My good buddy gave me a muzzleloader as an early Christmas present. I was beyond shocked. I know nothing about them. What do you recommend for me to buy to make this a deer killing piece? Thanks for the help.
Thanks Jason.What type Jon? I have an older CVA takes the 209 primers, I love it. Just changed the scope and plan to try to sight it in tomorrow. It is a tack driver for the first 3 shots or so, then it needs a brush down the tube.
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. What do you recommend for me to buy to make this a deer killing piece? Thanks for the help.
What to buy:
A good scope and 1-piece scope mount
50 cal sabots or power belts
blackpowder pellets (easiest/fastest to load)
good cleaning supplies
I have a T/C Encore magnum BP rifle and use 3 pellets = 150g powder.
Never over powder beyond the barrels printed limit.
Not familiar with the one you have, but it's max powder charge is either 100g or 150g.
I use the white hots pellets, burns cleaner, and 295g bullets.
There should be some accompanying literature on getting started, read it, as it should tell
you what they recommend on 1st time loading and shooting, as well as cleaning. Some even have their recommended bullets to use.
Once you get accustomed to it, you might want to try blackhorn 209 powder. It is in powder form so you will need to measure it for each shot (there's a quick measure device you can buy).
But the best thing about blackhorn 209 is that it is non-corrosive, whereas the white hots is corrosive.
Other B.powders are triple 7 (corrosive) and pyrodex powders (corrosive too I think).
I don't worry about the corrosive powder because I clean my barrel thoroughly even if I didn't shoot it that day.
g/l and have some fun
This is what I recommend.Thanks Jason.
It's an Optima cva v2
It's a great looking gun! I can't wait to shoot it.
This is what I recommend.
Good cleaning kit but to be honest I just use a regular gun cleaning kit with patches that fit the bore. Because Blackhorn 209 is that easy to clean.
Buy Blackhorn 209 powder (I think Mikes and Walmart sell this powder)
$30-$40 blackhorn speed breech plug
CCI Magnum 209 Shotshell primers https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1301515043/cci-primers-209m-shotshell-magnum
250 grain Hornady FTX reloading bullets in .451 caliber ($25 for 100)
If you put a 50 cal bullet in a sabot, it ain't going down the barrel! Most ML rounds are .451 and fit into a sabot to make them .50 Cal.So you're saying to shoot a .45 caliber bullet out of a .50 caliber barrel? I don't see how that will improve on accuracy?
Work what works best for you and your gun! ML's are finicky beasts! But typically getting a good round with a good tight fitting sabot can help in the accuracy department! If your gun shoots fine with PB and you are happy with the results, then stick with them.Seems like alot of extra effort to do what a ready made .50cal sabot/bullet does with half the effort. IDK but think I'll stick to the tried and true .50 powerbelts. g/l
It's just a 45 caliber bullet in a sabot. It's nothing new and has been out longer than I probably have been alive. Same concept with shotgun slugs.So you're saying to shoot a .45 caliber bullet out of a .50 caliber barrel? I don't see how that will improve on accuracy?