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So I bought the CVA Optima. This is my first inline muzzleloader and I am really excited to use it. What grain of bullets should I use for this gun? What works bests or is each gun different? I guess I am a bit confused by what grain I should I use? Any suggestions?

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from lovetohunt wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Different weights will shoot differently out of the gun. I use 245 grain bullets right now. I wouldn't mind trying some heavier ones as well.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

What caliber?

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from stephenah85 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

.50

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I have shot 295 Powerbelt hollow points for years in my CVA Optima. I shoot 100 grains of Pyrodex ( 2 50 grain pellets). This year I am going to try Hornady sabots with 250 grain flex tip bullets and I am going to change to Triple 7 powder. Don't ask me why I just want to try something new. I have killed several deer with the Powerbelts.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I have an Accura, a few other ML's and friends have an Optima and a wolf. All shoot the 295 grain powerbelt very well with IMR white hots 2-50 grain pellets. I have experimented plenty with 777 powder and pellets-good but the powder will get you better accuracy.
Pyrodex powder and pellets-good but 777 is better. Goex 2F and 3F black-use it in tradional guns not in-lines.
The best pellets are IMR white hots-accurate and more velocity. I have chronographed many shots.
My favorite powder is Blackhorn 209. It is expensive initially but a 10 ounce bottle will go about as far as 1 lb of 777. It gives excellent accuracy, lower pressure, and best of all NO CRUD RING PERIOD in your barrel after the shot. Another big thing about Blackhorn is the smoke cloud is much smaller-you can see the deer react to your shot and which way he ran. When you shoot a few you will realize just how important that is for finding your deer. So far have taken 2 deer with Blackhorn. One at 50 yd the other was 134 yd. Both times I saw the deer react to the shot and run away. Neither went nore than 50 yds.
Almost forgot if you need all the range you can get try Barnes new T-EZ sabot bullet in 250 grains. Easy to load and very accurate they shoot somewhate flatter than powerbelts. Check my photo files there is a pic of one of these bullets recovered from a deer last week-just click my name-scroll down.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

If you hunt in the woods where range is not a big factor Powerbelts are great. Here in KS I need all the range can get. Hence the Barnes T-EZ sabot bullets.

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from lovetohunt wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Different weights will shoot differently out of the gun. I use 245 grain bullets right now. I wouldn't mind trying some heavier ones as well.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

What caliber?

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from stephenah85 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

.50

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I have shot 295 Powerbelt hollow points for years in my CVA Optima. I shoot 100 grains of Pyrodex ( 2 50 grain pellets). This year I am going to try Hornady sabots with 250 grain flex tip bullets and I am going to change to Triple 7 powder. Don't ask me why I just want to try something new. I have killed several deer with the Powerbelts.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I have an Accura, a few other ML's and friends have an Optima and a wolf. All shoot the 295 grain powerbelt very well with IMR white hots 2-50 grain pellets. I have experimented plenty with 777 powder and pellets-good but the powder will get you better accuracy.
Pyrodex powder and pellets-good but 777 is better. Goex 2F and 3F black-use it in tradional guns not in-lines.
The best pellets are IMR white hots-accurate and more velocity. I have chronographed many shots.
My favorite powder is Blackhorn 209. It is expensive initially but a 10 ounce bottle will go about as far as 1 lb of 777. It gives excellent accuracy, lower pressure, and best of all NO CRUD RING PERIOD in your barrel after the shot. Another big thing about Blackhorn is the smoke cloud is much smaller-you can see the deer react to your shot and which way he ran. When you shoot a few you will realize just how important that is for finding your deer. So far have taken 2 deer with Blackhorn. One at 50 yd the other was 134 yd. Both times I saw the deer react to the shot and run away. Neither went nore than 50 yds.
Almost forgot if you need all the range you can get try Barnes new T-EZ sabot bullet in 250 grains. Easy to load and very accurate they shoot somewhate flatter than powerbelts. Check my photo files there is a pic of one of these bullets recovered from a deer last week-just click my name-scroll down.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

If you hunt in the woods where range is not a big factor Powerbelts are great. Here in KS I need all the range can get. Hence the Barnes T-EZ sabot bullets.

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