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Need some real info from experience. Buying my first inline this weekend. Are 150 to 200 yard ranges possible with some of the products out there? Expensive models only? Catch 22 noted that he's confident out to 130 yards. What can I really expect? Any difference in the lenth of the barrels? Any help would really be apprediated.

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Well, all those long range shooters are going to knock me, but 100 yards is a long shot for me and 150 yards is almost to far but if I feel right I will take it, after that, I forget about it. Now this is real life shooting, I mean standing or kneeling using a tree for support, after busting a gut to go uphill or just plain busting a gut to get to where I am at. Longer ranges may be possible, with certain conditions, a good rest for the rifle etc. The above applies to me only, others may fare better at longer ranges.

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I agree 100% 150 yards is the absolute longest i would shoot and that only in the best conditions. I don't know about other people but I don't use a scope because its just not accurate beyond the distance i can shoot with iron sights. Another point to mention to a 1st time buyer is that many inlines advertise they can shoot "magnum loads" I encourage you to experiment with it but I think you'll find that 150 grains of powder kills accuracy.

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Brother-in-laws and I bought two cva inlines lastnight at bass pro shop in springfield. 1-firecat 45 cal and 1 hunter magbolt. Mounted scopes today, bored, and fired firecat. 50 yard target, hodgen sabots, and 100 gr of pyrodex pellets. Group was all over the place. Tried powerbelt bullets with same charge last four shots of 9 group went down to 1 1/2 inches. Shooting in the morning 50 cal magbolt. Will keep you posted. Thanks for your insight.

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Shot four different guns today. All guns were cva 50 cal. All used pyro pellets and powerbelt bullets 245 gr. We shot several rounds at 50, 100, 150, and 175 yards. All off a bench. I'm new with these weapons but at this point I'm sold on the powerbelts w/aero tip. Very good groups in two magnum guns with no drop out to 150 yards. 10 inches of drop from 150 to 175. This was with 100 grains of pyro pellets. One gun increased the load by 30 grains at 175yds and regained the 10 inches. Another magnum increased to 150 grains and gained 12 inches at the same 175 yds. This gun was a 45 cal shooting 225 grain powerbelts. Shot two other guns both were 1999 models cva. One eclipse and another a magbolt. Both shot good groups at 50 and 100 with very little effort. I don't know what the standard is but I've handloaded for a few years with centerfire rifles and know what to expect. Right now I'm really impressed with cva and their ammo. If I'm really whistling dixie someone let me know.

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I would keep shooting and trying different combos because it takes a new barrel several shots to "settle down".

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