I brought a Optimal 50.cal two months ago, tried several bullets and powder. It took me about a 100 rounds to get the barrel smoothed out,
I finally stuck with 150grs. of powder (cleanshot, I don't if they are still in business) bought the powder 3 years ago. 250gr T/C shockwave bullet. best group 2 1/2 inches at 150 yards. 3x9x40 bushnell banner scope.
I shot a 5pt. yesterday with it, totally ruin that buck's day. Shot was at 125 (ranged it) buck dropped in it tracks. Buck dressed out 150lbs. I love to black powder hunt, it's great to load your own powder/bullet and make a great shot. All my rifles are single-shot's 30-06, 25-06 is what i use during regular gun season. I bought a 29in. 45cal barrel for the optima going to do some testing on it, now since my son and I have put two in the freezer. He has an old LK-93 50cal knight, shoots 100gr pyrodex 260gr knight bullets, never had a deer go more that 10 yards atfer being shot.
All i can suggest is to buy the best M/L you can get and practice, try different powders and bullets, because what might work for me might not work for you. Happy Hunting and GOD bless.
Well,my Optima is a killer rifle. A 180 gr. Hornady sabot w/100gr pellets shoots a 3 1/2" group @ 100 yds. Killed a 6 pt @85yds.,ran about 30 steps. An anterless buck @10yds., between the eyes,
. A doe @ 15 yds., neck shot. All kills on a state game reserve. All killed from the ground while sneaking.
Sadly,I have only 3 days to hunt.(work is a 4 letter word).Rut gettin going here in MS now.
New to the board.......have owned numerous CVA guns....My Optima Pro shoots great. 2 caribou in Quebec one at 154 yards and one at 172 yards. I used 100 grains of Pyrodex and 245 grain Powerbelt bullet. CVA make great affordable guns.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...