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I have a new CVA Kodiak Pro in .45 cal.
It came with a Barska Huntmater 3-9X40 scope and DURASIGHT Quick-Detach Scope Mount system.
Question #1- Is this a decent scope and mount system for muzzleloader hunting?
Questions #2- Does anyone know if this is a DURABLE set of rings and bases?
Question #3- If I were to look at buying any of the new "muzzleloader-specific" scopes out there, ie The Omega...how would the fact that my gun is a .45 cal. and those are based on .50 cal ballistics come into play when sighting it in?
 
Thanks to everyone who talk a minute or two to answer.  I greatly appreciate any and all help.
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Can the barska ... I know of only two that have tried the durasight - one good experience and one bad ( on a 12 ga slug gun )

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Sorry but you probably wont like what I have to say.  I'll make it as painless as possible. The 45 cal muskets are a huge pain in the butt compared to a 50. One reason is everything is made for the 50. With a 45 cal it can be tough to find good sabbots out of season. Then there is the issue of powder charge and you will have a more difficult time finding the right pellets than a 50 cal would so you will use loose powder which is not all that bad. Since you need to run a wet patch then a dry patch down the bore after each shot you will have the problem that the TC pre wet patches are sized for ar 50 and wont fit in a 45. Get a jar put some 30 cal rifle patches in the jar with lid and pour some blackpowder solvent onto the patches problem solved.  I will be perfectly honest about the scope the sooner you part ways with the barsks the happier you will be, same for the super duper rings you got .  What you want is Warne steel rings and base.  As for scopes I would recommend against the ones with a balistic reticle as the balistic reticle only works at the highest power and you know you will have less bullet drop with a 45 than a 50 does. Instead do this sight in a Duplex scope zeroed at 100 then shoot it at a 200 yd target and note that the strike of the sabbot will be about 8 inches low so now you know that out to 100 you can hold dead on and after that you better hold 2  above the back at 150 and hold 4 or 5 inches over the back at 200.  Think this through if the bullet drops 8 inches at 200 you do not hold 8 inches over or all you do is trim the hairs on the top of the back.  Check your load on paper to see for sure but these should be close with a full power load. Note that most people find they get best accuracy with less than a full power load and most guys shooting round ball and mini ball  are using about 80  grains of  tripple 7.  I have one gun that will shoot great at 120 grains and throws them everywhere with 150 grains of powder. 
As for scopes the best value really nice scope is a 3-9x40 Bushnell 4200 at about $250. Looking for less than that here is my pick:
SI39X40MD Sightron%203-9x40%20SI%20Riflescope%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20 Sightron 3-9x40 SI Riflescope
  • Matte
  • Mil-Dot
  • 1"
SWFA: $119.95
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the advantage of this scope is you can buy a mil dot master and practice useing it to determine range, secondly you can use the dots as know hold over marks at the highest power just like a balistic reticle. 
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