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PostSubject: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 3:21 pm

Didn't know which thread to stick this under, chose this one.

First, when I joined this site 4 years ago my knowledge of muzzleloaders was limited to knowing which end of the barrel the bullet came out of. (at least I was pretty sure about that!)

This site has primarily built most of my muzzleloading knowledge and I am grateful for that.

I now own a CVA "new model (V1)" Optima blackthumbhole (my first), an CVA Accura camo MR, a TC Encore ProHunter SML & am putting together a CVA Apex SML.

Been real busy the last year or so and haven't contributed much, but been reading & "lurking" and am coming slowly back now.

I have shot a couple of does previously with my Optima, but this year I finally knocked down a buck for my first "smoker buck".

We have an 8 point rule on the property I hunt, unfortunately when I shot this deer, 2 minutes before close on a very overcast day, his right ear covered up where his right side brow tine SHOULD have been, but wasn't, so he's a 7 pt.

Not my biggest, but very proud & happy.

Sorry the pictures aren't nice ones out in the woods, it was dark by the time I got to him and my camera and phone were back at the truck anyway, so these are next day pics on my tailgate.

About a 50 yard shot through both lungs, went about 75 yds. CVA Optima, (cheap ass) Konus scope, Barnes 245 gr Spitfire MZ, black crush rib harvester sabot, 100 gr BH209 & Fiocchi 616.

(BTW, I have a nice Zeiss Conquest sitting here for that gun, but that "cheap-ass" Konus scope combo has me shooting MOA to sub-MOA with it at 100 yds and I am afraid to change it out and screw up a good thing LOL!!)

Thanks for all the help this board has given me!! (Especially Jon, Carlos and Greg!)



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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 3:32 pm

congrats,

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 4:01 pm

Congrats on the buck.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 5:38 pm

Very nice deer.
seems like any deer with a muzzleloader is a trophy
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 6:24 pm

Congratulations on a very nice buck & a job well done. If I have been of any help to you then I am honored  & I'm sure that Jon & Carlos feel the same way. Remember that you did all the things that really matter here. As for your scope.....change it out! That Zeiss is much better & it's not the Konus shooting those groups.....it's you Smile

Congrats again on a really nice deer, Greg

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 7:12 pm

Congrats on a nice lookin buck!

You know what they say... If it ain't broke. Don't fix it!
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 7:23 pm

Not to switch gears here, but this picture shows why I am hesitant to change out the scope (I can generally do this all day long with the current set up):


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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 7:32 pm

I've had my 3-10x44 konuspro for going on 5 years now. I wouldnt trade it for anything. Im saving it right now for when I scope my m44 mosin.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 22nd 2014, 7:34 pm

Like the old saying if it's not broke, don't play with it.
 I would keep it the way it is with shooting like that, and have a heck of a back up if you did need it, or use it on another Muzzleloader for your back up.
Great buck also.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 6:15 am

cheers cheers

First antlers in any category is always sweet.  Congrats :rtup
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 6:27 am

Congrats!

Antler rules are supposed to be a method of improving the deer herd's genetics. The lack of a brow tine means this deer would not help the genetics of that herd. You helped the herd; you didn't hurt it by removing him from the gene pool.  :tup2

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 8:07 am

I figure all deer with a muzzleloader are trophies but when they have handles for dragging, it's even sweeter!  Congrats on the nice buck!

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 8:20 am

Great buck, Thunder!! Got a question for you. The 245 spitfire MZ bullets are boat tails.  Do you use the regular sabots or are you using crushribs for boat tails?

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 8:58 am

@Tony wrote:
Great buck, Thunder!! Got a question for you. The 245 spitfire MZ bullets are boat tails.  Do you use the regular sabots or are you using crushribs for boat tails?

Thanks.

Yes, the 245 Spitfire MZ is a boattail and I do use the Harvester yellow crush rib sabot that is made especially for the boattail bullet.

As it turns out, in both of my CVA's, the Optima and the Accura MR, the crush rib sabots shoot best, even when using the black, flat base one's when using other bullets.

My hunting partner/cousin uses a TC Encore ProHunter and he has also had his best results using the black crush ribs.

I guess it will all depend on the gun.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 5:15 pm

Very nice buck. And I would have to agree after looking at that target. If it ant broke don't monkey with it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 5:50 pm

Great buck! Congrats!
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 23rd 2014, 6:34 pm

That is a nice buck , and congrats, and like Dave said if is not broke don't fix it. It had been my pleasure to help you out in any way I can, also all the many others on this board you have thought my advice, it has been a pleasure and honor. Now go get one with that SML. Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: 1st muzzleloader buck   December 24th 2014, 8:06 am

Congratulations. Very nice buck. I wouldn't change a thing if your combo shoots like that !
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