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CVA Accura v2 - getting started

All, So, I was going to buy a T/C ProHunter, but they've been out of stock and decided on the CVA Accura. Picked up for a good price - three fif ty. Happy to pay a lot less than the T/C gun price! So, the manual recommends the white hots and powerbelts bullets. It looks like powerbelts are illegal in CO so, I'm looking at Thor and Hornady. Anyone have any experience using the white hots? I know everyone recommends BH 209 powder, but I would have to buy another breech plug which runs another $27. Is it worth getting the breech plug? Looking closely at the peeprib, probably will pull the trigger. Any info is appreciated! Ryan

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Ok, after a little more

Ok, after a little more reading it looks like powerbelts are legal but white hots are not b/c they are pelletized. I guess I'm going to try a few different bullets and just see what shoots best. I'm leaning to start with the Hornady SST and maybe powerbelts to see how they shoot...now, to decide on my powder...

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The SST won't be legal. It's

The SST won't be legal. It's uses a sabot.

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I meant hornady FPB.  I also used powerbelt. Still not sold on either, however, blackthorn 209 is great!

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Another Good Hornady Bullet

Ryan,

It's been a year and a half since you started this thread, so I'm glad to hear you're gaining notable expertise with your front-stuffer. Besides being the ticket to an "extra" season, it's a lot of fun at the range and just a darned satisfying experience to fill a tag with that single shot when it all comes together.

I want to suggest another Colorado-legal bullet, if you haven't already tried it: Hornady's 385-grain Great Plains bullet. It's basically a Minie with a semi-hollow point. Its hollow-base skirt blows out to engrave the rifling, just like the FPB, but it's all lead. Bullets I've recovered appear to have enlarged further up the axial length of the bullet than have FPBs I've pulled out of milk jugs full of water. I have used them exclusively in a T/C Grey Hawk that took my first elk cow a few years ago before my employer moved me to the Midwest. I haven't used them with Blackhorn 209, but they grouped well with that 1:44" twist sidehammer and 80 grains of Pyrodex Select. I've fired a few in that 1:32" twist CVA Apollo and once got 5 of them inside of 2" at 100 yards. If I can conjure another box or two of them soon, I'll try them in one of my 1:28" twist in-lines and report the results.

I tried them in my trusty H&R Sidekick a few years back with the factory breech plug (a novel mechanical approach but an internal-ballistics disaster) with iron sights and some Pyrodex RS, but I wasn't serious in the effort at the time.

But if they shoot accurately in your smokepole, as they do in my sidehammer, I can assure you that they hit hard and expand well. They are bore-sized conicals, and legal out there. Check out BigSupplyShop.com for great pricing if you want enough of them to get a good range workout with different loads.

Incidentally, I still haven't found the sweet spot with that Encore. I can often get 3 Hornady SST-ML 250-grainers under 1-1/2", but a fourth shot always opens it up shamefully, even with a cooled-off barrel. My heavily-customized stainless H&R Sidekick will put 4-5 of those into one large ragged hole all day long, but the Encore that cost twice as much still shoots only half as well.

Be sure to tell us when you finally fill a tag with that muzzleloader. If I remember right, there's only about one more payday left before the application deadline!

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