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80gr Max with the 245 and 295gr Aerotip- Hollow Point.

This load is PERFECT for close range shots, On out to 150 yards. I shoot the big 405's with the same 80gr load.

If you sight the 245 or 295gr with 80gr powder, dead on at 100 yards, it will be 7" low @ 150. You can of course do the typical 3" high @ 100 and be 4" low @ 150. I prefer sighting dead on @ 100 as i have had problems with that 3" high @ 100 deal.

I do shoot blackpowder A LOT! LOL. This year i have easily shot 300 + rounds of just Powerbelts. Its my passion. Especially with the Powerbelts. I been on hunting forums for maybe 4 or 5 years and after all of the complains with Powerbelts fragmenting i had enough and took matters into my own hands and started taking records of what powerbelt can handle such and such powder charge at so and so distances.

As soon as i have the funds i plan on building up a huge data base with Powerbelts, testing every Powerbelt they make and test them with all of the Powders available so that person if hes using lets say American pioneer or Blackhorn209, he will know for sure Exactly what his safe load is.

Its a lot of fun and i do enjoy seeing people report back on that 80gr Powder charge. So far so good!

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Frontier, thanks for the info it has been a big help. I have a new CVA Optima Elite 50 cal. It has not been sighted in as of yet but it soon will be with the 80 grs of powder. Plus my Optima Pro will be as well.

I have been on your power belt testing site and like it a lot. You will be seeing me on from time to time.

Thanks again.

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Hello,

I'm from Germany! Where can I get these Powerbelt bullets?

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Kirrmeister

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So I think I have solved the problem. DGW has them and will ship them to Germany, too. Will start with the copper HP 245 grs bullets and 90 grs WANO PP

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Kirrmeister

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Im not sure if Wano is powerful or equal to goex but i wouldnt go over 80gr with the 245gr HP.

I also got your PM. For the reddeer, You'll want 338gr + for animals in the 300+lbs range.

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Wano PP is similar to Goex FFg!

O.K. will wait for the bullets. But it will take 2 weeks or more.

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Kirrmeister

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Frontier, just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you are putting into the Powerbelts. I am moving to Colorado next year and have been researching everything I could find on different sabotless bullets for hunting with my muzzleloader there. I have heard/read more negative things than positive about Powerbelts, but since I have started reading your stuff it seems like a lot just want to drop two pellets down the barrel and hunt and not take the time to learn/practice different things. I had a bad attitude about them but will definately give them a chance now. I will let you know how things go after I get some range time in.

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whitetailfever wrote:
Frontier, just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you are putting into the Powerbelts. I am moving to Colorado next year and have been researching everything I could find on different sabotless bullets for hunting with my muzzleloader there. I have heard/read more negative things than positive about Powerbelts, but since I have started reading your stuff it seems like a lot just want to drop two pellets down the barrel and hunt and not take the time to learn/practice different things. I had a bad attitude about them but will definately give them a chance now. I will let you know how things go after I get some range time in.

You're very welcome! Im glad i could help. What part of colorado will you be moving to? If you're close enough maybe we can set up a hunting season with each other Thumbs up

Remember, Colorado means loose powder, open sights and conicals!

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Frontier, I am moving to Grand Junction early in 2010. I am retiring from the Navy sometime around then and will be moving there after. Setting up a season together sounds great. I will be doing a lot of hunting with my dad when I get there but am always willing to make new friends and hunting buddies. So you can not use a scope if you hunt with your muzzy during rifle season? I knew the loose powder and conicals but didn't know that popen sights. Thanks for the info.

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yep, No scopes during muzzle loader season. My dad, brother and I usually hunt unit 35 up near vail. Great area for mulies! Never hunted grand junction but i will surely take a look at some maps and research the areas.

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