As I travel across the country conducting seminars on hunting with a muzzleloader I get asked many questions. One of the most common questions I hear is do I really need a magnum charge for my muzzleloader. Granted there is a time and place for magnum charges but for most whitetail hunters hunting out of a treestand they can avoid shoulder pounding recoil of a magnum charge and still get great bullet performance. This last year I have had the opportunity to test and try one of the best muzzleloading bullets I have ever used, the PowerBelt Aerolite. The knockdown power was incredible and the accuracy was some of the best I have ever gotten out of a muzzleloader. The great thing is that the bullet is designed for 100 grain charges. The AeroLite technology is fine-tuned to perform best at “standard charge velocities” (1800 FPS or less on impact) – providing “magnum performance” without the “magnum recoil.” So how does it work? The AeroLite has a much larger hollow point cavity than either the PowerBelt Platinum or Copper Bullets. This larger cavity maximizes expansion capability while eliminating weight from the core of the bullet, allowing the bullet to be substantially longer than standard projectiles of similar weight. A longer bullet length produces more stability in flight and therefore, greater accuracy. A super-hard polycarbonate AeroTip fills the void of the oversized hollow point and serves to both optimize aerodynamics in flight and control expansion on impact.
This does not mean, however, that magnum charges can never be used with AeroLites. In hunting situations where long-range shots are the norm, Aerolites may indeed be the best choice – even with a 150 grain load. We took a number of mule deer at ranges over 150 plus yards with magnum charges and had excellent results last year.
So what will I be shooting this season for hunting whitetails out of a treestand. A CVA Accura V2 Model PR3116SM with a thumbhole stock in Realtree APG, equipped with a Quake Claw sling, topped with a Konus 3×10 scope, and loaded with 100 grains of IMR WhiteHots powder and a 250 grain PowerBelt Aerolite Bullet.
The bottom line is with this new bullet you can shoot less powder and still have great knockdown power with your modern muzzleloader. Try this new bullet and your shoulder with thank you.