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  • Fatboyz's Avatar
    06-28-2022, 07:51 PM
    Thanks for all the helpful Intelligent replies! I haven't much to do with CVA rifles but the few I have dealt with had "issues" of some sort. My daughter is picking up some .570 round balls from the fella from the Alberta Muzzleloader association...
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    06-26-2022, 10:50 AM
    As I said earlier. THis wasn't my rifle. My dad shot it once 25 years or so ago, and it has sat in the cabinet since. He passed away a month ago and I brought it home. A barrel stamped 54, your thoughts are it's a 54, try some thick patching, and...
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    06-25-2022, 03:19 PM
    Sounds like a good plan while I'm waiting for round balls. Next time I'm up in Edm. I'm going to visit the fella who bought out Hillfolk Musket supplies. He has a bunch of molds and shoots a lot of 58 cal himself. Maybe I'll be lucky and find some...
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    06-25-2022, 09:22 AM
    I recently acquired a 44-40 win model 92. I was lucky enough to find a fellow with 200 new Starline brass and Lee dies. Was a great find!
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    06-25-2022, 08:57 AM
    My dad did such a nice job building this one! I remember him putting the barrel in the oven to warm it up before he did the plumb browning. I think I was maybe 14 so that would put it at about 1979-1980 ish. This rifle really deserves to be shot and...
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    06-25-2022, 07:44 AM
    I have some .570 round balls on their way. I agree on wanting to get a deer with it. We don't have hogs here in Alberta but I can get 2 mule Deer doe tags over on the prairie side of the province. And if I got one with this rifle and one with my...
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    06-24-2022, 07:44 PM
    I talked to the fella from the Alberta Black Powder shooters as he bought out Hillfolk musket supplies. He lives in Edmonton and has 58 cal round balls. I'm going to get my daughter to stop over and pick some up and bring them down next time she...
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    06-24-2022, 04:40 PM
    Had a chat with a couple folks from Hillfolk Musket supplies and the Alberta Black powder Shooters Association. One has a CVA Mountain rifle in 58 cal (Which I have figured out this is a Mountain Rifle as it has 2 Barrel Wedge's as opposed to the...
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    06-23-2022, 11:07 PM
    No chance. My dad bought this kit maybe about 45 years ago, he only shot it once with me since then and that was 25 ish years ago. He’s had it since he built it.
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    06-23-2022, 11:04 PM
    We have a little local gun shop that has a pretty ok supply of muzzleloader supplies (as good as expected these days) will give them a call and see if he might have some 58 cal round balls.
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    06-23-2022, 10:11 PM
    What's the possibility that this is a 58 cal barrel they stamped wrongly as a 54? A .562 round ball for a 58 cal sounds like it might be the ticket?
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    06-23-2022, 09:57 PM
    I'm unsure of twist. My TC is 1:48 and it really shoots sabots with a 265 GR 44 pistol bullet great. I live in Alberta and we have a cast bullet maker Jet bullets (https://jetbullets.com/) he makes a soft cast bullet for the 577 snider that is 425...
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    06-23-2022, 09:37 PM
    I've heard that about blue jeans, got a few pairs of old "fat pants", maybe the bigger the waist size the thicker the material! lol. Just slugged the barrel with a squished REAL bullet, worked really slick! Groove to Groove is .590, and land to...
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    06-23-2022, 07:58 PM
    Will be looking for some type of thick cotton material to try before I get too carried away with new molds etc.
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    06-23-2022, 07:57 PM
    Some good things to try before I order custom molds from England. need to find a brass rod now and maybe If I flatten a lee REAl 54 bullet a bit to make it bigger I can use that for my slug.
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    06-23-2022, 07:41 PM
    8 grooves. Might have to slug the barrel. Never done it before though.
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    06-23-2022, 07:12 PM
    Just remeasured the barrel with a digital caliper as far into the muzzle, about .75cm. Diameter Land to Land was .557", and Groove to Groove was .581". Again checked the stamping on the barrel and its marked 54 caliber?
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    06-23-2022, 09:28 AM
    That was my thoughts as well. Bigger ball and patch to match. The other thing is I have shot Sabots out of my TC with great success. I have 54 Caliber Sabots for a 44 bullet. They are a nice snug fit in my TC but the Sabot and bullet is "sloppy" in...
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    06-23-2022, 09:25 AM
    Nope, my dad had it since new as a kit. It's only been fired 4-5 times since he built it. Will re measure it.
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    06-22-2022, 11:40 PM
    Hi All, I have been shooting muzzleloaders for over 30 years, mostly TC hawkens and Traditions Great Plains rifle. About 45 years ago my dad bought a CVA 54 caliber Hawken. He bought it as a kit mostly for the fun of the build. He brought it out to...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
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