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Power Belt Reliability

Hello Frontier Gander!

I have now found 2 sources for Powerbelts. The first is a local dealer here in Germany who imports them really cheap, the other one is a german medical working in PA. Hope to get the first package of them asap to use them at red deer.

Regards

Kirrmeister

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Kirrmeister wrote:
Hello Frontier Gander!

I have now found 2 sources for Powerbelts. The first is a local dealer here in Germany who imports them really cheap, the other one is a german medical working in PA. Hope to get the first package of them asap to use them at red deer.

Regards

Kirrmeister

Awesome!! What grain did you order? It will be great to see foreign game taken with the Powerbelt.

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Frontier, hope you don't mind if I pick your brain some more but I have another question for you. I was reading some more about Powerbelts and I read a review from a guy who said that if you didn't seat the bullet correctly or if you didn't use the Powerbelt jag then your accuracy would suffer. Know anything about this? I have a special jag for Shock Waves because of the polymer tip but haven't been able to find anything else about this. He said that you couldn't seat the bullet as tight as a saboted bullet or it would mess things up??? Not sure why this would happen, but I like to cover everything I can. He was talking about 295 grain copper coated hollow points.

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whitetailfever wrote:
Frontier, hope you don't mind if I pick your brain some more but I have another question for you. I was reading some more about Powerbelts and I read a review from a guy who said that if you didn't seat the bullet correctly or if you didn't use the Powerbelt jag then your accuracy would suffer. Know anything about this? I have a special jag for Shock Waves because of the polymer tip but haven't been able to find anything else about this. He said that you couldn't seat the bullet as tight as a saboted bullet or it would mess things up??? Not sure why this would happen, but I like to cover everything I can. He was talking about 295 grain copper coated hollow points.

If you dont seat any bullet correctly if can cause accuracy issues.

With a powerbelt they load firmly depending on what barrel you have. When you feel the bullet touch the powder and compress, you are done. Dont do any more pushing and no not bounce the ramrod.

You dont need the powerbelt jag. It is a great accessory to have, especially withthe hollow points, but it is not needed.

Powerbelts were meant the load easy so you can get 4 or 5 + down the tube without having to swab between shots.

Letting your barrel cool down for a few minutes between shots also gets greatly with accuracy.
The Concave jag on the Right is my favorite for Aerotip and Hollow Point Powerbelts,

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Powerbelts

I tried the aero tipped 245 grain Powerbelts over two 50 grain sticks of American Pioneer powder and was not satisfied with the consistency of there performance. sometimes they were accurate, and sometimes it seemed that they weren't sealing the bore correctly and the pellets shot farther out the barrel than the bullets did. Maybe the heavier power belts would work better. I've never taken a deer with the 245s but I have seen some Powerbelts that were recovered from some that were successfully harvested. I don't know what weights these Powerbelts were but they were completely flattened out. My favorite bullet for my fifty cal. is the Speer .451 300 grain plated soft point. I believe the part # is 4485. With the same 2 sticks of American Pioneer powder, these bullets are minute of deer accurate out to 100 yds. out of my old .50 cal. Knight Disc rifle with a 22 inch barrel. I've only taken three deer with them but they seem to be quite effective. If I were to hunt in a state that didn't allow sabots, then I would have to make a different choice. The ranges that I shoot at when hunting are usually a lot closer than 100 yds., so a flat trajectory is of little concern. Knight offers an all lead bullet which I have tried and found to be very accurate.

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APP powder is very

APP powder is very inconsistent. It would be the last powder i'd ever use. Check it out on a chrono, and you'll be shocked.

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American Pioneer powder

I have read what Chuck Hawks had to say about American Pioneer powder not being a good product, but here is what I have experienced, when using this product; first, the pellets are a lot cleaner shooting and easier to clean up after shooting than Pyrodex pellets. I disliked the Pyrodex pellets so much that I gave almost a whole box away. I know that AP pellets are not consistent but when I shot 4 squib rounds with 245 grain Power belts and then the next 3 rounds with sabots go off with no problems, it's the bullet and not the powder. I wrote that perhaps the heavier weight Power Belts would perform better, but I will stick to sabots. My shots at deer are usually from 10 to 60 yards, so minute of deer accuracy is good enough for me. I use pellets instead of loose powder because every night after a hunt, my rifle is unloaded and cleaned weather or not it has been fired, and re use both pellets and sabots again. I have not tried 777 or White Hot pellets yet, but may do so in the future. I know that loose powder produces greater accuracy than pellets, but I choose the convenience of pellets.

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It's working for you. That's

It's working for you. That's all that counts. We can't use pellets here, so, i've never tried them. I know some guys like them a lot.

 

I'm mostly an elk hunter, so I use heavier loads and bullets.

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