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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-10-2015, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a muzzleloader.

Im looking to buy my first inline muzzleloader to use in Illinois and iowa. I was looking at TC pro hunter and triumph but have also seen a lot about cva and the new traditions striker fire. Does anyone have any recommendations or sites for honest reviews where the guns are actually tested not judged on endorsements or nicest camo pattern. Thanks!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-10-2015, 02:23 PM
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

I like Chuckhawks. I like the TC inlines. Encores always seem too heavy. You're carrying more than you need.
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

Chuck's Place has writers that follow the money. When the money trail stops, so does their good reviews.

Do a Google search on muzzleloader forums, muzzleloader messageboards, blackpowder forums and blackpowder messageboards. You will learn more truth about the industry, at places like this.



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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

you dont want reviews, you want actual OWNERS.

The strikerfire is a darn good rifle, I got one over a year ago, my brother in law shot a huge 5x5 muley with it on camera.

I highly suggest you go to the store, handle as many as you can, get the names of the rifles and come back and ask about the rifle that you favored the most.
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

When I was looking to get one I did as triple seven suggests. Then I asked my friends their opinions of theirs. After all that I felt as though I had asked Ford or Chevy? Remington 870 or Mossberg 500?

So then I handled and shot as many as I could. Not being new to bp I kind of knew what I was looking for. And since my percussion cap is a T/C I was leaning that way. While I won't say any of the ones I handled were horrible I did have ones that just worked better in my hands and were more accurate. Most were what I had expected them to be going in. But I was most pleasantly surprised by my cousins Optima.

All that said, I ended up getting a Knight and haven't been disappointed.

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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

I have the T/C Pro Hunter you are looking at and it is a gem. I bought it in 2013 and it is fast becoming one of my favorite guns. It shoots like a dream and has no problems putting a clover leaf on paper at 100 yards. While I haven't shot it any further than that I have no doubt it would only be limited by the shooters ability.
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

My cva optima is outshooting both my friends t/c's. Im using 100gr BH with 300gr thor.
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

I have a T/C Encore,its a GREAT gun,shoots under 1'' groups at 100yds. and 2'' or under at 200.Shooting 100gr.Blackhorn 209 behind a 250gr. shockwave. Couldn't pry it from my hands and has barrel options!!!!
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

Let the rifle find you! Handle as many as you can and go with what fits and feels natural! I've had both T/C and Traditions both are great shooters. The Traditions always felt more natural to me so I just sold my ProHunter and got another Traditions. Traditions, T/C and CVA are all decent guns!

16/17 deer season:

Wet butt so far
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-17-2015, 09:31 PM
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Re: Looking for a muzzleloader.

I have an Encore and a CVA Optima V2, and have taken deer with both. I like the CVA a lot better, especially considering its lower price. It's more accurate, has a better trigger, and weighs less.

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