Hardly a week goes by without at least two or three viewers of the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website asking, "Why do you lean so heavily in favor of shooting and hunting with Harvester Muzzleloading's saboted 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold?"
Well, the answer is actually pretty simple.
Based on all of the shooting I have done with the bullet, and the exemplary performance of that bullet on the game I have taken with it, my opinion of the 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold is that it is the best modern muzzleloader hunting bullet on the market today. Again...this opinion is entirely based on the outstanding accuracy I have gotten with this particular bullet, and the fact that EVERY big game animal I have shot with it since 2007 has not run out of sight before going down. In fact, easily 3/4ths have gone down pretty much where they were standing.
All of these tests have been performed with the 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold...shooting charges of Blackhorn 209. For a look at NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING's 2015 "50 Consecutive Shot Test", go to -
All three of the deer shown in the above two photos were taken last season (2014)...and all were taken at 200-plus yards...each with a single 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold. The Montana buck and doe in the left photo were each dropped on the spot, shooting a stout 120-grain charge of Blackhorn 209 behind the bullet - out of a .50 caliber Redemption (LHR Sporting Arms). The Nebraska buck in the right photo, shot at 228 yards with a Traditions .50 VORTEK Ultra Light LDR stuffed with 110-grains of Blackhorn 209, ran maybe 60 yards out into a large alfalfa hay field, then dropped. The bullets passed completely through all three deer, but not before doing considerable damage to internal organs.
These two hunts are covered at the following links -
The photo above left is of the very first whitetail I ever shot with the 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold, taken on a very cold December afternoon at 181 yards. The deer is also the ONLY deer I have shot twice with the bullet...and really did not have to. This buck also holds another distinction. It was the very first whitetail to be taken in the U.S. with the powder that would come to be known as Blackhorn 209.
I was hunting with a prototype batch of the powder, which had been dubbed "Silver Strike", due to its varying shades of grey coloration. In late afternoon, this buck came working down a long sandy draw I had been watching, and when it stopped in front of a huge cottonwood tree...I decided to take the shot. The tree had been checked with a laser rangefinder earlier that afternoon, and was known to be at 188 yards. The deer looked to be 5 or 6 yards closer. Using the 200 yard reticle of the Hi-Lux TB-ML scope, I held a little below center of the chest cavity and squeezed off the shot.
The loud "wallop" of the bullet driving home told me that I had made a good hit. The buck just humped up and stood in the same spot. One of the things I was testing the new powder for was ease of reloading in the field. In less than 20 seconds, I had dumped in a new charge of powder, out of a plastic speed-load tube, and had ramrodded a saboted 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold down onto the charge. Using a set of home-made cross-sticks for a solid rest, I held for the exact same spot and squeezed off the second shot...and at the "wallop" of that bullet driving home the buck went straight to the ground. From the downed deer back to my makeshift brush blind on the side of the ridge lasered out to be exactly 181 yards. (Both hits were within 1-inch of each other.)
Not all of the deer I've taken with the 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold have been taken at such long ranges. The buck shown directly above right is a Montana deer that eased out to the edge of a large alfalfa field in the last shooting light of the day, offering a perfectly broadside shot at 140 yards. The 300-grain bullet drove home squarely through the rib cage, and this deer dropped like a sack of rocks.
Of the 57 deer I have personally taken with the Scorpion PT Gold bullets (with 58 shots), 49 of them have been taken with the 300-grain bullet - and none have run out of sight after being hit. As late summer days begin to cool off, especially in the morning, as always I'll hit the range a lot more to hone my longer range shooting skills in preparation for the coming big game seasons. As always, I will also do a lot of shooting with a variety of other bullets, especially out of a few newer test rifles we've acquired here at NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING. Still, I know that when I do head out on my first hunt of 2015, the rifle will be loaded with a 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold.
Why would I hunt with anything else? - Toby Bridges, NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING
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