I am a newbie smokepoler who just bought a CVA .50 cal Accura this year and took my first whitetail this season at 60 yds using a 295gr Powerbelt hollowpoint and 100gr Pyrodex. It was a 2 1/2 year old doe and I hit her high and forward but caught the lung(s). To my surprise there was no exit wound and, since the shot was high and there was only one hole, it ran over 75 yds. There was no blood trail for the first 30 yds. Made it a royal pain to track after dark!
I am thinking maybe I need to go to a heavier bullet and/or powder sharge to ensure a big exit wound and bring the deer down faster but I am noticing that most guys shoot 245/250 gr bullets or sabots with 100gr of Pyrodex instead of the full 150gr (when the gun is made for it). Powerbelts come in several sizes going up to 348 gr. Isn't anyone tempted to use a bigger bullet for greater stopping power?