Our team here at Sportsman’s News has been shooting the CVA brand of muzzleloaders for nearly five years now. We shoot them exclusively for all of our muzzleloader hunts because they are dependable and extremely accurate. The new CVA Optima V2 is a new edition to the line and it is no exception.

The Optima V2 has kept some of the best features from its old version, but has really been totally redesigned, upgrading to newer technology where improvements could be made. Some of the features found on this mid-priced muzzleloader can only be rivaled on competitors’ most expensive models. This new rifle is loaded with features and benefits. It is equipped with the new QRBP (Quick Release Breech Plug) which can truly be removed , even after multiple shots, without the use of a breech plug tool. It comes with a 26” fluted barrel that is real 416 grade stainless steel. Unlike a painted-on finish that only protects the outside of your barrel, stainless steel will resist corrosion on the inside as well as the outside. It comes in either a standard or a thumbhole stock and is 100% ambidextrous.

The standard stock version is suitable for either open sights or scopes, and is available either with open fiber optic sights or a DuraSight Scope Mount as standard equipment. The comb height on the thumbhole stock, however, is optimized to allow perfect alignment for a scope, and for this reason these models come only with the DuraSight® DEAD-ON™ one-piece scope mount. Stocks come in either black or RealTree Xtra Green camo. It has a reversible hammer spur which allows you to capitalize on that ambidextrous stock and you can easily pull the hammer back with a mounted scope. The Optima V2 features the same trigger-guard actuated breeching lever, internal parts and the “neutral center-of-gravity” trigger design which has been used on CVA’s more expensive rifles. This trigger is extremely crisp and precise with virtually no creep.

Top it off with a CrushZone® recoil pad and CVA’s new PalmSaver all-aluminum ramrod and you have a muzzleloader that is the best value on the market for a mid-level price. During our testing period, we were consistently able to shoot sub one inch groups at 100 yards, with 100 and 150 grains of 777 Pyrodex Pellets and 295 grain Powerbelt Aerotip bullets. At less than $250 dollars, and with accuracy of this quality, you can’t go wrong with a new CVA Optima V2 rifle for your next muzzleloader hunt.