Hi I just bought a CVA Optima V2 Break Action .50 Muzzleloader. it is my first muzzleloader. I was wondering if anybody had any experience with these and any tips or pointers on which loads they have had success with, what to try or what to stay away from. Thanks for the help
I use federal magnum primers, 100 gr by weight of BlackHorn209, and a 250 gr TC Shockwave. Very accurate out of my Optima V2. I've had a few 1 hole hundred yard groups with this load. If you decide to use the BH209, you will need to get a different breech plug.
Thank you guys very much for your input. I was looking at the hornadays but was unsure of what to buy to calculate for the sabot if you dont buy them with the sabot on the bullet. After reading this I will have to buy some shockwaves as well. A lot of guys love the bh209. Is it that much cleaner than pellets or is it just more accurate?
and it's cleaner. I've also noticed it leaves an oily residue in the barrel and is actually easy to load after several firings without swabbing the bore. No crud buildup or carbon ring you get with 777 or pyrodex that you have to knock out after 2-3 firings. I loaded mine last year in mid October for early MZ season in MD after sighting in and fouling the bore. I left it loaded thru mid-December (no deer to shoot at). Took it out after deer season and was curious if it would even go off (deer season was wet) so I shot it at the same target I sighted in at in Oct. and the shot was right in the same group. With any other powder out there I'd have had corrosion in the barrel after shooting in Oct and waiting until Dec. to clean.
Mine is an Encore, not CVA, but I use BH209 in my other 45 cal CVA as well. in my Encore I'm shooting a specialty bullet from prbullet.com. it's a 195 gr 357 cal ballistic tip like bullet in a duplex sabot. It's a 45 cal sabot inside a 50 cal sabot.
Sounds weird, but it works great on deer out to 250 so far for me. Super accurate. But I'm thinking of trying a heavier bullet after a run in with a bear didn't end well. The harvester scorpion gold in 300 gr with crush rib sabots is on top of the list.
I use nothing but CCI 209 MAGNUM primers with BH209. You CANNOT use the kleanbore or whatever they call the modern muzzleloader primers that are made for pyrodex or 777. You WILL get hangfires or misfired with them and BH209. Standard 209s are fine too.