Originally Posted by Aldon
As for cleaning, I am considering buying the aftermarket breech plug that allows one to use the 25 acp brass and pistol primer rather than 209.
Supposedly makes the fouling tremendously less.
If anyone can confirm that it would be appreciated.
It will reduce the blow back fouling tremendously if not completely eliminate it and I have heard people say that it will eliminate the ring of hard fouling at the chamber end of the barrel that is left by the black powder substitutes but this has not been the case in my Encore with loose 777. I think the biggest benefit to the .25 acp system was increased accuracy over the standard 209 shotgun primer. Now that there are muzzle loader specific 209 primers on the market the difference is less pronounced, all else being equal they make around a .3 difference in my average group size at 100 yards. My gun with it's preferred load will average under 1.5" for 3 shots with either one if I use CCI 400 primers. In my case the .25 auto case saves me a complete dis-assembly of the Encore action to clean the blow back fouling out of it.
To the OP, I have had excellent accuracy with both TC and CVA guns over the years with several different models of both brands, I prefer the TC guns for consistency. I have had a couple of CVA guns that wouldn't shoot anything worth a hoot.
As far as cleaning, it is a nasty endeavor with any of them, if that's a problem go with one of the smokeless guns.