CVA .50 Muzzle loader

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by OandB, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. OandB

    OandB New Member

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    There was a CVA black powder at the local pawn shop for $80. Good deal or stay away?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Sounds fair if you want one.
     

  3. fmj

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    What model?

    Be sure to check the bore.
     
  4. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    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.
     
  5. OandB

    OandB New Member

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    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
     
  6. fmj

    fmj Active Member

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    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.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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)
     
  8. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    That could end up horrendous.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    I mention it, because it would not be the first time that a muzzleloader got pawned while loaded.
     
  10. northeast_hunter

    northeast_hunter New Member

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    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.
     
  11. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    80 bucks you better grab it !..........................
     
  12. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    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. :)