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Posted: 11/19/2008 11:22:48 AM EDT
Well modern gun season ended in my county on Monday and I didn't fill my tag so I'm already looking forward to muzzleloader season in December. I have never owned one so need some suggestions on what to look for in a new smoke pole. I prefer stainless with a synthetic stock and would like to keep it well under $300 and around $200 would be better. What say the experts??
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 11:25:11 AM EDT
In that price range you might think about the CVA Optima or Kodiac. Both are nice mid priced BP rifles
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 11:40:19 AM EDT
I would agree, I have owned a CVA Optima for a couple of years. It is easy to clean (for a muzzleloader) and shoots pretty consistent.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 11:42:21 AM EDT
Check your local craigslist or put up a wanted ad. I got a ton of hits on my wanted ad, and ended up with a steal on a well-cared for Knight.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 11:52:12 AM EDT
I have an Optima. I use 100 Grain worth of 777 pellets. It shoots nice and easy and is a snap to clean. I don't want to shoot a mag load with it. I've found I've never needed to either. It has more power than my 45-70 using Trail Boss.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 3:49:53 PM EDT
or a cva wolf kit. i paid 129.00 a couple of years ago.. use the powerbullets they do nice damage on deer for sure..
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 5:20:02 PM EDT
for that price you can find a new or used Knight or T/C inline. Both are quality gun makers.

I have several.
Link Posted: 11/20/2008 4:43:45 AM EDT
Rem. Genesis was on clearance at Cabela's in your price range.
Link Posted: 11/20/2008 4:49:12 AM EDT
I use a Thompson/ Center .50 Cal White Mountain Carbine for 90% of my deer hunting- most shots are under 50yrds and this a great gun for this. It is light, short barreled, good sights.... I use 75 gr powder and a 45cal sabot. Recoli is light with this load and unless you take bad shots, the deer drop in 20-30 yrds of the shot. Saw one at the pawn shop that I almost got the other day. they wanted $150 for it.
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