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    Ya I gave up on using the power belts in my muzzle loader about 5 years ago. 1 I found that the first shot out of a clean barrel was always off about 5". 2 the bullet fragmenting issue, now I never lost a deer to one but there was some long tracking jobs and the last buck I shot with one, I bit into a small piece of lead in a steak from it. That was it and switched over to the Hornady SST's, problems solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oaknut View Post
    Are those the Arrolite or platinum bullets? The platinum are supposed to be designed for delayed expansion and magnum powder charges.

    The ones I had recovered were the original green belted hollow points.

    Just picked myself up a pack of Federal Borloks in the 350 grain lead to try.

    I had stopped carrying my ML due to the utter disappointment I was getting in the performance of the hornady bullets.

    If I cant get these new ones to work I will try the Traditions bullets next.

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    They're the platinum, but in theory should work fine with 2 x 50 grain T7 pellets. I went to T7 because it's cleaner than Pyrodex, but it's also a bit of a "hotter" load.

    My Dad used to use the copper bullets with the green gas seal, but after nearly losing a moose and bullet fragments found in the meat, he quit using Powerbelts.

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    I've never used the powerbelts due to some bad reviews.

    Here are some 240gr Hornady XTPs. They seem to do the job. XTP stands for extreme terminal performance, which means they are intended to expend their energy in the animal. They often don't have an exit wound due to this and I commonly find them just behind the skin on the opposite side. I've had a couple longer tracking jobs, which I have come to attribute to my tendency to shoot high lung shots rather than the performance of the bullet.

    Most are down in 50 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oaknut View Post
    Are those the Arrolite or platinum bullets? The platinum are supposed to be designed for delayed expansion and magnum powder charges.

    The ones I had recovered were the original green belted hollow points.

    Just picked myself up a pack of Federal Borloks in the 350 grain lead to try.

    I had stopped carrying my ML due to the utter disappointment I was getting in the performance of the hornady bullets.

    If I cant get these new ones to work I will try the Traditions bullets next.

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    I was going to give the federals a whirls as well. There are some decent videos on YouTube about them. However, none of the videos show the common most concerning complaint of the bullet falling out of the gun if you point the muzzle towards the ground after loading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddy View Post
    I was going to give the federals a whirls as well. There are some decent videos on YouTube about them. However, none of the videos show the common most concerning complaint of the bullet falling out of the gun if you point the muzzle towards the ground after loading.
    That is definitely a concern and one I had not heard about. I don't think it's something I will be to worried about given the bore on my ML is tighter than a...... you get the picture. I will try and post some results whenever I get a chance to hit the range.

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