Muzzleloader

CVA PowerBelt Bullet Weight Retention

Jeff Smith
December 2003


Daily, I get a quite a few hunting related emails from visitors to my website.  Several hunters have asked questions about muzzleloader bullets and how the CVA PowerBelt Bullets perform with both accuracy and in the field.  I put this article together to address those questions.


The following photos show bullet weight (in grains) before and after recovery from an animal.  The two bullets were removed from a 145 lb. buck.

Bullet: CVA PowerBelt 245 grain AeroTip
Firearm: Thompson Omega 50 Cal. Muzzleloader
Muzzle Velocity: 1900 ft/s
Deer: 145 lb. Buck

Shot #1
Range: 75 Yards
Location: Quartering away - hit behind diaphragm and lodged in opposite hide

Shot #2
Range: 20 Yards
Location: broadside - hit in front shoulder

2 bullets extracted from deer

CVA Bullet with Sabot Attached - 254.7 grains

CVA Bullet with Sabot Removed - 248.0 grains

Bullet #1 - Extracted from deer - 178.9 grains

Bullet #2 - Extracted from deer - 161.6 grains

In the chart below, the CVA bullets average a weight retention percentage of 69.5%.

CVA PowerBelt 245 grain Aero Tip
 
Original Weight Retention Weight Retention %
245 grains 178.8 grains 73%
245 grains 161.6 grains 66%

In my opinion, the bullets performed well on the deer.  They completely mushroomed and caused massive internal damage.


Comparing the CVA bullet to other bullets I've extracted from deer:

Bullet: Hornady 300 grain XTP 44 caliber bullet
Firearm: Pedersoli 50 Cal. Muzzleloader
Muzzle Velocity: 1600 ft/s
Deer: 120 lb. Doe

Range: 35 Yards
Location: Quartering toward - hit in front shoulder and lodged in opposite hide

Hornady 300 grain XTP 44 caliber bullet

Hornady 300 grain XTP 44 caliber bullet extracted from deer - 287.9 grains


It's almost impossible to retrieve a Nosler partition from a deer while shooting a high power rifle.  I shot these two bucks broadside and they turned to run - while running I shot them again in the hip area and the bullets lodged in the brisket.

Bullet: Nosler Partition .284 Caliber (7mm) 150 grain
Firearm: Ruger 7mm Rem Mag
Muzzle Velocity: 3200 ft/s
Deer: 180 lb. Buck

Range: 100 Yards
Location: Hip area going away

Nosler 7mm 150 grain bullet extracted from deer - 89.5 grains

New Compared to Shot


Bullet: Nosler Partition .277 Caliber 130 grain
Firearm: Remington 270 Win
Muzzle Velocity: 3000 ft/s
Deer: 175 lb. Buck

Range: 85 Yards
Location: Hip area going away

Nosler .277 Caliber 130 grain bullet extracted from deer - 72.2 grains

New Compared to Shot


In the chart below, the bullets weight retention is listed:

Hornady 300 grain XTP 44 caliber bullet
 
Original Weight Retention Weight Retention %
300 grains 287.9 grains 96%

 

Nosler Partition .284 Caliber (7mm) 150 grain
 
Original Weight Retention Weight Retention %
150 grains 89.5 grains 60%

 

Nosler Partition .277 Caliber 130 grain
 
Original Weight Retention Weight Retention %
130 grains 72.2 grains 56%

Conclusion

The CVA PowerBelt bullets are accurate and stayed together very well.  The Weight Loss Percentage is in line with other bullets.  They load easily and did a good job on the deer.  I hope to shoot several more deer with them this season to get a better feel for how they perform on deer but feel confident in the bullets. 


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