Lot of guys shoot the power belt i even shot the round ball last year with success got a 5x4, just make sure the gun shoots it well, mine wouldn't keep a group with them was using 100 grms pyrodex with 345 grain power belt , just for elk use as heavy bullet you can shoot well.
I have been looking at the Thompson conical and the Power Belts.
I will be testing both in my muzzleloader. I have been using sabots
and took dandy 7 x 6 bull in New Mexico at 178 yards in 05. I have hunted
elk for the last 15 years and been successful with a centerfire but the
new inline muzzleloaders definitely provide a more challenging hunt.
My muzzleloader has a 1:32 twist, so it shoots best with relatively long bullets. As such, I use the Thompson Maxi-Ball, which is a fairly long conical. The PowerBelt bullets are also fairly long and are legal in Colorado.
I'm not sure what the twist is in your rifle, but if you were considering sabots then I'd guess it is fairly fast and so you want a fairly long bullet.
Bottom line is you need to try a variety of bullets and loads to find what works best for you in your rifle. Good luck!
How many of you out there keep a journal of your hunting trips or outings? I started to about 20 years ago and then moved them from a journal to a story that I will send out to my friends so that they can enjoy the time as well. I'll aslo put into the journal the scouting trips that go along with the hunts of limited or once in a lifetime hunts.
I have found that if you buy a small notebook that fits into your shirt pocket and take it with you when you head out is the...