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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-15-2019, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Going to enter the inline game next year. I have a Vortex 4-12 scope, so that isn't an issue. Let's keep the maximum I want to spend at $500.00. I'm open to suggestions - must be easy to clean in the field, on the bench, and at home. Also-- what size groups at 100 yards should I expect with these weapons? How long did it take you to find a load/bullet combination that you were happy with? I've played the flintlock game for a while. Not really interested in measuring powder, 2f, 3f, etc...round ball and patch vs. prelubed etc. I already spend the majority of my time with the intricate details of archery set-ups so I'm looking for a reliable, accurate, easy to maintain inline.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-16-2019, 09:56 AM
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Cant beat cva, I touch holes at 50 yards off the bench. Wolf ss is very accurate, 230 gr hornady 44 mag bullets and a sabot with 90 gr of 2f, Deer dont go far. Wolf with scope mounts less than $250

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Hittingguru-I've been thinking about buying a muzzle loader too over the last few years. Since I retired I have more time to hunt, but I just haven't been able to pull the trigger on one! Not sure why, maybe due to the limited antlerless season or that getting started could be a little overwhelming?? The new bear season could change reason #1! Good luck with your decision.
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Traditions Pursuit. The accuracy is the same as a rifle. I bought it used from a friend in 2010 and have been using it ever since. I kill multiple deer with it every year. In fact, I find it more reliable than my rifles. I change nothing other than the bullets last year because Barnes quit making them. I've never had the gun not fire for me....never. Just keep the breech hole and barrel clean.
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I was in same boat last year - what inline to get ?? I knew nothing. I did a bunch of research on inline muzzleloader forums and online in general. I knew up front I wanted an inline that wasn't too heavy and was capable of 100yd groups. Was focused on PA bear and doe season and the areas I hunt are tough hikes a and no long shot opportunities. I ended up with Thompson Center Strike. 1 inch groups at 100yds - super easy to clean and maintain. Shooting 77gr by exact weight Blackhorn 209 and Harvester Scorpion XP 300gr bullet. Swab barrel between shots and clean breech between shots. I did a ton of research and started with this combo and it exceeded my expectations. So repeatable shot after shot. I did shoot a second shot without cleaning on 2 different range sessions to mimic a follow up in real hunting situation. Was dead on. I'll still go through my same swabbing and breech cleaning after each shot simply for the repeatable accuracy. No bear but did shoot a doe at 60yrs. Very pleased with results. Have a DNZ Reaper scope mount with a Sig Sauer Whiskey 3 fire dot reticle. CVA Accura was on my radar too. Right now I'd give a good look at Traditions Striker - I like the strike fired inlines vs the hammer.
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The Traditions model I mentioned above is Vortek Strikefire Backcountry - be a perfect inline for PA mountains
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I love my CVA Accura MR
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CVA Optima V2 is what you seek.
Best trigger I've ever felt on an inline, rivals a lot of centerfire rifles actually.
Very accurate, simple cleaning, the QRBP (quick release breech plug) is a snap.
Off-season deals can be found easily, complete packages (scope & case) ~$320-$350 (bud's online) or ~$275 for just the gun with scope mounts.
With a little searching, it's not much more than a Wolf, but is a lot more gun.
The only difference between the Optima and the Accura (beside cosmetics on the stocks and the price tag) is the Accura barrel gets one additional polishing step...

PS: whatever you get, consider going with stainless.
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CVA Optima. loaded with two 50 grain pyrodex pellets and a 295 grain copper clad powerbelt HP...and a simmons 3x9x42 scope, shoots almost as good as my 30-06
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CVA Optima. loaded with two 50 grain pyrodex pellets and a 295 grain copper clad powerbelt HP...and a simmons 3x9x42 scope, shoots almost as good as my 30-06
I do the same when I shoot a 2+ inch four shot group at 100 yards. I just label the target as 2 seperate 2 shot groups. Does wonders for my average and reputation amongst those I show the targets to. Your not fooling me, bohunr!

Jk....good shooting gun there, bohunr. Nice work.
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