I was shopping at a local Gun dealer and he had a CVA V2 Optima SS for sale for $269 . I checked it over and said what the heck. I currently have a Traditions pursuit XL I believe. The traditions is a very accurate rifle. It is just lacking a finger removable breach plug and it has an awful tough trigger pull. Did not seem adjustable to me. At any rate, I took it to the range today and dirtied her up a bit. Three shots at 50 yds to make sure the one power scope was close and then went to the 100 yd bench. Shooting at a three in orange dot. I would look in the binos to see where the bullets were impacting. First one went in the bull, could not see the second or third. Could not see them anywhere else on the target. I buy poster board sheets from Wally world and put target dots on them for a decent target cheap. I had shot this target up yesterday with a thirty thirty and a Ar10 308. Neither of those produces .50 cal holes. At any rate after shooting three shots, I walked up to the target and swore all three were in one ragged hole in the bull's-eye. The holes were a little ragged. Ok, I'll go to two hundred and see how much drop there is. Didn't bother trying to see where the bullets impacted, just concentrated on good form. Upon retrieving the target, I was a little dismayed at the amount of drop and group size. 6-7" group 13" low. How can a .025 group at 100 turn into this at 200. I remember reading that Hornady XTP's tend to do this at ranges over 150 yds. Looking at the target a little closer, I spotted my third shot at 100 yds was actually at 3" from the other two in the same ragged hole. Shoot, deflation set in and that explained the group difference at 200. The other thing I noticed is the holes were different at 200 than 100. It appears the flex tip is being driven into the bullet and starting to open up in flight as i could see distinctive petal pattern. These were .430 flex tip 225 gr shot out of harvester crush rib sabots. I do not think this would be a good round for shooting a deer with the bullet opening up before impact. They are pistol bullets. There is a possibility I was starting the expansion by tapping them into the breach to hard ? Cant have that in a hunting setup. I think I will go back to the Speer 270 deep curl and see what happens. I was using two pellets of Triple 7 if interested. I have some BH209 but hate to use it up yet at over $60 for 10 ounces. Knew I should have bought those three bottles at Wally world for $15 each.