I have a new Optima V2 also. I should have my Blackhorn 209 (Loose Powder) Breach Plug for it Friday.
I have pretty much settled on the Harvester Black 50/45 Sabots for 300 grain and under .45 bullets.
I am planning on using Hornady .45 caliber 250 grain XTP's to deer hunt with.
I have been shooting up some Hornady 230 grain XTP's so far working with it.
So far I have tryed the T7 50/50 Pellets, Pyrodex 50/50 Pellets, Loose T7 in FFg, and Blackhorn 209 powders. I have some WhiteHot Pellets that I have not tryed out so far.
For Clean Burning WhiteHots and Blue MZ Pellets, and Blackhorn 209 powder seems to be the best options.
The T7 powder and Pellets are cheaper, just dirtier, requiring more cleaning. If you are planning on working up your load from a Clean Bore, cleaning after every shot may not be a big deal to you.
I discovered Thompson Center T17 Bore Cleaner. It really works to cut the carbon fouling.
I swapped out scopes today. I put my old Burris 2-7 back on my 6 BullBerry Imp Super 14 barrel. I put a new more compact Burris 2-7 on the Optima V2. I was going to get another MatchDot II Red Dot for it, but decided I do not have enough time to get one ordered and up and running before Deer Season starts on 12 November. If I decide I can see the crosshairs ok I may hunt with the Optima all day. If I cannot pick out the crosshairs in low light, I may use my 35 Bullberry Contender with MatchDot II of an evening.
I have the Blackhorn 209 Powder Tubes ( 6 Pak ). So loose Blackhorn 209 in tubes or WhiteHot or Blue MZ pellets all are about equally easy to use in the field.
I really like the Optima V2.
Edited by Bob Roach (11/03/16 12:53 AM)
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