I shoot a Traditions Buckstalker and a TC Omega. The Traditions cost me $150 and the TC $224 on sale, normally $350, both new. I'm not a CVA fan at all but you can't go wrong with these IMO. PowerBelts do NOT shoot the same in all MLs. They only grouped 3-4" @ 100 yards in mine. I'm now using Hornady's 250 gr. SST-ML High Speed - Low Drag sabots and get 1" groups. For a beginner I'd say go with the Traditions. Any TC is worth the price, the advantage of the Pro Hunter is you can swap out the barrels. As far as propellant I shoot 2 50 gr. 777 pellets and both have a 3-9X40 scope. Hope this helps.