Colorado Muzzleloader Advice

Discussion in 'Muzzleloader Hunting' started by flyingtxn, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. flyingtxn

    flyingtxn Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys,
    I know this isnt exactly the forum for the question, but I thought some of you might have some experience. I drew a deer tag for muzzleloader in Colorado and an elk tag with rifle. As far as the muzzleloader goes, the restrictions wont let you use sabots. I am shooting a 50 caliber thompson omega and wanted to know if anyone has any experience with "power belt" bullets or "colorado conicals". From what I understand, both limit my ability to shoot longer range like the saboted bullets. Thanks in advance for the help. Also, any hunting tactics for deer with muzzleloader are appreciated.
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  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    I have a 50cal CVA Optima Pro and have shot 2" groups at 100 yards with both the 270grain platinum and 245grain aero-tip Power-Belt bullets. I shot them both with 150grains of pyrodex pellets. According to the Power Belt website, both these bullets have the energy to take deer at 250 yards. Powerbelt Bullets

    Although these bullets are not saboted, they do have a plastic cup on the bottom. Power Belt says you can shoot 6-7 rounds between cleaning. My experience is quite different, I quick-clean my gun after two shots. I tried shooting five rounds without cleaning and found that accuracy seriously deterioriated after the second round.
     

  3. 7mmAI

    7mmAI Active Member

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    270 platinum would be a good choice be careful of the hollow point powerbelts as some feel the open to quick without enough penetration. Also the "209 muzzleloader primer" not the 209 shotgun shell primer may help accuracy as the powerbelts are not very tight in the bore and the primer may push the bullet off the charge before full ignition of the powder occurs. Good luck, I was in your position last year with a CO. deer tag. Was fortunate and got a nice 192 inch typical. Dean
     
  4. flyingtxn

    flyingtxn Well-Known Member

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    Great advice guys. I am going to shoot it in two weekends and will let you know how it turns out. 192 is an awesome deer. I killed a 190 in Delta 3 years back with the 300RUM at 560yds. It was crossing the river so I got to swim in the gunnison in November! Well worth it though. Got any pics?
     
  5. 7mmAI

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    I still don't know how to post pictures on a forum but will work on learning how to do that. Dean
     
  6. TheSollyLama

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    I live in CO, so Powerbelts are something I've shot a few of. I have an older in-line Timber Ridge in .54 caliber and I throw 408 grain jacketed hollowpoints (got used to them when the store was out of the Aero-Tip version.

    I find them to be pretty consistant on the range. No doubt it's a heck of a pill to slam into a critter. Of all the muzzleloaders I know, pretty much everyone is using the Powerbelts. So from anecdotal evidence, they are popular here. Although I agree with the poster above- I can't see getting a half dozen shots before needing a cleaning. I usually at least swab the thing out after 2 shots, 3 is pushing it.

    Don't forget that pellet powder is also illegal here. Leave the pyrodex pellets at home.
     
  7. TAWS

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    Guys I am 64 years old now and very far-sighted. Is there any kind of sight that I can put on my Rem. Genisis that is legal for Colorado. For me open sights will not work as the rear one is just a fuzz ball. A friend told me something about a brass tube sight from Dixie gun works that is non magnafied and is legal??? I gues a red dot sight is out also???

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  8. ATH

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    Note that Powerbelts are famous for exploding when driven with too much powder. Most people like to stay under 100gr 777 or Pyrodex with them.

    Omegas are not noted as good conical shooters due to the QLA, so that somewhat limits your options. Maybe the new Hornaday bullet that is sort of like a Powerbelt?
     
  9. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

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    I killed 2 deer this fall with my 50 cal. omega with the power belts. I have never seen anything due so much damage as it does. These shots was under 100 yards, went in and actually broke both shoulder bones in half.
    mike