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Hi guys- I won an Omega in a gun raffle and debating how I want to set it up. I've transitioned from a hawkins (25 years ago) to a black diamond (12 years ago). I was reluctant to make the switch from ff black powder in the black diamond as I am so accurate with the load I have in it.

With this omega I am thinking of trying some of the new products on the marke; Triple Seven, Black Mag3, and Goex Clear Shot, but I am a little out of touch with anything newer than pyrodex. Looking for reccomendations on new types of propellants and bullets.
 

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I'll take my Omega over any single shot rifle out to 250 yds any day. I use 100grs [2 pellets] of 777 50/50 pellets w 250 gr T/C Shockwaves or Hornady equivalent w outstanding results. I have it topped w a Redfield Tracker 3x9x40 scope and all but one deer dropped in its tracks. The other was a far shot and it only made it about 40 yds and dropped. The recoil is less than a 20 ga shotgun , allowing for total concentration on the shot with out worrying about recoil. The one and only thing I dont like is the synthetic stock is a bit "slippery" when wearing certain gloves and wish it could have integrated rubber into the stock like other models ,allowing for a better grip. Other than that minor issue, I swear by mine.
 

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The Omega is one Hell of a muzzle loader, with its 1:28 rate of twist you will find that it prefers a little heavier of a bullet, start out with bullets around 300gr, granted some guys do get good results with lighter bullets

Next thing to think about is pellets or lose powder, pellets are nice, however you can only tweak you load in 50gr increments as oppose to loose powder where you can adjust you powder amount for the best possible accuracy

If you go with pellets I would highly recommend Triple 7 over anything else, It is a very consistent reliable and accurate powder...With the 777 you will want to use a low charge muzzleloader primer

If you go with loose powder I would recommend Black Horn 209 This stuff is the cats ass, I get super accuracy, it is very reliable, not highly corrosive, and is not affected by humidity or dampness as much as other powders.... The other nice thing about BH209 is that you do not need to swab the barrel between shots, the bullet will load just as easy on the first shot as it will on the 50th shot...With 777 your only going to get about 3 or 4 shots before you'll need to clean the barrel

also with BH209 it takes a little hotter primer to ignite the powder, So you need to use #209 shotgun primers, not the #209 muzzy loader primers

you may hear bad things about BH209 not fireing or people having hang fires with it, only three things will cause this,

1 they were not using full strength #209 shotgun primers
2 pore breach plug design or dirty breach plug
3 bad or wet powder

some breach plug designs just dont allow enough fire from the primer to get to and ignite the main charge, infact some muzzleloader companies are now offering newly designed breach plugs do to the popularity of BH209, You will not have this problem with the Omega, it has the ideal breach plug design to work perfect with BH209

Here is a 100yd 5 shot group from my Omega, recipe for this is : 100 grains of 777 pellets, 300grain Hornady SST with the low drag sabot, and Federal Fusion muzzyloader primers





I have since found a better more accurate load out of my Omega, My current recipe is : 90 grains of Black Horn 209, 340grain Dead Center bullet made by Precision Rifle, and CCI #209 shotgun primer

Im getting better accuracy with this set up, gun is shooting sub MOA at 100yds, and shooting groups just over MOA at 200yds, sorry I dont have any pics of performance from this set up, but trust me it is deadly

The other great thing about BH209 is clean up, no soap and water, special cleaners, you use the same stuff that you clean regular centerfire rifles with, Hoppes #9, CLP, shooters choice etc
 

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I have the same gun topped with a Nikon 3x9x40. I use the the T/C 250 grain Shockwaves with two 50 grain pyrodex pellets. I've been using this set up since I bought it and it is deadly accurate. I know alot of guys have changed from pyrodex due to the corrosiveness but this gun is so easy to clean I have no problems.
 

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The other great thing about BH209 is clean up, no soap and water, special cleaners, you use the same stuff that you clean regular centerfire rifles with, Hoppes #9, CLP, shooters choice etc
BH 209 is the best stuff to use, hands down. I have shot Pyrodex, 777, Shockeys Gold, and Black Mag. Black Mag is out of business but it was really good.
 

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for glass on my Omega I have a Nikon Prostaff 3x9x40...for the money I dont think you will find a better piece of glass, I have several rifles topped with leupold vari X III's and I will say that the nikon glass is not far behind the vari x III's very clear crisp picture with good light transmission....I have hunted with it in all types of weather form very cold below 0 temps, rain,fog and snow...Also I have never had a problem with it holding zero even after a couple of hard knocks to the scope....It is one hell of a scope for the $200 price range

Only downside to the Omega is breach plug removal when you have a scope mounted on it, the breach plug tool that comes with it works fine with out a scope, but once you put a scope on it the tool is to short....What I do is use a 1/4" ratchet, small extension and a 7/16" socket to remove the breach plug works like a charm and can easily be carried in you possible bag
 

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Like most on here, 250gr shockwaves/2 777 pellets, but the primer makes a difference to, compare regular 209's to federal fusions or winchesters 777 primers and see how they work for your gun.
 

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As you can see there are many different combinations of powder and bullet. It is up to you to see which your gun likes. You may drop 2 Pyrodex Pellets in and a powerbelt on top and be satisfied by it's accuracy. Or... it may take you several trips to the range and several combinations to find what it likes. I have found the latter to be true. Don't give up accuracy for cleaning time. The Omega is a dead accurate gun if you find the right load. I have no problem shooting 150yds with mine.
 

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250 grain Shockwave SST's with 110 grains of Blackhorn out of the T/C Endeavor. This was straight out of the mouth of my good buddy Craig Cushman who works at T/C. I will say the combo did not dissapoint. They say since Black Horn burns much hotter and cleaner than black powder that 110 grains is equivelant to 150 grains of pyrodex
 

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I used to shoot triple 7 pellets when I first started with muzzy but I switched to Jim Shockey's Gold quite a few years ago and that's what I've shot ever since. I use the loose granular powder. I prefer powder to the pellets, maybe not as convenient but I like the fact that powder packs down tight and it is much easier to experiment with different charges when using powder.

For bullets, I've shot a lot of them and my favorite is a 290 gr. Barnes Spitfire T-EZ. Very accurate out of my gun but more importantly they perform very well on game.
 
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