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    Question Muzzleloader Bullets for Black Bear?

    I decided to use a muzzleloader for my Spring bear hunt this year to change things up a little. Recently purchased a 50 cal CVA Optima V2. So far I have been shooting 295 grain Power Belts with good accuracy. Just looking at them I can't imagine them not being adequate for a bear but I've been told to go with 420 grain No Excuse all lead bullets for better penetration by one person and 275 TC Maxi Hunters by another. Seems like 420's would have a lot more arc?

    Anybody have experience with blackpowder black bears? What bullets do you use?

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    I shoot 290Gr barnes tmz out of my accura v2. Havent used them on bear but they performed perfectly on a bull elk last year. 200yds is as far of a shot I would take with 100gr blackhorn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by p_ham View Post
    I shoot 290Gr barnes tmz out of my accura v2. Havent used them on bear but they performed perfectly on a bull elk last year. 200yds is as far of a shot I would take with 100gr blackhorn.
    Perfect! If they work on a bull elk they would certainly work for a black bear. I'll check them out.

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    I shot mine with a 240g .45 cal Hornady XTP. It went about 20 feet and died. I’ve since switched to the XTP Mags and I picked up some FTX for this year to try. Any of them I wouldn’t hesitate to use on a Bear.

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    Wife and I use Barnes 250 Spit Fire TMA for elk. My guess is they should be fine for black bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addicting View Post
    I shot mine with a 240g .45 cal Hornady XTP. It went about 20 feet and died. I’ve since switched to the XTP Mags and I picked up some FTX for this year to try. Any of them I wouldn’t hesitate to use on a Bear.
    I have had pretty good luck with these on deer other than one time but that was shooting 50 grains of powder with a kid shooting.

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    i'm no expert muzzle loader guy, but I've killed a few elk with Parker Ballistic Extremes, which came by reference of a very experienced Muzzy guy. They are made in Idaho, pretty small outfit and if you call them, you'll talk to Bob Parker himself. They worked very well for me. https://parker-productions-llc.mysho...listic-extreme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatrack View Post
    i'm no expert muzzle loader guy, but I've killed a few elk with Parker Ballistic Extremes, which came by reference of a very experienced Muzzy guy. They are made in Idaho, pretty small outfit and if you call them, you'll talk to Bob Parker himself. They worked very well for me. https://parker-productions-llc.mysho...listic-extreme

    Those are pretty neat. Do you have any recovered bullets? It would be nice to see how they expand.

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    Don't really have anything to add, but just say I'm a bit disappointed that the 30-30 won't be used this spring. I always look forward to your posts/video's with it and a big dead critter.

    That said, if the 30-30 gets lonely, I could come out and give it some exercise during bear season.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll look them all over.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1_pointer View Post
    Don't really have anything to add, but just say I'm a bit disappointed that the 30-30 won't be used this spring. I always look forward to your posts/video's with it and a big dead critter.

    That said, if the 30-30 gets lonely, I could come out and give it some exercise during bear season.
    It hard to leave the 30-30 home! I just wanted a new challenge this spring and I've never hunted with a muzzleloader so it's fun to learn something new.

    Come on out and take the 30-30 for a walk if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addicting View Post
    Those are pretty neat. Do you have any recovered bullets? It would be nice to see how they expand.
    They REALLY expand...they are a jacketed ballistic tips that deliver all of their energy upon impact...the only thing that I've found are pieces of the bullet.

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