Besides the changes in guns and powders, sabot design continues to evolve. Between the big cloud of white smoke, knowing I only have one shot, and the special seasons, I enjoy shooting muzzleloaders a lot. And with ample time at the bench, one of the best shooting loads I have found to date is a 235-grain Cabela's X-Tended Range Sabot backed with 100 grains of Pyrodex®.
The spitzer design with polymer tip really lends itself to accuracy getting me groups that rival centerfire performance. When paired with a powered scope, I can routinely shoot 1-1/2" groups and my best group to date is a ragged three-shot cloverleaf that measures just under an inch. That beats my favorite pre-64 Model 70!
On game, the results are equally impressive. I have shot several deer with them, and the internal damage has been devastating. The lead bullet expands rapidly at muzzleloader velocities, creating a large amount of internal shock and damage and puts animals down quickly. This year, I shot an antelope at almost 140 yards, and at the impact, he literally tipped over where he stood. These sabots are available in several weights in .45, .50 and .54 caliber to suit your hunting needs.