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Location: Tinley Park, IL
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Best muzzleloader bullet for IL whitetail?

I just got my first muzzleloader (CVA Accura 50 cal) and will be using it for the first time this season. I'm seeing that they make muzzleloader bullets in all shapes and sizes - conicals, sabots, solid and hollow points from 223gr to 444 gr, etc. I know each gun has it's own preferences and that accuracy can vary according to the bullet type and load but what WEIGHT bullet do most of you muzzleloader hunters use for whitetails? How big is big enough to really drop them? BTW, my typical shot will be in the 30-70 yd range.

I have to admit that I lean towards "bigger is better" thinking that it'll make the deer fall closer to where I shoot him or bleed out faster if the shot placement is less than ideal. I'm too old and lazy to be hauling a carcass up hills and through the woods if it isn't necessary. And I HATE tracking a deer at night when there is not a clear bloodtrail.

Thanks guys for your input.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Best muzzleloader bullet for IL whitetail?

My choice for bullets for a MZ is the Barnes line. I am currently using the 285gr Expander MZ. Great expansion!

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Location: Minnesota
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Best muzzleloader bullet for IL whitetail?

I shoot the 245 Aero tip by Powerbelt. I shoot 2 Pyro pellets, but that is just a bit too hot for that short a distance. I know a lot of guys talk about an 80 grain powder charge behind that Powerbelt. At the proper load, they expand great, are very accurate and deer fall quickly.

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Best muzzleloader bullet for IL whitetail?

Any reason you don't shoot anything bigger? Is that the 245 gr is more accurate? Did you ever try a heavier Powerbelt? How far do they run if it is a good double lung shot? Just curious.

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Location: Minnesota
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Best muzzleloader bullet for IL whitetail?

i like a flatter trajectory bullet becuase i get a lot of quick shots. I typically don't get the luxury of sitting in my stand and calcualting the distances. I'm a couple inches high at 50 yards, and zero'd at 100 (with scope). Open sights, i'm zero'd at 50 and 2-3 inches low at 100. the doe i shot last year went 10 yards. If yo are interested in Powerbelts, i would recommend going to the manufacturers website and checking out all of the different bullets and the ballistic charts. they are pretty complete. Then, before you get your heart set on a bullet, go to the store and see what bullet selections are available. Then see what shoots best out of your gun. One thing to keep in mind is that more powder is not always better. Also, it makes a difference as to what your typical shot distance is. mine is going to be 50 to 100 yds during firearms, 50 or less during ML season (different farms).

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