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Anyone shoot the new Hornady FPB bullets yet. These bullets are suppose to load the easiest because they have no jacket. I bought a box yesterday and will shoot them when i get my T/C Omega back from the gunsmith, having a VX-11 Leupold put on. I am going to go back to granulated powder this year (American Pioneer Powder FFG) used Pyrodex last year. These bullets weigh 350 grain, any ideas on ballistics. If I sight in at 100 yards, what might I be at 50 yards and again at 150 yards. Is a heavier bullet better for long range than a 250 grain bullet ( a gunsmith told me this). I will start with 100 grain of powder and work up to maybe 150 grain.

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You need to spend the time at the range. Easy load is great but accuracy is what puts bucks on the ground. Range time with your gun , your load is the only way to answer your question. Not blunt just honest.:confused:
 

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I will take a bullet that is more difficult to load any day of the week. It is more accurate than undersized bullets. The tight sabot prevents any blow by which causes erratic bullet movement creating potential accuracy issues. These tight fitting bullets are a pain when at the range in practice mode or sighting in. A consistent cleaning process between shots is a must to maintaining accuracy. IMO in a hunting situation the follow up shot, if necessary, is not a factor.
 

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I am not familiar with the FPB but I do use a Hornaday 300 XTP that is awsome. The heavier bullets are the way to go IMHO. I wonder if the FTB isn't designed to seal the gas on the shot.
 

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Yes Buckshot, The FPB bullets have a copper coating on them that expand to seal in the gas when shot. I thought I would try them because the T/C shockwave bullets I currently shoot are so hard to load. Yes. I do know that the harder to load the more accurate the shot. I talked with T/C arms and they have had problems with the shockwave bullets in the the T/C Omega. They recommened using a little bit of bore butter on the rim of the jacket to ease in loading. My brother-n-law has same gun and has no problem loading the same bullet. I will let you all know what I think about thse new Hornady bullets next week.
 

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Hornady FPB Bullets

I will be heading to the range again this year with my Omega 50 caliber, 250 BDC Nikon Scope and new Hornady 350 grain bullets. The range goes only to 100 yards, which I really want to test this bullet at 200 yards. I will start at 100 grains of powder and go from there as well. Let you know what happens.
 

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350 grains?! Holy buffalo at 200yards and 100 grains of powder it is going to drop like a rock.:yes:
 

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Anyone shoot the new Hornady FPB bullets yet. These bullets are suppose to load the easiest because they have no jacket. I bought a box yesterday and will shoot them when i get my T/C Omega back from the gunsmith, having a VX-11 Leupold put on. I am going to go back to granulated powder this year (American Pioneer Powder FFG) used Pyrodex last year. These bullets weigh 350 grain, any ideas on ballistics. If I sight in at 100 yards, what might I be at 50 yards and again at 150 yards. Is a heavier bullet better for long range than a 250 grain bullet ( a gunsmith told me this). I will start with 100 grain of powder and work up to maybe 150 grain.

Heres the link to Hornady:
Hornady
I shot them a couple days ago with my pro hunter tc and i cant believe the group at a 100 yds 5 shots within a 1 inch group paper hole to paper hole and they got rid of the plastic as far as im concerned now best on the market for ft pd and velocity cant wait see penetration on a deer
 

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I shot them a couple days ago with my pro hunter tc and i cant believe the group at a 100 yds 5 shots within a 1 inch group paper hole to paper hole and they got rid of the plastic as far as im concerned now best on the market for ft pd and velocity cant wait see penetration on a deer
I forgot to mention no swabbing between shots and yes easy to load loads better then the power belt and no build up ram rod seated same spot all 5 shots
 

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ok i shot again on friday this time i shot 7 of the new hornady bullets with my tc pro hunter at 100 yds all 7 grouped under one and half inches and no build up and they all loaded the same right down to no build up on ram rod seeting i was truly amazed im anxious to try them out on a deer i hope they work like they say they do if thats case id say hornady made the perfect muzzeloader bullet NO MORE PLASTIC .
 

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You can't ask for any better than that. I am going to check into them myself. Thanks for the report.
 

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Well if they are that heavy and that accurate I think the only thing that could put a buck down harder is a Louisville Slugger---Maybe. I like to tinker with BP guns so during the off season I'll try them out.:thumbup:
 

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I went to the range a couple of weeks ago and shot the 350 grain hornady bullets. They loaded good and were accurate. But, 5 out the 6 bullets i shot didnt have the red polymer tips on them when I pulled the ramrod out. The polymer tips were in the end of the ramrod!!! They now become almost like a hollow point. I switched to 250 grain Hornady bullet with plastic jacket and was able to group just the same if not better at 100 yards.
 

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I've shot 15 of them and never had the tip come off. 3" groups at 100yds. My rod has a cupped end. Dropped a 10 pt with a T/C system 1 and 100gr 777.
 

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I bagan using the Hornady FPB projectiles this season. I shoot a Traditions Buckskinner sidelock scoped rifle, which I have owned for approximately 15 years. It has served me well, but has always been a bear to load. On reloading after first shot it has not been uncommon for me to have to ram the ramrod against a tree to seat the bullet. This goes for sabots, minnie balls, and the plastic skirted bullets that are so popular. The original fiberglas ramrod was replaced with a steel one because of this loading problem. The Hornadys are a breeze to load and are also very accurate and hard hitting. I have fired more than five consecutive shots without once wiping the bore and every FPB has loaded easily. I believe I will be able to go back to the fiberglas ramrod with these projectiles.
 

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I sure don't have any of these problems with a flint gun. :w00t:Just pour in the powder start a patched round ball seat it and prime the pan. I know old fashion but it works and the guns are accurate out to 80 yds. I still feed my TC firehawk 100 grs of 2f powder and a TC maxi hunter hollow point. With the 3x9 scope this will group 1.5" at 100 yds off sand bags. I would like to replace the firehawk with a newer TC model. Maybe for next year.
 

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So how do they open up? I was going to go with them, but I thought they were a bit bulky and ended up going with Shockwaves. I am a big Hornady ammo fan, but I just though that these were a bit too big, and didn't know how accurate they would be past 100 yards, seems like they would start to drop quite a bit. Did they open up well when it hit the deer Huntermike? Were you able to find the round or did it blow through?
 

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That video is pretty cool. They seem to open up well. I just wonder how well they do on accuracy past 100 yards. I bet they start to drop like a rock. Lol I might try them next year though, they seem pretty nice, I just don't know if I like the size of them.
 
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