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Muzzleloader Hunting / Re: Muzzy bullets
« on: December 01, 2015, 01:03:48 PM »
I'm using Barnes 290 grain TEZ bullets. I like them but haven't shot any animals with them yet. But being Barnes bullets I'd expect excellent performance, just like I've had with Barnes bullets out of my regular rifles. I wouldn't use Powerbelts on elk.

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Muzzleloader Hunting / Re: CVA Optima Northwest
« on: April 13, 2015, 07:40:04 PM »
I'll be shooting it soon and I'll let you all know how it does. I haven't heard of any issues with the new CVA's.

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Muzzleloader Hunting / Re: CVA Optima Northwest
« on: April 13, 2015, 11:07:25 AM »
I don't have an issue with the CVA's being made in Spain. From the research I've done, the quality is there. However, like I said, what really sold me on the CVA is the simplicity in disassembly and cleaning. It's always a hassle having to tear down a muzzleloader at the end of the day and clean it. I love the way this CVA works- you simply break it open, and unscrew the breech plug with your fingers. From that point on, its really not much different than cleaning a standard centerfire rifle.

Here's some good information on the Optima:

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/08/29/gun-review-cva-optima-v2-muzzleloader/

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General Discussion / Re: Help a new reloader out
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:40:10 PM »
Thanks for all that info Bobcat! Without a chronograph, how do you know the muzzle velocity? Is that listed out in the manual?

Yes, velocity is listed in tall the books. It won't be exactly what you get with your rifle, but close enough. Velocity is not really worth worrying about. 100 fps either way doesn't make any practical difference in real life. I used to worry about getting an extra 25 or 50 feet per second, but now I know it's noting to be concerned about. I still always load for top velocities. But you really don't need a chronograph.

I do agree, it's a great tool to have for working up loads. If you can afford it, get one. One thing they are very useful for is knowing when you're most likely over pressure. If you're getting more velocity than what the book says you should, you're most likely looking at unsafe pressures. That's how you get the extra velocity, is with the extra pressure.

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I drew deer and I put in for the point option on elk. Will have 6 elk points next year, so I'm hoping to draw then.

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Muzzleloader Hunting / CVA Optima Northwest
« on: April 08, 2015, 09:17:47 AM »
Does anyone have this muzzleloader? I just bought one, I should have it by the end of the week. What I really like about it is that the breech plug is removable without the use of any tools. It's a break open action, so you just open it and unscrew the breech plug with your fingers.

I'm hoping this will be a more reliable muzzleloader than the sidelock I've been using. I missed two deer this year due to misfires and hangfires. I'll be hunting deer with it for sure, and elk I'm undecided.

I will probably wait until August to decide if I want to go archery or muzzleloader. Which means I will only be able to apply for the point option this year, but that's okay, Toutle is about the only option and I'm not interested in hunting hoof rot elk.

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Guns, Ammo and Reloading / Re: Barnes Bullets on sale!!!
« on: April 08, 2015, 09:04:10 AM »
Thanks! I'll send that link to my brother, I think he was looking for some Barnes bullets. Actually I may pick up some for my 223 WSSM.  :tup:

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General Discussion / Re: Help a new reloader out
« on: April 08, 2015, 08:57:56 AM »
I use both Winchester and Remington brass, and I don't worry about what the recipe in the book calls for. The important thing is to always start 5 to 10% below what the book lists as the max charge, and work your way up. I usually go in 1/2 grain increments with cartridges in the 270/30-06 class.

I've never owned a chronograph so I just try to get close to the max charge listed in the book, as long as I'm still getting good accuracy. I'll take tight groups over an extra 50 feet per second any day, so I'm not afraid to stop a couple grains below max if that's where I'm getting my best groups.

Luckily my rifles have always shot best at max powder charges, or sometimes even a half grain or so above max. Reloading manuals are fairly conservative nowadays so you should almost always be able to load right up to the max charge listed, as long as you are using the exact same bullet in that recipe. The shape and style of the bullet matters, not just the weight.

When working up a load I try to find the powder charge my rifle likes best, and after that I'll try adjusting the seating depth of the bullet to see if I can tighten up the groups even more. Make sure you shoot at longer distances too. A good group at 100 yards doesn't necessarily mean it will be good at 200 or 300.

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Photography / Re: 2015 Ore Britt trial. Madras, Ore.
« on: April 08, 2015, 08:32:41 AM »
Awesome photos, thanks for sharing!

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General Discussion / Oregon Results
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:40:46 PM »
I just saw on ifish that Oregon results are just now beginning to show up.

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Deer Hunting / Re: Montana 2013 (Dirty Dozen)
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:45:39 AM »
Nice bulls! Does the point system help much with drawing an elk tag?

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General Discussion / Re: Washington Permit Draws
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:47:01 PM »
Yes, Oregon's came out after hours, but their results page was never shut down. I have a feeling they shut it off for the night so they can finish the draw tomorrow. Oh well, it's better than having to wait till Friday.

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General Discussion / Re: Washington Permit Draws
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:14:56 PM »
It's not looking good for today, that's for sure.

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General Discussion / Re: Washington Permit Draws
« on: June 17, 2013, 04:53:49 PM »
I can't even get to the license sales site. I go to the WDFW site and click on the online license sales link, and all I get is "Internet Explorer cannot display the web page."

Same thing happens when I go to the WDFW permits page and click "check your special permit drawing results."

Weird...I just closed internet explorer, reopened it, signed onto both the front and backdoors.  Nothing has changed, draw not run yet.  Points used for any ram sheep hasn't been updated yet.

Could your computer be opening an old version of the page? Like out of the cache or whatever it's called.

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General Discussion / Re: Washington Permit Draws
« on: June 17, 2013, 04:40:54 PM »
I can't even get to the license sales site. I go to the WDFW site and click on the online license sales link, and all I get is "Internet Explorer cannot display the web page."

Same thing happens when I go to the WDFW permits page and click "check your special permit drawing results."

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