ROOKIE2323]
iowavf
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That's what going in my 45 Encore this year. 223 platinums and 3 777 pellets.
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#481265 - 11/05/07 05:09 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: breezy]
JDBinTN
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I've not heard anyone say anything good at all about powerbelts.
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#481586 - 11/05/07 07:44 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: JDBinTN]
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we have eaten every deer my son has shot with a powerbelt so i have no complaint. i have always shot the XTP's.
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#481591 - 11/05/07 07:47 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: JDBinTN]
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I haven't had a problem with them. I shot 1 deer last year and she left a great blood trail and only ran 25 yards.
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#492793 - 11/14/07 06:12 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: A-Bomb]
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 Originally Posted By: A-Bomb
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.


A-Bomb,

Have you tried the heavier Powerbelts? I get nearly the same accuracy with the 348 and 405 grn Powerbelts as I did the 295 grn ones, and I get full pass-throughs and good blood trails with the heavier bullets.

No blood trail is fine if the deer drops within sight. But wait until a deer runs into a jungle at night and no blood trail will quickly become a problem.
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#493721 - 11/14/07 06:32 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: BSK]
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I shot a buck this year with 300gr. platinum pb. I had a complete Pass thru and once it started bleeding it was a good blood trail. UPSMAN found him and he said it was spraying blood all over the trees about 4 feet high, he can explain and clarify if he reads it. I will use them to see the results on another deer before I decide. So far so good.
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#494095 - 11/14/07 09:10 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: ROOKIE2323]
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the complete verdict is still not in for me. while i have taken many deer with them i have the same concerns and results some of the guys on here have had. The one main staying reason is that i love the way they load. I am a firm believer that one shouldnt have to push with all of their might to get a bullet down a barrel as some go. But having said that i want a bullet that gets the job done consistently. I have not found that yeat with any bullet but still hang on to the pb's because of the aforementioned reasons.
One impt thing i have come to learn is that for max accuracy in my winchester apex is that i need to swab between shots to get the most consistent accuracy or risk missing or badly wounding another deer on the second shot. I will never shoot at another deer before swabbing first!!....no matter what.
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#495025 - 11/15/07 03:42 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Boone 58]
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Was shooting Powerbelts and never had a problem. Talked to Smotherman from Knight and he said they had to much blow by because of their smaller diameter and that you could not get the same velocity. They killed every deer I ever shot at. Ayhow I heeded the warning and grabed Hornady 225(I think)xtp? I am shooting a 45 cali knight disc elite. Anyhow hit 120lb buck in the shoulder and took out both shoulder with a pass thru shooting 110gr shockey pellets. Complete pass thru and deer just shook as he hitt he ground. Not bad as far as I am concerned. May go back to belts. Hornadys load just as easy though. My 2 cents.
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#495814 - 11/16/07 06:35 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Big J]
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Interesting Big J.
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#495978 - 11/16/07 08:47 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: BSK]
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I SWITCHED TO HORNADY 3 YEARS AGO AND WILL NEVER GO BACK TO ANYTHING ELSE. ESPPESUALLY POWERBELTS. I NEVER HAD GOOD LUCK WITH THEM. I GAVE ALL MY OTHER BULLETS AWAY, AND HAD PACKS THAT WERE NEVER OPENED
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