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#3305132 - 07/28/13 09:26 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: Grill-n-man]

Registered: 03/16/07
Posts: 89
Loc: TN, Williamson County

I have a CVA Optima that I bought last year that shoots nice groups at 100 yards with two 777 50 grain pellets and the Barns 250 gr TMZ. I haven't had any loading problems. I tried the Powerbelts and they didn't do as well in my rifle. It consistently shoots 1.5" three shot groups. The stainless barrel is really easy to clean up and the quick release breach plug is a nice bonus.
#3310358 - 08/02/13 11:26 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: skynimrod]
4 Point

Registered: 01/01/12
Posts: 141
Loc: tenn

I have CVA optima and my father in law has one too we have dune a lot of playing around with the powder if you shot white hots pellets and power ballets shot 150 grains if you shot loose powder shoot 115 grains 777 with 295 grain power helmets reason is the power helmet are quit a bit smaller then the barrel and the need a very very hot charge behind them to swell the sabot out I my self quit shooting the power belts and have went to the Barnes 300 grain sabots the group a little better and havick on deer lol I dropped down my powder to 100 grains and they still shot good groups
#3311307 - 08/04/13 08:56 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: serriaman07]
8 Point

Registered: 04/03/11
Posts: 1046
Loc: kingsport

I have only tried 100 grain pyrodex pellets with the Barnes bullets but may try 777 pellets cause I have some
#3313768 - 08/06/13 04:23 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: pseshooter300]
8 Point

Registered: 05/05/13
Posts: 1682
Loc: Bedford county TN

i shoot muzzle loaders all the time and my optima only liked 100 gr of Pyrodex pellets or 85 gr of 777 loose with a 295 gr PB. I tried a lot of combos but this was the only one that shot well.

I have pretty much gone to loose powder for everything. You get more shots for your money and it is easy to vary the charge. I weigh mine on a small electronic scale.
"You can't kill 'em on the couch."

#3314596 - 08/07/13 09:54 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: ghostfive]
Good ol' Boys "Team Grizzly"
12 Point

Registered: 10/24/07
Posts: 5461
Loc: Wilson County, TN

i shot mine when i had it with BH powder and 250g Barnes. i tried 777 pellets and poweder and it was all over the place. Went to BH and it was a nice 1" group at 100yds all day long.

John 3:16

#3315083 - 08/07/13 05:19 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: REN]
4 Point

Registered: 01/01/12
Posts: 141
Loc: tenn

I went to the 295 SST or barnes 295 the longest shot I will get where I hunt would be about 100 yards if that so I prefer something with some knock down behind it
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