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#4332379 - 08/16/10 04:24 PM Anyone seen this bullet in the .54?
exbiologist Offline
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444 grain flat point .54 cal copper jacketed Powerbelt. First I've ever heard of it:
444 grain.54 Flat Point Powerbelt
Did a lot of shooting this weekend and my Deerstalker wasn't liking the solid lead bullets half as much as it did the 348 grain Powerbelt. Then I decided to see if there was anything heavier and sure enough, there's a pretty decent selection, but retailers don't carry it.

Anyone try this yet?
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#4332531 - 08/16/10 05:12 PM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: exbiologist]
txhunter58 Offline
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Used to use it, and killed an elk with it with my 54 caliber T/C renegade.

You should be able to order it directly from Powerbelts:
http://www.powerbeltbullets.com/powerbeltbullets/copper-series-bullets.html

More expensive, but could not find any other retailers.

When I killed my bull, the bullet slipped between two ribs, went through the middle of the heart, and slipped through two ribs on the other side. 0.5 inch hold going in and 0.5 inch hole going out. No expansion. Killed him deader than a mackrel, but wondered what would have happened if it had only gone through lung.

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#4332557 - 08/16/10 05:26 PM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: txhunter58]
exbiologist Offline
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Yeah, I'm afraid I'll have to order straight from them. Gonna see if I can get a dealer discount with my FFL.
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#4339977 - 08/19/10 08:52 AM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: exbiologist]
exbiologist Offline
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Screw that, minimum order of 6 packages of the same bullet.
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#4347888 - 08/22/10 12:41 PM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: exbiologist]
djb Offline
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I had the same issue with my Deerstalker in 54 cal. I wasn't impressed enough with Powerbelt performance on deer to trust them for elk. Maybe this will help; I did a review of No Excuse conicals here....

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...iew#Post4141100

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#4356378 - 08/25/10 03:07 PM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: djb]
bdan68 Offline
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Which Deerstalker do you have? Is it the stainless, or the blued version. I have the .54 in stainless, and it's supposed to have shallower grooves than the "regular" Deerstalker, and because of that they say it should shoot conicals and saboted bullets better. So how were your groups with the 348 grain Powerbelts?

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#4356673 - 08/25/10 05:17 PM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: bdan68]
exbiologist Offline
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Around 3-3.5 inches at 100 yards, which is pretty good for me. It's the blued version.
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#4357504 - 08/25/10 10:35 PM Re: Anyone seen this bullet in the .54? [Re: exbiologist]
bdan68 Offline
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I'd be happy with that, myself. Actually I'm ok with a 5 to 6 inch group at 100 yards, as that is my limit anyway, with open sights. I might have to try some of those Powerbelts. My state just changed the rules so that jacketed bullets are allowed. Before we could only use all-lead bullets. So there are a few bullets on my list to try now. Another one is the Barnes Expander in a 325 grain weight.

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