Ok, I bow to the experience from you guys on sabots. I'm going to be just hunting for black bear from now on. We have to stalk in Colorado, so I never know what sort of shot i'll get. I might have to bust through a shoulder and you know how bear shoulders are. Tough! So, my first thought was to use Barnes T-EZ 290gr. Being an old coot. I like to keep the recoil down as much as possible. I use BH out of a light Wolf. The T-EZ loads really tight but I can get it down ok. Just to give you an idea of my bore size. I then got to thinking about the XTP. I've never shot one but I know they have a good reputation. I seem to remember there's two versions. One is stronger. Is that the Mag? So, i'm looking at this one. https://www.midsouthshooterssupply....int45-caliber-300-grain-xtp-bullets-(30-pack) Is it a better choice for my application than the Barnes? How would it load compared to the T-EZ with the sabots it comes with. It says easy loading but who knows what that means compared to the Barnes? Keeping in mind if it's even a little tighter than the Barnes I won't get it down. The price is sure better than the Barnes. What do you guys think and what do you think for a powder load that won't kick too hard but be plenty to get the job done? What bothers me a little bit is the Barnes can be picky about expanding if it isn't pushed hard enough. The lead XTP should be more forgiving.