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Tools of the Trade => Firearms => Topic started by: outdoorsaddiction on August 28, 2009, 03:37:39 PM

Title: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2009, 03:37:39 PM
I recently aquired a CVA optima, i was wondering if anybody has this gun and what powder/projectile combo works the best
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2009, 09:53:55 PM
I have the CVA Optima Pro 45 cal. so it might be different than yours. I went against the grain because I did not like the power belts that they recommended and went with a sabot cased bullet I was comfortable with and got better groupings. Powder measurements will differ with guns and person. Let us know what caliber and I am positive with everyone on here they will get you a Great starting point and get you closer to getting what feels best for you.I know it might cost a little but shoot,shoot,shoot. I hope to hear how it is shooting and of your Season's success. 
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2009, 11:14:33 PM
THE GUN IS A 50 CALIBER, NOT REALLY CONCERNED WITH COST I JUST WANT THE BEST COMBO FOR THE GUN.
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2009, 10:04:45 AM
I have the optima and shoot 90 gn of loose powder with 270 cva platinum powerbelt.  I have taken deer out to 140 yards with it and still gotten clean pass through.  Last years took out a rib on both sides so I'm getting plenty of power out of this combo.  I aimed 4" high at 140 and it hit right where I wanted it to.  I zeroed at 80 yards as most of my shots are in the 80-90 yard range.  I have also shot the standard powerbelts in it but didn't get the power that I was looking for, they weren't exiting the deer even at closer range, around 40 yards.  The powerbelts are by far the easiest slug that I have tried to load.  I tried hornady sabots but after 3-4 shots I'd have to clean it before I could get the slug to seat properly.  One thing I would recommend is purchasing a powerrod http://www.xssights.com/store/blackpowder.html (http://www.xssights.com/store/blackpowder.html) to replace the ramrod that cva ships with it.  I did and I like this rod alot better, not near as hard on the hand.
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2009, 10:14:48 AM
i use 150 gr. of triple seven pellets and a 223 or 245 grain power belt bullet.  the buck in my avatar was taken with the this load and a 223 grain power belt.  suggest buy some pellets or powder and practice on the range to see what your rifle likes best.  i like the power belts as don't get sabot fouling etc. with them and can reload quickly if i needed too.

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Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2009, 10:17:54 AM
If he only has the optima it is only rated for 100 grains of powder.  The optima pro can take up to 150 grains.
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2009, 06:08:04 PM
Each rifle can be deferent so try several combinations , you can stay under 100grs and have very good take down power .
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 30, 2009, 10:23:17 PM
I have one that was given to me a few years back...not an in-line fan so it's a loaner.
Sighted it in for the young man that uses it...it like 80grs. of 2f Goex with those Lightfield Alpha Gold 300's.
He's shot alot of deer with that combo.
Title: Re: MUZZY help
Post by: [Blocked] on August 31, 2009, 01:34:46 PM
Each rifle can be deferent so try several combinations , you can stay under 100grs and have very good take down power .
  I tried at least 4 different kinds of slugs and many different powder combo before settling on what I use.  I work with another guy that has an optima and his gun likes 100gn of 777 with a hornady slug.  The best part of finding the best load is you get to shoot allot till you find it.