I am thinking of adding a new CVA "Northwest" legal muzzleloader to my bag of tricks. This NW version is available in the Optima and the Accura. The only difference between the Northwest Edition and the "standard" versions, from what I have learned, is the breech plug and the firing pin. With parts (new breech plug and firing pin assembly) they can be converted to the "standard" Optima and Accura which fires 209 primers. I like that since I plan to use it for a "multi-state" muzzleloader.
The price of the Optima is considerably better than the Accura and it looks like a great muzzleloader for the money. Is it worth spending the extra money on the Accura or will the Optima work just fine. If you own an Optima are you happy with it?
Here are the differences as I understand it:
Trigger: Accura is adjustable, and the Optima is a set trigger, but reports I have read is both are excellent triggers. Is that true?
Barrel: Essentially the same barrel, but the Accura has more lapping and cleaning steps for improved accuracy. For Oregon (open sights), both are probably fine for accuracy, but what about in say NM where I can scope the muzzleloader?
Stock: Accura is supposed to have a better "feel", but it is a longer length of pull, so maybe a bit long for my wife?
Weight: Optima looks to be about 10 ounces lighter.
I have the original Accura and love it, but it can't be converted to an Oregon legal muzzleloader, so I will likely end up selling it.