Originally Posted by big country rnr
Can y'all give me some pros and cons on each gun. New to muzzleLoading.
Just give me your opinion.
Optima vs Wolf
26" fluted barrel vs 24" non-fluted
41" overall length vs. 39"
6.65 pounds vs. 6.25
Break action is different between the two
Supposedly longer barrels have higher velocity and better powder burn. Larger charges and a longer barrel means more room to burn powder down length of barrel. They can also be more accurate than shorter. Nothing of this is from my own mind and thinking, just what I read when doing the comparisons myself.
The fluted barrel probably doesn't do too much other than make it lighter weight than if it wasn't fluted.
The break action on the Optima, for me, felt better and more fluid. You could easily grip the stock with your hand and flip the barrel down as with the Wolf you had to move in front of the trigger guard to do the same action. I didn't think it made much difference until I started shooting and it was much easier to hold the gun on my leg and flip the breech open to remove the primer.
Clean up was easy. Even with having to remove the forearm I have about the same amount of time with cleaning this as I do my regular guns. Stainless doesn't show fingerprints like my blue guns and I like that.
I didn't notice the barrel length until I put it in my gun cabinet with my others. It is noticeably longer than my other guns but did not really notice it when shooting.
Shooting was a snap. The "easy load" barrel or whatever they call it was awesome. I could push the bullet down the barrel with my thumb so the nose was flush, even after 6 shots without cleaning. That was with the powerbelts. The sabot style rounds like the Shockwaves took a little bit more effort but not much.
So far with some wobbly bench rest shooting I tried the 295gr power belts that came with the cleaning kit and 100 grains of 777 pellets and it was alright. I was shooting dead on at 25' and 8" low at 50'. I switched over to a 200gr and 250gr T/C shockwave and was hitting dead on and to the left at 50'. I plan to experiment with the shockwaves from a real bench rest so I can get a better zero on the scope.
For the price difference I went ahead and got the Optima V2 with stainless barrel and black stock. BudsGunShop.com has the cheapest prices of ANYWHERE and they can ship the Optima to you directly in GA without a FFL transfer. I was able to get the local Cabelas to do somewhat of a price match to Bud's ($25 off) and a 5% military discount (~$20) so my before tax cost was identical to Bud's before taxes. Basically I paid $19 more to have it in my hands that day. Really $4 more after you get the $15 shipping insurance coverage Bud's offers. Send me a PM if you want to know how I did it.