In the coming weeks, I'm going to order a Nikon Force XR 2.5-8x scope for my Optima muzzleloading pistol. I've got a 2x model on it now, but I can't shoot those worth a darn past 50 yards, which was the farthest I had practiced last year when the big buck I was after stepped out at about 100 yards. I don't want to be in that situation again, so I'm going to upgrade.
That's not all I'm going to change, though. Instead of using the Hornady XTP/sabot packs, I'm going to buy the sabots separately and try a different bullet than the 240 grain XTP. Having become a fan of Barnes bullets lately, I was thinking about trying the .451 200 grain XPB designed for the 45 Colt. Additionally, since this bullet is quite expensive, I was going to buy some much cheaper Berry's plated .452 200 grain hollowpoints to make a practice/target load.
Based on my experience using the 240 grain XTP and BH 209, I can probably push the Barnes bullets in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 1,600 fps. Do you think this would make a good 100 yard capable load? I'm confident the Optima will be accurate enough. The question is, is this load enough?
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