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Anybody shoot the new cva optima? They have 2 models, a 26" barrel and
a 29" fluted barrel. What's the advantage of the 29" fluted barrel. I have
both 45 and 50 cal. Anybody hunting black bear with a 45 cal?
 

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Anybody shoot the new cva optima? They have 2 models, a 26" barrel and
a 29" fluted barrel. What's the advantage of the 29" fluted barrel. I have
both 45 and 50 cal. Anybody hunting black bear with a 45 cal?
To answer the question about the fluted barrel, I think they did that to provide a lighter, stronger, faster-cooling barrel than the heavy versions. Now obviously, with muzzle loading, you ain't gonna heat up the barrel too much less you're Superman, but the flutting is a little lighter than the stock hex barrels. Ya see, then it is a new "gotta have it" feature you can't live without!

Second question, would I hunt black bear with a 45 cal. muzzle loader? Are you hatchin' a death wish? I'd be packin' one hellacious .44 cal. handcannon as backup!

Jim
 
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