Powerbelt bullets are the answer to all my muzzleloading problems. I have
been trying to find the right bullet/powder/sabot combination for the last few years and I have finally found the answer. Trash the sabot and shoot the new Powerbelt Bullets.
After buying a new Remington 700 MLS 50 caliber rifle a few years ago, I
naturally wanted to shoot sabots and lots of Pyrodex to get flat shooting, hard hitting loads. I started with 100 grains of Pyrodex and a 44 caliber, 240 grain
Hornady pistol bullet in a plastic sabot. The rifle shot pretty good but the more I shot it the worse the accuracy got. I cleaned it and cleaned it again but I
would not feel comfortable shooting past 50 yards with it.
Then the real fun started when I switched to Pyrodex pellets. The bullets started flying all over the place
and the sabots were being ripped to shreds. I changed to MAGNUM sabots (who ever heard of such a
thing?) and things got a little better, but not good enough. I was ready to sell the Remington and buy a new rifle, but fortunately saw O'neill Williams' TV show on black powder hunting before I made the change
. O'neill is a pretty straight shooter, (with advise or a muzzleloader), so based on his recommendation, I tried some Powerbelt Bullets.
Powerbelt bullets are made expressly for muzzleloaders. The Aero Tip bullets look like big fat Nosler
BallisticTip rifle bullets with a plastic gas check on the base. Powerbelts have a thin copper jacket and
come in .45, .50 and .54 caliber. Each caliber has several choices of weights. One thing that is not
readily apparent is that the slug is slightly under size for the bore and very easy to load. There is much
less resistance felt when loading a Powerbelt than a sabot load. The company says the bullet actually
expands when fired to fill the riffling of the barrel. I don't understand all the engineering, but I can tell you it
works. They are very accurate and that streamlined design retains energy for hard hitting power.
My Remington 700 will shoot Powerbelts into 2" groups at 100 yards. Nothing has ever come close to that accuracy before. The Powerbelt web site has lots more info and lists all the available bullet weights
for each caliber. And for Ballistics Junkies like me, they have provided ballistics tables for all the bullets.
To give you an idea of how well these little beauties perform, a .50 caliber 245 grain Aero Tip backed by
150 grains of Pyrodex will have over 1000 foot pounds of energy at 200 yards!! Sighted in for a 150 yard
zero, the trajectory is only 2.25" high at 100 yards and only 5.8" at low at 200 yards. Click here for Powerbelt Ballistic Data.
I can't say enough about how well they shoot and can't wait to get out in the woods this fall. I have total
confidence in the Powerbelts and my old Remington. No doubt about it, this combo can put the venison on the table this year. Good hunting,