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#3231696 - 04/25/13 05:43 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: fullstream]
CR500AFX
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 Originally Posted By: fullstream
I had got an optima for my son to use last year. I shot 100gn blackthorn with 200 gn shockwaves. This shot close to moa all day long, and was shooting right at 1900fps. I did not get the blackthorn breech plug as it shot well. I only ran about 40 shots through it. I would ditch the pellets & go loose powder. Blackthorn was nice as it was much cleaner then the others. Hope you get it figured out as an optima is a fine ml.



Fullstream has got it right. Blackhorn 209 is as close as you'll ever get to a smokeless ML. Excellent velocity, accuracy, and also VERY clean burning. As for powerbelts, you may as well shoot a ball of lead. I did a cutaway of a 295gr HP Powerbelt after I had one explode on a shoulder at 50 yards. I could copper plate them thicker with a paint gun...They may work if you drive them slow but I'm all for a quick ethical kill.
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#3244767 - 05/12/13 09:27 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: pseshooter300]
Hunt 365
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Power belts. I think they were designed for CVA. I tried TC shock waves in my optima and it was throwing screwballs.
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#3248481 - 05/17/13 06:06 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: Hunt 365]
r'ville a-bolt
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powerbelts been workin great for me shootin 150 gr 777 pellets in my cva apex 4 quick kills last yr
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#3279246 - 06/30/13 07:40 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: r'ville a-bolt]
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I shot 3 shots today at the range. This combo seems to work good out of my Optima.
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#3279712 - 07/01/13 11:58 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: Buzzard Breath]
pseshooter300
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I want to try loose powder
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#3280178 - 07/01/13 09:31 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: pseshooter300]
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 Originally Posted By: pseshooter300
I want to try loose powder
do it
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#3281899 - 07/03/13 08:54 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: Deer Assassin]
Grill-n-man
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Registered: 01/10/13
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Ditch the 777 altogether. Regular pyro in loose or powder will work alot better.
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#3283483 - 07/06/13 01:37 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: skynimrod]
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Encore nuf said!
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#3286329 - 07/09/13 09:03 AM Re: cva optima help [Re: skynimrod]
pseshooter300
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It seems to like the 290 Barnes and 100 grains of pyrodex pellets
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#3286650 - 07/09/13 03:08 PM Re: cva optima help [Re: pseshooter300]
Grill-n-man
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The one I traded off last month, and I had it for years, had the 29" barrel and liked the 245gr power belt hollow point with both 150 & 100gr charges. If you just going to shoot out to just over 100 yards I wouldn't waste the powder by using a 150 load. And remember if you going to sight it in to shoot out to 200 yards check where it hits at 50 and 100 after you get the 200 yd zero. The only reason I got rid of mine is cause I have gone back to side locks. They are more fun to shoot and 90% of them don't run and the other 10% has gravity helping them. Let the smoke roll and enjoy.
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