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Help - First muzzleload bear hunt

I have a 50 cal. in-line muzzleloader and would like to use it to kill my first black bear. Would like to know what load would be the best; I use Sabets.

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conical with a wide flat meplat weighing about 350 to 400 grains

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Thanks for your help with the load. Do you have any suggestions on where is the best kill zone; keeping in mind I would like to have a 3/4 mount made.

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Thanks for your help with the load. Do you have any suggestions on where is the best kill zone; keeping in mind I would like to have a 3/4 mount made.

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Dusty
You might want to look into the powerbelt bullets? Myself I am still a traditional ball and patch kind of guy, no inlines for me...flintlocks all the way. Still I know a lot of people that switched from the sabeted bullets to the powerbelts and never looked back.
As for shot placement, stick to traditional vital area shot placement. A good taxidermis will sew up the bullet hole so you will never know it was there.
Have a good time and good luck, where are you headed for the hunt?
ADKBear

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Thankyou for the info. I am hunting in Northern Wis. . My season started on Wed. and have had 2 exciting days of hunting so far. Both days I have had bear up the same tree with me. Bigger ones come in and the smaller ones just happen to like my tree. Gets a little nerve wracking. Hoping for the big one yet.

Have a great day.

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i agree with adkbear stick with one of the vital sopts you know heart shot or if he's close enough in the head it goes simple as that you should still have a deadly aim with that baby

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