I am new to muzzleloading, and looking for a rifle to get started. Like many, I am an avid rifleman, but haven't branched into the world of blackpowder. I'd like to expand my horizons and hunting opportunities with a modern inline rifle. I've mostly been interested in the CVA Optima (for low price) and the CVA Accura (for accurate Bergara barrel). But I find them to be a bit heavy and a little clunky. I handled a TC Strike today and I liked the way it handled...shouldered and pointed well...and it seemed to have great features. I found a great deal [about half price] on this rifle that may cause me to stray from CVA. Do any of you have any experience or knowledge on this rifle? I would like to use this gun mainly for hunting elk and mule deer in northern Utah (mostly dark timber terrain or a mix of conifer/deciduous forest with open meadows interspersed). Would the shorter 24" barrel be a hindrance for someone wanting to reach out 150-200 yards [or beyond]? The Optima I believe is 26" and Accura starts at 27". There doesn't seem to be much info out there on the Strike. Thanks.