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Old 08-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default CVA 50 cal Mountain percussion

Recently found this percussion 50 cal CVA Mountain at a Pawn Shop. Could not resist. I have never fired one and as still needing to purchase all the goodies that are required for loading and cleaning as it only came with the ramrod. According to the only Internet source I found, they are very rare (only 500 made and very accurate). It has the 1:66 twist octogon barrel. Can I shoot any other "bullets" other than round ball?

Anyone had any experience with this gun? Anyone know of the year these were made? Nothing on the gun except the serial number, etc. The barrel is 32 inches and the total length is 48 inches. Makes me feel like Davy Crockett!

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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Great round ball gun! I have an old CVA .45 Kentucky with a 1:66 twist. Still out shoots my much newer and much more expensive Hawken. I think the wife paid $60 for the kit new and gave it to me for our first Christmas.
I would start with a .490 round ball patched in pillow ticking lubed with bore butter in front of 75 grains of FF. I have never found anything that could compare to a round ball for mine (and I have tried lots over the 30 odd years).

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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Great round ball gun! I have an old CVA .45 Kentucky with a 1:66 twist. Still out shoots my much newer and much more expensive Hawken. I think the wife paid $60 for the kit new and gave it to me for our first Christmas.
I would start with a .490 round ball patched in pillow ticking lubed with bore butter in front of 75 grains of FF. I have never found anything that could compare to a round ball for mine (and I have tried lots over the 30 odd years).
That ^^^ I would add the patch should be .015 thick and ff is fine but I would recommend fff and starting @ 50 grains and working up.
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Agree round balls, my CVA is accurate as it gets with them

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Picture please!

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Finally foundout how to do this. Hope it works

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I don't know how rare they are... but THIS is my non-kit CVA Mountain Rifle. It is a later "Made in Spain" gun sans the patchbox. In the Hawken vein, this .50 (my go-to BP rifle caliber) 33" blue barrel is 5" longer than my Thompson/Center's and has a LOP of 14". A highly stylized arm -- dark wood and contrasting Aluminum Pewter/German Silver furniture as well as Rocky Mountain front sight blade. The caplock and even wedges are case-hardened.

If yours is a Mountain Rifle too, the locks have a reputation for a soft mainspring that needs to be replaced eventually but otherwise, presuming they were careful in assembly, these are a quite decent rifle with very high accuracy -- the adjustable notch sight and double set triggers aid in that.

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My CVA kit

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kycol,

A beautiful piece! Nice work!

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