Hornady® FPB™ Bullets
Very difficult to load but deadly
I switched from Powerbelt to this bullet because I lost the first elk that I ever shot. The Powerbelt didn't penetrate properly on a straight-on shot into the chest at very close range. I read that this bullet has excellent penetration and performance. I shoot a .50 Traditions LT and this bullet will not load properly. I have to pound it in until the rifling grooves the bullet. Even then it is a chore to properly seat the bullet. Last fall I took a shot on a nice bull at 75 yards. The bullet hit right behind the shoulder. It took out both lungs and ended up lodged in the hide on the other side. The bull was hit so hard that it couldn't run. It stumbled and fell within 10 yards. I will continue to use this bullet because I am impressed with the impact that I witnessed. Due to the loading problem I have to carry Powerbelts since they load so easily for a second shot.
March 18, 2012
Great Big Game bullet for the muzzleloader
I'm a big fan of Hornady bullets as a whole, but i found that saboted bullets were fairly inconsistent in my gun. I think the sabots were burning out trying to ride the rifling. I started shooting these with that in mind, and I'm glad I did. They simply devastate deer. I had the good fortune to hunt bison with black powder two years ago, and anchored a great bull. One shot with a 350 grain FPB and 100 grains of Triple 7 dropped him where he stood. I'm shocked at the reviews of others, but I can assure you, no other bullet will be put downrange from my muzzleloader. My experience showed me they'll work for anything that walks in North America.
February 18, 2012
Easy to load if you carry a hammer. They ran .507-.508 and that's very tight in a .50cal (.500 bore) . I tried them in 3 different rifles a CVA, KNIGHT, AND T/C. A .501--.502 would be great.
December 18, 2011
They shoot great out of my T/C Omega. I was getting great groups at 100 yards. I sighted them in and the next day I got a 7 pt. with them. The flex tip stuck in the hide and the bullet hit dead center in the chest, bounced off bone, and slid down the shoulder. The shoulder was destroyed, but I wish it would have went straight through the chest instead of turning at the bone. The deer ran 400 yards and dropped. When we skinned it we saw where pieces of bone had splintered and punctured a lung and destroyed the liver.
October 22, 2011