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40 cal 260 gr 45 cal dead center

Old 03-24-2014, 09:19 AM
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Default 40 cal 260 gr 45 cal dead center

I purchased a few of the 260 grain 40 cal bullets with a 45 cal sabot from Precision Rifle. They are called dead center.
They seem to have been around awhile but I was happy to just try something other than a 200 grain bullet in a 45 cal muzzleloader.
Anyone here have any experience on shooting these. I have my doubts about a complete pass thru because they are solid lead???
Probably gonna shoot them with my Encore Pro Hunter with blackhorn powder
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:20 AM
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I have tried the Dead Center bullets in my .45, but they were the .357 caliber, 195 grain version. They shot really well, but I never used them on deer - they were just a little too expensive for my tastes.

I have heard a lot of good things about the Dead Centers - the 260 grainers especially. If you're looking for a pass-thru every time though, I'm not sure it is the best bullet due to the soft lead construction. I seem to remember another member here using the DC's a long time ago- he commented that they were very accurate and devastating on deer, but that he did not always get a pass-thru, depending on the angle and range.

If you shoot a .45 and want a pass-thru, consider trying the 200 grain Shockwaves. The only one I've recovered from a deer was on a frontal shot - the deer was hit in front of the front shoulder and the bullet penetrated lengthwise through the deer - recovered in the rear ham. Over 2 feet of penetration.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:39 PM
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A 40-260gr is gunna push the limit of a 1-28 twist. Ive shot the 40-240gr QT with 110-115gr BH209 and IMO it was on the edge of stability. It needed more speed or a faster twist.

Try some in the 230gr range unless you have a 1-20 or 1-22 twist. That is still a nice increase in SD/BC over a 200gr bullet. They are fairly soft lead
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:34 PM
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I've shot a lot of Deer and Russian boar with the 260grn DeadCenter in the 1/24 twist Savage. I think they are the best lead bullet for a Muzzleloader you can buy. I've watched lots of Hogs shot with big heavy conicals and the results were terrible. The Hogs shot with DeadCenters were fast clean kills.
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