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Game Results with the Hornady FPB

Howdy, trying to see if anyone has used the Hornady FPB .50 cal bullet in either 300 or 350 grain and what your results/opinion is on taking big game such as deer, elk or moose with them. Have been using the Power Belt bullets for several year and even though they do load easy and I can shoot a good group with them, I am not overly happy with their results on game. Yes they did kill the deer each time but the bullet does not seem to hold its weight very well and looking to see if there is something better. Have done as much reading and searching the web as I can but still looking for some real feedback from the field. What I have read so far is they make a better and bigger wound canal and retain their weight well. Only negative I have seen is the FPBs can be hard to load in some guns. Any help will be appreciated.

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Couple of notes on these

I have used these bullets on paper, but haven't taken any game with them.  I have gone through 2 packages of the 300 gr. bullets just shooting and trying to work up a good hunting load.  The trouble I had was not getting good groups with them, about 4"-5" groups at 80 yards.  I only tried Blackhorn 209, but varied my powder from 85-110 grains by 5 grains each group and couldn't get a sweet spot for a load.  I still have another package of bullets so I might try some Triple7 next time I'm out shooting the muzzleloader.  If that doesn't work, I'll likely not use these bullets to hunt with.

The other thing to watch on these bullets is their length.  The 350 gr. bullets are too long to be legal in Colorado.  A stupid reg, but nonetheless still a reg regarding maximum bullet length of twice the caliber size.  The 300 gr. bullets can be made legal by removing the plastic ballistic tip from the bullet.  Removing the tip would have been my second round of test shooting, but since I never made it past the first round of getting good groups to begin with, I never tried shooting them without the tip.

Good luck with them.  They sure look like they'd be better in retaining their weight.

 

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Thanks for the reply. Yes the

Thanks for the reply. Yes the law is a little crazy to me too but as you said it is the law. I have confidence they will shoot well but will have to see about how they load. Guess I will see how they load/shoot and hope I can tell you how they work on game next year. Thanks again.

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Give Maxi-balls a try

I know they don't have that nifty plastic girdle nor are they copper coated but I highly recommend the T/C maxiball solid lead bullets.  The 320 gr 50 cal bullet I used a couple of weeks ago went through a 2.5 yr old cow elk at 114 yards & she managed to go about 25 yards before tipping over.  That's the first time I've used one on .50 caliber but I've never found a bullet in any of the other elk or mule deer I've shot with a .54 maxi - all went through and no animal has made it farther than maybe 50 yards with blood trails that looked like spilled red paint.

My .50 inline used 110 grains of tripple 7 and a 209 primer giving 2.5 to 3.5 inch 100 yard groups with open sites (about as good as these 50 yr old eyes can do) and my .54 Renegade likes 105 gr of 2x black powder for 3 to 4 inch groups.

One nice thing about them is that the fifth shot out of an uncleaned barrel is about as easy to load as the first & the first is almost too easy.

I've never read anywhere any negative comments about how they work on big game at any sensible muzzleloader range.

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I want my muzzleloader to have maxiballs too

I will have to try the T/C Maxiball then.  Not that I'm highly dissatisfied with the powerbelts, but I'd like to find other options that will shoot well with my inline .50 too.  Plus, it's just fun to shoot the muzzleloader.  With a purpose to the shooting, like working up a load and bullet combo it just adds more fun to the shooting day.

Nice shooting too.  I've never taken anything over 100 yards with mine and I like open sights.  I suppose if I had an elk tempting me with a nice broadside shot just over 100 yards, I'd probably have to give it go.  

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I'm using Hornady's great

I'm using Hornady's great plains 385grn bullets with 100grn 777 loose powder and I'm liking them . I haven't grouped them really but here are s few pics from the deer I killed 2yrs ago. I shot my buck at 25 yrds he went about 80 yrds couse I gut shot him . Before and after

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All, thanks for the replies

All, thanks for the replies and the info. Once I get home I will try a few of these thru the gun and see if the gun likes them and how they group.

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