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Thread: My New To Me CVA Mountain Rifle

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    My New To Me CVA Mountain Rifle

    Picked this up a couple weeks ago, dirt cheap.
    32" 50 Cal. Slow twist
    Cleaned it up, had lots of surface rust, installed new Nipple.
    Bore is Excellent.
    Will take it out Tuesday, hope it shoots.

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    Looks like a great shooter. Have fun!
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    Looks like an early one with the hexagon ram rod sleeves and four screw patch box, nice looking Mountain Rifle you got there.

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    Best gun CVA ever sold. Great shooters. Triggers can be a little temperamental. They were inlet too deep. Just shim it out a little.
    Aim small, miss small!

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    Had one years ago, it was a good shooter. I got a few accessories that are left over from the day, short starter and synthetic ram rod etc to use at the range. It will be enjoyable to shoot, so enjoy!
    West of Beaver Dick's Ferry.

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    I use those CVA sidekicks at a boy's & girl's camp. I know one has more than 6,000 rounds through it. Over the years, they have been dropped, banged around, & ram rods broken. They just keep on running and other than a dry ball every 5 or 6 years, they just work. Have fun with yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 725 View Post
    I use those CVA sidekicks at a boy's & girl's camp. I know one has more than 6,000 rounds through it. Over the years, they have been dropped, banged around, & ram rods broken. They just keep on running and other than a dry ball every 5 or 6 years, they just work. Have fun with yours.
    a 32 cal dry ball is my worst muzzloading nightmare. I've done it more than once, but not more than twice. I'm still working of the penance for the string of cussing from the 2nd time. I actually had to melt the round ball out of the barrel the 2nd time. Still shoots great though.

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    I've got its "poor" brother... what was just called the CVA Hawken in .50 cal. I think that became the St. Louis Hawken. Sure looks the same. Got mine as a kit and put it together. Some parts weren't really that good but it went together, looks okay and shoots quite well. Mine has the slow round ball twist too. I found that Maxi's didn't work in mine at all... well, they went boom but accuracy was pretty much non-existent. It does well with patched round ball though.

    I always liked the CVA mountain rifle better. Yours looks nice. It should do well with a patched ball.

    CVA used to make a not bad traditional muzzleloader in my opinion. Now all they make are inlines. Not for me. I like the traditional looks even if they are generic guns.

    I hope you enjoy yours!

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    MADE IN USA, SPAIN, or just S/N on left side of barrel? Early model four screw patch box, should be a shooter. I have had a rock lock with a Spain barrel sitting for years, maybe some day.

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    I had one similar to yours it shot great with 3fffg black powder, 50 grains for target shooting, 85gr for hunting.

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    Say's
    MADE IN USA
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    Early ones, like this, had a Douglas barrel with a 1"66 twist.
    It should shoot a treat with patched ball

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    I have one with the hexagon ram rod thimbles but no barrel marking. I like it.

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    I have one purchased in 1976. Marked USA, always been a shooter, patched round ball .490 was best load. Was my ML deer rifle for many years. There has been a lot of discussion if these were Douglas barrels. A lot of posts on the Muzzleloading Fourm on this topic. Hylander you have a nice rifle, enjoy it.

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    Well,
    First trip out and only got off one shot.
    The Sear spring broke
    Last edited by hylander; 02-06-2020 at 12:55 AM.
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    Damn!
    There are parts out there.
    Failing that one can be made

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    Quote Originally Posted by hylander View Post
    Well,
    First rip out and only got off one shot.
    The Sear spring broke
    Deer Creek Products may have what you need: http://www.deercreekproducts.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFJ View Post
    I have one purchased in 1976. Marked USA, always been a shooter, patched round ball .490 was best load. Was my ML deer rifle for many years. There has been a lot of discussion if these were Douglas barrels. A lot of posts on the Muzzleloading Fourm on this topic. Hylander you have a nice rifle, enjoy it.
    i have (and have had) several CVA rifles from the 1987 run - all good shooters - spanish branded barrels - if the douglas tube is more accurate it would take a superb rifleman to pick the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maven View Post
    Deer Creek Products may have what you need: http://www.deercreekproducts.net
    Yep, Already ordered two
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    what kind of breech plug in that CVA MR - patent or flat faced?
    "Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician." - Jeff Cooper

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