I just bought a CVA Hunter 44 mag for the remaining days of the Ohio gun season. I wanted a simple, inexpensive rifle so my 7 year old could go out with me. I mounted a Simmons 8-point 3-9x40 scope on it ($10 at DSG). The gun will be shot from the prone position in the field this year, so it was sighted in with a bi-pod and a beanbag. To reduce recoil, the butt plate was removed, and the buttstock filled with about 6,000 BB's. I added a notecard as a "gasket", then reattached the butt plate. Without scope and bipod (but with BB's), the rifle weight came up to 10lbs. 14 ounces. I added a Sims Limbsaver on as well. The recoil was comparable to a heavy-barrel .223. Very minimal. Had a little more muzzle rise and (what seemed like) a louder blast - even with ear protection. Mental note, I'll take a pair of earmuffs for my son to use if a shot looks likely. I shot 3-shot groups at 100 yards. I used a bore snake between each shot for consistency. Winchester white box ammo (240gr JSP) 2.88" group and a 3.72" group. I shot one 3-round group of Hornady Custom 240gr XTP. It was 2.58" Groups were respectable. Well pleased with it for it's price ($220 sans scope + some ammo) and intended use. I spoke with CVA. They use the 240gr XTP and the 300gr Hornady for testing/trial. Their gunsmiths recommend the 300gr for best accuracy. I would be interested to hear others experiences with the Hornady 300gr, Barnes Vor-tx, or other rounds out of the CVA 44mag.