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Jason T 06-29-2008 06:44 PM

any advice?
Hello, i am new to this site and to muzzle loading. just bought a new CVA OPTIMA. anyone out there have one? anyone have any advice on how to find out what powder/bullet combination is right for my gun without spending a lot of money? going to be using it for hunting deer (with my sisters father-in-law) in south eastern ohio. also, is it worth the money to go out and buy the fancy scent blocking clothes or are the sprays just as effective? will b hunting from a tree stand.

Southern Man 06-29-2008 07:00 PM

I personally don't have any of those scent blocking clothes. Alot of people do. I use an autumn blend spray over clean clothes and keep as clean as possible. I don't think I have any problems...but who knows.

Jason T 06-29-2008 07:29 PM

is there any brand of spray that you would reccomend? any to stay away from?

ronn 06-29-2008 07:40 PM

Jason, you're going to responses ranging across the board. I use and trust the scent blocking type clothes and the sprays I use are unscented. I don't use that earth scent, mud scent, leaf scent. I use scent killer not scent changer. I feel that if it has any kind of scent and it wasn't there all along it could put a deer on alert. They say a deer can smell the difference in an apple from a tree they see everyday and an apple that comes from somewhere else. That's how good their noses are. As for your gun I'm not familiar with that gun but the pellets and the recommended weight bullet is your best bet.

ronn 06-29-2008 07:40 PM

oh and welcome

Jason T 06-29-2008 10:23 PM

thank you. i figured i would get a lot of different responses. but i also figured that those responses would be better than that of someone just trying to make a sale

East Texas Droptine 06-29-2008 10:31 PM

I would go with the scent clothing vs. spray........and i also agree to get the unscented vs. the scented sprays

Hunting Man 06-29-2008 10:38 PM

Hi, agree unscented sprays. I also crush fresh pine neddles and rub on my clothes while in my stand. Of couse there is pine where I hunt. Can't help on your specfic muzzleloader question. I don't know much at all on scent clothing. I do use hunter's hair & body washes and believe in steam saunas while hunting.

joel the signman 06-30-2008 04:47 PM

Welcome to the site.I use scent killer spray on my boots and scent free cloths some times.being in the tree is gonna help with scent disperal anyway.becareful what you touch with your hands is more important.I dont have an optima but a cva wolf and i like to use 2 50 grain pryodex pellets and a 145 powerbelt bullet with the green base .the best best is buy a few different sizes and get out to the range.start out close 25 yrds and work your distance.keep us posted:thumbup:Welcome to the site.

hoodlum38261 07-02-2008 08:55 PM

Hi, I own a CVA Optima Wolf. I use the 777 pellets. I was so impressed with it that I purchased one for my dad for his birthday back in march. After taking it out to practice he loves it too.

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