how far can i shoot with a optima 50 cal magnum barel shooting 90 grains of pyrdex powder and a 245 power belt aero tip bullet?
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Sun, 2009-12-13 17:51
Mon, 2009-12-14 07:04#1
For deer - probably about 100yds. Anything tougher than deer will be less.
Mon, 2009-12-14 10:19#2
i sighted in at 50 yards and hit the same at 100 so im figuring abot 150 200 my scope is like the bdc retical
Mon, 2009-12-14 11:12#3
Put a target up at 150 and 200 yards and see what you can do. The biggest problem is the knock down power at that range.
Mon, 2009-12-14 11:45#4
With a modern scoped Inline ML and conicals or sabots you can nearly shoot as far as with a modern cartridge gun. A cal. 50 inliner reaches similar energy as a .308 Win.
That is the cause why inline ML in Germany can only be bought with permission.
The sidelocks are fre to get.
Mon, 2009-12-14 20:10#5
I agree with Kirrmeister.
I shoot 350 gr maxi ball Buffalo bullets pushed by 85 grains Pyrodex outta a Rem 700 ML and am zeroed at 100 yards.
I only have a 8 1/2" drop at 200 yards making it just under that of a 30.06 168 gr.
I would have no problem shooting a Deer at 150 -200 yards however I rarely have a shot at that distance here in Florida.
Tue, 2009-12-15 07:19#6
The biggest problem is the knock down power at that range.
Agree wholeheartedly. My experience with shooting beyond 100yds is that regardless of load, some ML can do it reliably, and some can't.
Tue, 2009-12-15 07:49#7
Last year I shot my 5x5 with my encore 50 with a leupold lrd, using 100gr of 777 and a 300gr platnum pb at 176 yards. It made a complete pass through both lungs busting a rib going in and one going out with a 1.5" hole leaving.
IMO you need to work a load and shoot it enough that you know what it is going to do from the gun to as far as you feel comfortable shooting your gun.
I feel; good out to 200 yards but I know my drop is 4" with the way I have it sighted in and the load that I shoot
Tue, 2009-12-15 11:44#8
why don't you go to the Powerbelt manufacturer's site and pull down some ballistic charts and energy information. That is what i did. I now have a load that shoots great, performs well, and is very reliable. I won't shoot past 150 yards though, becuase i, personally, can't make that shot consistently in the field. Anything at 100yds, or less, is actually on my plate.
Tue, 2009-12-15 17:23#9
well i have lighter bullets and heaver powder at home im knda tempted to shoot that sombination because of the recoil. i did at 150 about a 2 inch drop so at 200 itl be pretty bad but i can load up magnum charges will that help? i hnave a food plot thats exctally 100 and a corn feild thats 200 bolth sid by side and have a lot of buck out of range thats why i ask plus i can not shoot high power rifles not allowed in indiana
Tue, 2009-12-15 20:21#10
JSmitty has nailed it.
Each ML will shoot it's own load, so it is up to you to play around with different loads with your bullet.
Mine will not shoot PowerBelts consistently with any load and will not shoot the 350 gr maxi ball with any higher powder charge than 85gr or lower than 80gr.
I have tried Speer sabots and get mixed results and they shoot better at 100 gr charge but recoil is not tolerable for me when the maxi ball shoots as well and will kill just as well without the heinous recoil.
The Speers will shoot great at 90gr charge but will produce an unexpected flyer every so often which makes me reluctant to use them for hunting.That doesn't happen with the 100gr charge but the recoil seems magnified times 10.