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I'm new to the muzzleloader world and I have a few questions. I have learned quite a bit by reading this forum over the last year and that is what prompted me to try the "addiction".

1. I have a CVA Optima. I'm using 777 pellets 100grain with a 295gr powerbelt. If I don't fire the gun, when I come home can I remove the breech plug and remove the pellets and bullet and reuse the bullet (not the pellets) or do I need to fire the bullet/load out everytime I hunt?

2. My dad bought Remington 209 STS Premier shotgun primers. Are these OK to use in a 50 cal muzzleloader that uses 209 primers?

Thanks again
 

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just remove the primer and your goood to go. leave the load in it untilll the season is done, and then fire it off.
 

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I personally don't like to remain loaded for the season especially if wet weather has been about. I unload removing the breech. I have used the pellets again if they are not crushed....and the should not be crushed but that happens. I'm a little picky about doing everything I can to make sure ignition occurrs EVERY TIME and wet powder charge from rain making it's was down the bore during drives is always a concern for me.

The 209 primers are good and will work. Primers can drastically affect accuracy and grouping. If it groups well with that primer...use it and only that brand. In one instance we discovered that 3 different 209 primers produced groups that differed by almost 3". Of course your gun will determine what she likes and you cannot do much but try to appease her. Just like a wife!! Good Luck!
 

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Jester said:
Of course your gun will determine what she likes and you cannot do much but try to appease her. Just like a wife!!
That is a Great way to put it Jester . The wife for some reason get upset when I say she about my guns .
I have to say some times I do spend more time with them than her .
I tell her it is seasonal . Yes the season lasts all year around .
 

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I can't say a word about mine. I wanted to Hunt bear in Maine this year....she booked it. I wanted a x-bow....she drove me to meet the guy to buy it. I was gonna hang at the house and get stuff done this weekend,,,,she said," You are going to camp. Your leaving Friday and I'll see ya when ya get home"


Now my first wife...... let's not go there!
 
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