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I just shot a deer this past week with a 50cal. 245gr. aero tip powerbelt. It was shot with 100 grs. of powder and I had no problem with this bullet. It blew the deer off of it's feet at 50 yards.

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maineguide wrote:
I just shot a deer this past week with a 50cal. 245gr. aero tip powerbelt. It was shot with 100 grs. of powder and I had no problem with this bullet. It blew the deer off of it's feet at 50 yards.

Did the bullet exit?

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No it did not. It went thru one side and thru the ribs on the other side but it was just under the skin. It turned the inside into pudding.

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Do you have a way to post pictures of the recovered bullet? I'd like to compare it to some other 295's ive seen.

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maineguide wrote:
No it did not. It went thru one side and thru the ribs on the other side but it was just under the skin. It turned the inside into pudding.

Similar results for me. I've yet to have a pass-through with the M/L, but it sure made a mess where it hit.

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Frontier, I just got done cutting up my deer. Part of the bullet did go al the way thru the deer. Out of the 245gr bullet I have 165grs of it left. I will take a picture of it when I get a chance and see if I can get it posted on here for you.

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Sounds like a possible over expansion/fragmentation. But, when it does the job, u cant complain Yes

I've tested a lot of those 245s and even at 100 yards, 2 pellet loads will still over expand them.

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Frontier, here is a picture of what was left of the bullet. I hope this helps you. It was in the 2 peices that you see here. This is the second deer that I have shot with this same type of bullet. The first deer I shot it went all the way thru and I never found anything of that one.
Let me see some of your bullets so I can see the difference.

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Oh heck yeah that easily fragmented. Try One 50gr pellet and One 30gr pellet and you'll be fine with that.

Heres some 245gr Aerotip fired into wet sand at 58 yards with 80gr Pyrodex RS,

*forum members Field Test* Heres a 245gr Aerotip fired with 2 T7 pellets into a deer @ 80 yards, Whats left of it,

Heres Two 295gr HP's driven by 2 T7 pellets, i forget what the distance was on the bullet on the left, but the second shot *right bullet* was a finishing shot at 30 yards and you can see it over expanded. Bullet on the left is perfect but it was a longer shot. User said the second shot was not needed but he just wanted to make sure .

Heres a 295gr HP shot with 80gr Triple 7 * My recommended Max load* at a distance was 40-50 yards. The guy said the deer dropped in its tracks.

If you do lung shots with the 245gr- 295gr AT-HP use 80gr triple 7 - 80gr Pyrodex RS (Loose or pellets)

The only bullet ive seen that could handle the 100gr load is the 270gr Platinum.

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Frontier, I take it that you shoot blackpowder a lot? I have just got into this in the last couple of years. I have shot most of my deer with a shotgun. I thought I might like to try this. I have shot 2 deer and do get better range than with a shotgun. LOL

So you say to much powder for the bullet?
80grs. is plenty for whitetails at 50 yards or so?

Now what about 295 HP Powerbelts. Would you use 80grs also?

Also with 80grs. of powder how much more drop is there in the bullet?
This is in a 245gr aero tip.

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