which bullet?

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Over the years I have tried several different .50 cal bullets. Last year it was powerbelts, this year it is TC shockwaves. The problem that I am having is that 60% to 70% of the time I'm not getting a pass through. I'll skin the deer and the mushroomed lead will be just under the hide on the opposite side. (by the way - a poerbelt mushroom looks cooler than a TC muchroom)
Most of the time the deer drops in its tracks, but last year I had a doe run (less than 50 yards) with VERY little blood on the ground.

What bullets are ya'll using? Are ya'll getting pass throughs, or the same problems I'm having?
 
#2
Have you tried the "Barnes Expanders" all copper?? I switched to them as I shoot a 45 and was worried about penetration. Copper bullets are more expensive but out perform most lead bullets at least as far as penetration goes.
 
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LD, I get passes about half the time with my shockwaves. with slow moving huge expanding bullets, that is going to happen a lot. think about shooting through a phone book with a bullet moving 3000 feet a sec and that is shaped like a #2 sharpened pencil...and then shooting through the same phone book at 1800fps with a pointed crayon the size of your thumb.

although I love my shockwaves, I have been looking into these http://www.harvestermuzzleloading.c...ion=com_virtuemart&Itemid=3&vmcchk=1&Itemid=3 because of the reviews I have read
 
#4
This season I am using 2 very different bullets. In 1 rifle am sticking with a 245 grain CVA PowerBelt on top of 3 Triple 7 pellets. The rifle a CVA Hunter Bolt with a 24” barrel. The other is a Hornady 350 grain GMX, on top of 2 Triple 7 pellets, out of a Rossi with a 20 barrel. Had tremendous success with the CVA combination over the past 10 or so years. Lets see how the Hornady woks.
 
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I've only tested the terminal performance on game 3 times with my ML so far. I use 250gr shockwaves over 100 gr of blackhorn 209. the first time was a coyote and I didn't get a pass through, but wow did he go down hard. The next two times were on deer and I got pass throughs both times with shots broadside and right behind the shoulders. Both were very devastating. I do prefer pass throughs, so the yote made me nervous. I have read such terrible things about the Powerbelts that I never want to try them. The shockwaves are doing the trick for me so far so I will stick with them. It also helps that they shoot clover leaf groups out of my Omega.

Tom
 
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redneckcamo

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caped out a nice buck earlier that was shot with a powerbelt and a fragment passed thru but the most of it was just under the skin ......
the buck didnt go very far tho !
I am hearing some great reports on the shockwaves an the barnes tho !!
 

THREEJAYS

Senior Member
#8
I 've used many different but I'll stick hands down to the areo tip 245 powerbelts.I've taken 8-9 deer with them and usually they have went down on the spot or in sight.
 

formula1

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#9
Re:

I use a 300 Nosler Partition in .458 caliber with a sabot, the same thing I reload in a .450 Marlin or a 45/70. I also use 110 grains of Blackhorn 209. Every deer I have shot with this combo, I've gotten a complete pass-thru. All were ranges between 20 and 180 yds and all were DRT.

The bad news is Partitions can be pricey, but they are worth it.
 

HandgunHTR

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If you are finding the bullets on the off-side hide then the bullet has performed perfectly. It has deposited all of it's energy into the deer after turning the insides to jelly.

If you are worried about losing a deer because of a lack of a pass through then I would suggest shooting high shoulder. They will drop right there and probably won't even twitch.
 

WOODIE13

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I personally like no pass throughs. All energy is expanded in the animal and if 50 yrds is the least you have to track, you have done good.

I shoot 180 grain 30-06 soft points (round nose) and they do not pass through, but the deer do not go far either.
 

bowman77

Senior Member
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If you are finding the bullets on the off-side hide then the bullet has performed perfectly. It has deposited all of it's energy into the deer after turning the insides to jelly.

If you are worried about losing a deer because of a lack of a pass through then I would suggest shooting high shoulder. They will drop right there and probably won't even twitch.
X2 high shoulder will drop'em every time.
 
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