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Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by OandB, Jul 9, 2013.
There was a CVA black powder at the local pawn shop for $80. Good deal or stay away?
Sounds fair if you want one.
Be sure to check the bore.
Hard to go wrong for that price, but be sure to check the bore carefully with a flash light. Rusted barrels are very common in poorly cleaned ML guns.
I'm not sure the model, I really know very little about mussel loaders so I was really interested but for $80 I thought I would ask around
This dead on....CVA makes great guns in my experience...but owners have a tendency to fail the gun by not properly cleaning. Black powder (and substitutes) are extremely corrosive.
O&B- changed your spelling on title- it is muzzle loader.
As the folks have said- it COULD be a decent price. Use one of those little LED flashlights with the flexible neck (they make great bore lights for regular guns) and take a hard look at the bore, and check for rust on the outside around the nipple. Use the ramrod to check the bore and be sure it is not loaded.
(Push ramrod down barrel, mark end of rod at muzzle with thumb, pull rod out, lay alongside barrel, should come all the way back to nipple. If it if a couple of inches short, someone left a charge in there)
That could end up horrendous.
I mention it, because it would not be the first time that a muzzleloader got pawned while loaded.
I've heard some horror stories when buying guns from pawn shops in the past, but sometimes you can really score. For $80, it could be a good deal, depending on the model. But, the CVA Buckhorn sells around $130 new, so for the minimal difference, I'd buy new for a piece of mind. One of my friends turned me onto muzzle-loaders.com, and said he had good dealings with them, so that's where I've been looking. Personally, I would see if you could fire the gun first.
80 bucks you better grab it !..........................
Most used production muzzle loaders have rusted bores. I would check the nipple very close. Damaged or rusted nipples are indication the gun has not been properly cared for. You should be able to blow air from the muzzle exiting the vent or nipple.