Dockside Chat - I just bought a CVA Optima 209 Magnum. .50 Cal

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01-23-2011, 04:43 PM
How many grains of powder can I shoot?

01-23-2011, 05:25 PM
This thread isn't good without a picture of the rifle. :grin:

Does the instruction book give you any starting loads?

01-23-2011, 05:26 PM
I'll post pics later prob. I bought it at a gun show. No manual.

01-23-2011, 07:25 PM
PLEASE look up the manual before you fire it. It won't cost a thing and could save you ??????????

the good life
01-23-2011, 10:59 PM
This ( one always comes to mind when hearing about 50 calibers. Be careful out there.

Many years ago, a young boy was killed at a local outdoor range when his 22 rifle round bounced off of a rock!

01-24-2011, 04:27 AM
80-100 grains of powder is normal.

I use the pellets instead of loose powder, they are 50 grains each.

Main thing is to clean after every 2-3 shots and lube the barrel, I use bore butter for mine. They make a solvent to clean it with and this will break down the residue very easy

Just take breach plug out and clean everything, this will help prevent misfires or hang fires pretty much.

The 209 primers really are much better than the old caps we used to use years ago, more fire means almost never a misfire/no fire

Good luck

01-24-2011, 04:28 AM
PLEASE look up the manual before you fire it. It won't cost a thing and could save you ??????????

Not that complicated at all

01-24-2011, 05:11 AM

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01-24-2011, 06:50 AM
I have a 209 x 50 encore magnum muzzle loader. I can shoot up to 150 grains ( 3 pellets ). I don't shoot that much because I like my shoulder. I use 100 grains and that is plenty for deer.

01-24-2011, 07:08 AM
If you want to be a serious shooter and go for optimum accuracy, the key is to start at 90 grains of loose powder and shoot 3 to 5 shot groups, increasing your powder by 5 grains between shot groups. Take the average group size and when you find the smallest group, that should be the one you use for your powder charge. My gun likes 115 grains of Triple 7 FFG. If you shoot too much powder, it will not get fully ignited before leaving the barrel and you are wasting it plus your accuracy will suffer. I killed 1 deer this season at 251 yards and 2 at around 275 yards with my muzzleloader and none of them took a step. PS, shoot an all lead bullet that dissipates all its energy in the critter. The copper jacketed bullets are too hard to expand and just zip right through! Good luck!!

01-24-2011, 04:44 PM
Thanks guys.

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