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PostSubject: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   July 29th 2014, 4:49 pm

With Goex black powder finally offered at a local store, I really wanted a dedicated inline shooting real black powder and so the CVA Optima NorthWest fit this category perfectly. After having owned two Optima 209 primers, I opted for Camo & Stainless steel this time around.

The way the rifle sits, it tips the scales at 6lbs 10.5oz and has an overall length of  41- 1/4"

This is my first Optima that I've owned that has the trigger guard acting as the opening lever. Just like the CVA Accura V2 which is a great set up and will not get caught up on your jacket and accidentally open your rifle on a hunt.

Open sights are Durasight fiber optic set up and are fully adjustable. Fiber optics are the Green rear sight and Orange front sight set up.


Solid aluminum ramrod with optional Palm Saver attachment has worked great so far with the Powerbelts and is nice for one to not have a ramrod leave a red mark on the palm of your hand. No more pain, especially when loading sabots!


The barrel is 26" and 416 stainless steel. The bore is beautifully machined on this one and is MIRROR bright. I actually did 50 strokes of Remington 40x bore cleaner just to knock down any burrs if there were any.


Realtree Xtra Green camo finish on the stock and forearm is a beautiful pattern and blends in very well in my surroundings. It does not have a bright shiny clear coat on it so that's a bonus. Attached to the butt end of the rifle is a Crush Zone recoil pad to help tame those healthy magnum loads.




The trigger pull on this Optima NorthWest is simply awesome. NO creep or grit. I estimate the trigger to be under 2.5lbs easily. I do not have a trigger scale on hand to measure it exactly so this is just my opinion on what the weight is. It really is light and crisp. I've yet to find a trigger this nice on a center fire made to this day.

The NorthWest Optima is drilled and tapped for the use of a scope as well. Also pictured is a fairly decent picture of the breech plug. It is ported at an angle so the gasses from the breech will blow out and away from the shooter. Also wear eye protection regardless!


The Quick Release Breech Plug with Musket cap ignition set up is very clean in machining and will get the job done. Soak in hot soapy water and use Angled brushes to clean fouling away after you are finished shooting at the end of the day.



The first time out with 100 grains Goex 2f black powder and the 295 grain Powerbelt Hollow Point Copper Series, I was very happy with the results! I did not swab the bore clean at all but I do feel that when I am out at 100 yards, I will be swabbing between shots for best accuracy.

Shots 3-4 are the groupers, the rest was me taking a shot and then making adjustments to get to close to center and then dialed in 3" high at 50 yards which should put me close to dead on at 100 yards with this load.




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PostSubject: Re: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   July 29th 2014, 5:31 pm

It seems to have the same features as my Optima pistol.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   August 6th 2014, 3:37 pm

I wonder how many shots these breech plugs are good for, seeing as the musket cap nipple is machined into it scratch .  100 shots then replace?  200?  

Can musket/#11 nipples be easily added to the existing CVA 209 ignition breech plugs found on the regular Optima, and Accura?
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   August 6th 2014, 4:58 pm

no, that would take some doing IMO as the nipple sits out much further. Im not sure how many shots but due to that nice big firing pin, i think it will last a lot longer than 200 shots due to it not having the massive amount of pressure hitting it like the sidelocks do.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   August 30th 2014, 6:28 pm

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   August 30th 2014, 6:29 pm

Can you shoot number 11 percussion caps with this gun? RWS musket caps are nowhere to be found in my part of the country.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Optima NorthWest REVIEW   August 30th 2014, 8:08 pm

No, its musket cap only. Call ed's gun shop, they are $11.99 + $6 shipping, Carlos should still have a ton of them in stock.
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