CVA Hunter 44mag - 1st range trip

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Shopfox, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
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  2. BWM243

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    I use my home made 240 Gr SWC they have done me a good job. They are made from wheel weigh
     

  3. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That's cool being able to make your own bullets and develop your own loads. Are you getting similar accuracy, or do you find it's shooting better than the 2.5" range at 100 yards?
     
  4. Hookeye

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    300's up the recoil.
    If letting smaller stature folks use it, and inside of 100 yards on deer, no need to go past 240gr stuff.
    My hunting bud runs the CVA scout in .35 Rem trimmed to IN deer legal spec.
    Loves it.
     
  5. Hookeye

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    Some folks have equipped their kids with the youth model, running WW factory .44 spcl loads for deer. One little guy popped a 140" or so buck with his at about 50 yards. Worked fine. Maybe 10 yrs old (tops 12) and of small/thin build.

    Think he ran it two yrs with Specials and they grew into magnum usage.

    Kids grow fast.

    Another option to keep recoil down, .357 mag.
     
  6. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 44 mag is my new groundhog rifle :)

    More precisely, it was the gun in the trunk when I saw the groundhog near a friends building. The Winchester white box jacketed soft points did the trick. Maybe a 50 yard shot, but devastating none the less.
     
  7. BWM243

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    I have an Indiana hunter. I use my home made 44 240 gr with 50 gr Pyrodex Pistol powder it is very accurate at 50 yards I also use it in my rifles 80 gr is very accurate at 100 yards I use shot gum primers on my rifles I also use my 240 Gr SWC in all my guns
     
  8. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Quick update: I went to the range with my friend and he was sighting in his CVA Hunter with Winchester 240 gr. For his final group, he switched to 300 gr Hornady XTP. It shot an honest 1-1/4" 5-shot group at 100 yards with a lead sled.

    Had I not been there and witnessed it, I wouldn't have believed it.
     
  9. primer1

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    Tks for the update, that is awesome groups for a [email protected] yards. My cousin asked what he should get for his kid to deer hunt with, the CVA is what I recommended.
     
  10. Shopfox

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    Just to clarify, only the Hornady 300 gr XTP shot 1-1/4", the Winchester in his shot about 8" groups.

    What I don't get is that with my Winchester, I was able to get closer to the 3" range. It might be apples-oranges with 3-shot vs 5-shot, mine has the added weight and his doesn't, and he didn't clean between shots.
     
  11. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That's only more proof that most firearms have a favorite load.
     
  12. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hit the range and did some 10-round groups of the 300gr XTP.
    1st group: 2.46"
    2nd group: 1.75"

    I only had 7 of the 240gr XTPs. That group was 1.88"

    Here's the best group:
     

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  13. CaptMidnight

    CaptMidnight New Member Supporter

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    Just curious? What calibers are legal in Ohio for deer hunting. It seems every state has different rules.:)
     
  14. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    These specific straight-walled cartridge rifles are legal for deer hunting: .357 Magnum, .357 Maximum, .38 Special, .375 Super Magnum, .375 Winchester, .38-55, .41 Long Colt, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Long Colt, .45 Winchester Magnum, .45 Smith & Wesson, .454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .45-70, .45-90, .45-110, .475 Linebaugh, .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110 and .500 Smith & Wesson

    I primarily use an H&R .444 Marlin. It has an ~220 yard maximum point blank range. I dropped a pair of deer at 100 yards with it last year. They were DRT.
     
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    Thank you, that is a very different line of Ctgs. The Sharps numbers include my favorite the 45-110. Thanks.:)
     
  16. Hookeye

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    I almost bought the Scout version this week.
    Still tempted.
    Don't need it, already have 3 deer rifles and a deer handgun.
    But the little thing is cool.
    Of course I was going to hit the gunshop again today and the witch informs me the college emailed her, kid needs XXXX amount due Monday.
    Always something LOL
     
  17. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I know the feeling, Wants are infinite, and the means are finite.