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#496002 - 11/16/07 09:02 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: BSK]
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Registered: 11/09/06
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BSK,

I have not tried the heavier ones and I absolutely agree with what you are saying regarding blood trails pass thru. I am very much a pro pass thru kinda guy. I worried alot about this issue with the powerbelts over the years. My issue was the good accuracy vs the lack of pass thru. If I am doing my part I can actually get 1" groups with the 295 gr PBs. When the heavier PBs came out I considered switching, but wondered if I was overreacting about the passthru as I have always easily recovered every deer I have shot with them.

It is interesting to hear that you have had similar accuracy from the 295s as well as the larger bullets. I am not an accuracy nut, I just like the confidence it gives me in the field. If I can get minute of deer out of the 348gr or 405gr PBs and get pass thru then I agree it would be a superior solution. I will give them a try .

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#501067 - 11/20/07 06:13 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: LA man]
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Registered: 05/08/02
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I've used 295 aerotips for years with excellent results until this past Sunday in Illinois. I shot a large bodied buck in the shoulder and the bullet exploded on impact. It was a 60 yard shot with 100 gr 777. I took up the blood trail 30 minuted later and it appeared as a leg shot with all the small drips and clotting. It was actually a very good blood trail though. I slowly stalked my way down the trail until I found where he stopped. As I stood there trying to figure out which way he went, I heard a clicking noise. Standing there investigating, I realized he was bedded in honeysuckle 25 yards away facing the other direction. It blew my mind! After about 5 minutes I was able to sneak myself into position for a dispatch shot at 10 yards! It was behind the shoulder and was a complete pass through. I'm still a little on the fence on whether I should continue to use them because they've worked so well every other time. That was first shot with my new TC Triumph though.
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#501243 - 11/20/07 07:55 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: breezy]
hunter drew
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Registered: 06/16/07
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Loc: henderson county TN Lexington

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I want use them again....I shoot 100 grains of powder and 145 ( I THINK THAT IS THE SIZE WITH OUT LOOKING)grain bullet and not get a pass thur at 38 yards and the other was at 93 yards and no pass thur
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#502836 - 11/21/07 08:15 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: ]
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POWER BELTS ARE EASY TO LOAD AND THAT IS ABOUT IT. GO TO 777 AND T/C OR HORNADAYS? and you will be happy.
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#503905 - 11/22/07 08:24 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: HUNT4ME]
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Registered: 11/10/02
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I used the Powerbelts 245g for the first time this year. They are easy to load which is beneficial with a group of deer hanging our in front of you! \:D

I'm tickled with the accuracy-killed two at over 100 yards. One being a doe I shot twice at 160. The downside is that's the only one with a good pass thru. Not sure why, being the longest shot other than she was small.

I'm gonna try the Horndays again next year (or maybe when I get home) with 150g of pellets. I killed two with them a couple of years ago and both produced clean pass thrus. The second didn't expand much, probably because it was a 20 yard shot.
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#541543 - 12/27/07 12:04 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: breezy]
bohun10g
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Registered: 12/13/07
Posts: 245
Loc: Sparta,TN

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I know that the knight and encore that I have didn't like the powerbelts.
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#541901 - 12/27/07 11:55 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: bohun10g]
iowavf
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Registered: 10/25/05
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Shot a buck the other morning with 223 platinum at about 95 yards. Hit him behind the front shoulder and the bullet was lodged in the skin on the other side. Deer went anout 15 yards and piled into a tree. Good blood and the bullet stayed in one piece and is about the size of a nickel. The heart and lung looked like ground meat. I don't have any reasons to switch yet.
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#543320 - 12/28/07 06:55 PM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: iowavf]
Mike Belt
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I used the 295 gr. PB's since they came out. I've killed every deer I've shot at and haven't had a single pass-through. I figured I didn't need one as long as the deer were either dropping on the spot or never traveling over 50 yards. However, the poterntial was there to lose one with no blood trail so I switched to the heavier 338's and I've had nothing but pass-throughs on the deer I've taken since changing.
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#551717 - 01/06/08 11:57 AM Re: Powerbelt poor performance? [Re: Mike Belt]
iowavf
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Shot another buck @ 75 yards with the 223 platinum, complete pass through, didn't need blood trail because the deer was laying where I shot him. He didn't even kick or move around, just straight down to the ground. Exit hole was about 1 1/2" round.
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