Recommended First Muzzleloader

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If your looking for a lightweight one check out the Traditions Pursuit. I have one and it is super light. I have been real impressed with the Barnes T-EZ bullets as well.
I’ll 2nd the Traditions Pursuit…tack driver with the Barnes and Blackhorn…
 

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Thanks for all the replies guys, I appreciate it. I'm considering the Traditions pursuit at this point but I'm terrible at making decisions so it will probably be awhile before I decide. I might look around at local gun shops to see if I can hold one (and some of the other recommended MLs) before buying.
 

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I picked a CVA Optima many years ago and have not looked at anything else since but I do really like it. I can also recommend the Blackhorn powder with Barnes bullets and sabots conbination. I put a Leopold 2-7 on it and it's a tack driver.
 

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Muzzle-loader.com had CVA Optima V2s for the same price as the Wolf as of earlier this week. I have a TC Omega and an Optima. The Optima is lighter.
 

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I should mention that the Wolf is shorter (2 inches I think) and lighter than the Optima.
 

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I would call "tacks" a relative term with a ML. At 50 yards the holes typically touch and last time I tried 100 yards with it the groups were about 2.5 inches and I was happy with that for what it is.
 

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I wanna see someone actually drive a tack with one of these tack drivers.
I checked my book out of curiosity. This was a while ago but a 3 shot group with 250gr TEZ Barnes bullets, 105 grains of Blackhorn 209 and the black crushed rib sabots (I think that is what they were called, it was a long time ago ;-). I am happy enough with this at 50 yards for a .50 cal ML. I suspect time spent on various loads could result in better but it was good enough for me.
 

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I have a Traditionds Pursuit 2 XLT and a Pursuit. The XLT has a 28" barrel and is muzzle heavy. The Pursuit has a 26" barrel and seems much lighter - better balanced. The XLT shoots clover leafs at 50 yards with Barnes 250 gr. Spitfires. The Pursuit doesn't group worth a damn with any sabot / powder combo I've tried. Due to the limited availability of powder I'm using Pyrodex RS. Traditions headquarters is in Old Saybrook , Ct. about 40 minutes south of Hartford. They have factory seconds at very good prices in the show room.
 

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One of my hunting buddies has a TC Impact. He’s killed many deer with it, it shoots great with Blackhorn and shockwaves. Very reasonably priced and a good solid gun.
 

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One of my hunting buddies has a TC Impact. He’s killed many deer with it, it shoots great with Blackhorn and shockwaves. Very reasonably priced and a good solid gun.
Is anything from T/C even being produced anymore?
 

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Is anything from T/C even being produced anymore?
Not sure, but sure wish I still had that TC Renegade round baller. I had it perfectly seasoned, worked every time, and as easy to clean as a cast iron frying pan. Lots of fun to shoot, patched balls and 70 or 80 grains of loose Goex.
 

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I don’t think they’re making anything, I believe S&W stopped production and was trying to sell it off.
The muzzleloader heyday is long over and what’s left are low priced imports and a couple small higher end American companies.
 

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They aren’t making anything
 

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Found a pic of my CVA MR. Although I normally like wood stocks, those black rubber grips on the gun are actually warm when you hold them. Almost like they are heated!
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Found a pic of my CVA MR. Although I normally like wood stocks, those black rubber grips on the gun are actually warm when you hold them. Almost like they are heated!
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I think the Optima V2 is the closest they offer (without one of those dumb telescoping stocks). It has a 1inch longer barrel. I think it weighs a little over 6.5lbs which isn't terrible. I carried a Marlin Glenfield .30-30 with a scope all rifle season and that thing has to be >8lbs. It wasn't that bad, so maybe the weight thing isn't that big of an issue. I just need to man up!
 




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