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Muzzleloader Bullet Choice in Colorado

I am moving to Colorado next year and plan to hunt with my muzzleloader. I understand the no sabots rule but am not sure what to use. I have only ever hunted with a saboted bullet. I have been researching the options on line and on the Forum here, but I am hoping to hear from hunters in Colorado on what they use and have success with. There is a lot out there on Power Belts but the reviews are mixed and a lot seem to hate them. What about the options from Hornady? I am going to change now to what I will be using when I get there so I will have a chance to get lots of range time and one deer season of using it. Any and all input will be appreciated.

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Muzzleloader Bullet Choice in Colorado

whitetail fever, I moved this over to muzzleloading, as that is where the smokepole gurus hangout.

I haven't hunted with my MZ yet, but I've been trying to get my Omega to group with the Hornady FBP and the BH209 powder but thus far it hasn't worked to well.

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Re: Muzzleloader Bullet Choice in Colorado
whitetailfever wrote:
I am moving to Colorado next year and plan to hunt with my muzzleloader. I understand the no sabots rule but am not sure what to use. I have only ever hunted with a saboted bullet. I have been researching the options on line and on the Forum here, but I am hoping to hear from hunters in Colorado on what they use and have success with. There is a lot out there on Power Belts but the reviews are mixed and a lot seem to hate them. What about the options from Hornady? I am going to change now to what I will be using when I get there so I will have a chance to get lots of range time and one deer season of using it. Any and all input will be appreciated.

Powerbelts work great for me out here. I use everything from the 245 on up to the 405 Powerbelt.

For deer, a 50cal Powerbelt in the 245,295gr area is great with a Maximum Charge of 80gr pyrodex. With the 245gr and using triple 7, cut it back to 70gr to equal the Pyrodex load. The platinums in the 270,300 and 338gr range are also excellent and can handle 100gr loads. Again, Triple 7 users cut it back 10 grains to Equal the Pyrodex Loads. T7 is 15% Hotter.

Colorado laws:

No scopes, No scopes, No pelletized Powder, Open or iron sights Only. In 40cal to 50cal, projectile must weigh a minimum of 170grains. If greater than 50cal, Projectile must weigh a minimum of 215 grains.

.45cal Minimum for deer,antelope and bear. Elk must be .50cal or bigger.

What muzzle loader are you using?

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Muzzleloader Bullet Choice in Colorado

Thanks Hiker, I had given up on this post and didn't think I would ever get a response.

FrontierGander, I am shooting a CVA Optima. I have a Bushnell 3X9X40 scope on it right now. I am going to take it off for a while though when I start trying new things for when I move to CO. The fiber optic pin in my front sight came loose so I contacted CVA and they are sending me a new front sight, once I get that on I will start hitting the range and will let you know how it goes with the Powerbelts. I am am going to start with the 295gr hollow points and I use 777. Will see how they work for me and go from there. This is the first year I have used pellets so going back to loose powder isn't an issue. Again I appreciate all the advice from here and the Powerbelt forum. Maybe we'll get the chance to do some huntin together someday.

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