CVA Buckhorn .50 Caliber 209 Muzzleloader
Best 200 dollars I've ever spent. well spent money.
November 19, 2013
Very impressed. My rifle of choice for deer hunting.
Couldn't believe how accurate and powerful it was.
Used a 50 cal. Powerbelt Aerolite bullet and tripleseven pellets
November 17, 2013
Great Gun, Great Value
I purchased this gun as an upgrade. I've been shooting a T/C Hawken style .50 for the last few years and got tired of the antiquated design and wanted something more modern, however I didn't want to spend too much since I only hunt 2 or 3 days a year during muzzleloader season.
After doing some online research and looking at various guns I decided to go with this one. I have been thrilled with my decision.
This gun is an entry level inline that anyone can use. I have mounted a scope and can keep a reasonably tight group at 100 yards. I say "reasonably tight" because there are so many different variables to consider when firing a muzzleloader. Just a few grains of powder more or less can effect the shot placement.
I have been firing Powerbelt bullets and have tested between 75 and 100 grains of Pyrodex. I have found that 75 is adequate for the size of deer I'm hunting and the distance of my shots.
This gun is very durable and is well built for the price. Disassembly for cleaning is very easy and makes cleaning a snap. They give you all the tools required, but all you need is an allen wrench and the breech wrench which comes with the gun. I have a bore rope that I run through the bore. Cleaning takes about 15 minutes.
The only reason I'm giving this review 4 starts instead of 5 is because it is somewhat difficult to put in a new primer and remove the primer after firing. This isn't a big deal when you aren't trying to load in the heat of the moment, but when you are reloading to take a quick shot it can be a little difficult to get the old primer out and a new one installed. I keep my pocket knife handy in the field and use it to pop the old one out and then it just takes a few seconds to get the new one situated in place. This may be something that is common to all inlines, but I've never fired another so I don't know.
Overall I highly recommend this gun. I have had it for one season and took a buck and a doe with it. I'm looking forward to the new season starting in two weeks so i can take it out again.
In closing I'll say that the selling point for me on this gun was when I was doing some online research. If you Google "The Truth About CVA" you'll find a blog by the CEO of CVA. On that blog people ask him questions and he gives them direct answers. I love the fact that the CEO is accessible and addresses customer comments (and complaints) directly on that blog instead of you having to call some 800 number. I was floored that a CEO was making himself so accessible and that was the ultimate selling point for me.
October 13, 2013
No-Frills Tack Driver
I bought this rifle on discount. It was my third ML and it was so cheap I had to buy it for my son on his 15th birthday. From the first time I shot it I have loved this simple gun. And I shoot it a lot.
The 209 ignition is foolproof and positive in all weather. The stock fits me perfectly without modification. The safety lever is a bit awkward to get to in the firing position, and the spring plug on the end of the barrel is impossible to remove without taking the stock off.
I removed the stock rear sight, which is a very nice green light pipe design, and replaced with a peep sight from Williams (WGRS-CVA) because my eyes are pushing 60, and man 'o' man will this rifle shoot. I took it elk hunting last September a knocked down a nice cow at 125 yards. Works best with 348 gr powerbelt over 110 grains of Pyrodex RS. It is a magnum rifle but I haven't tried 150gr with a heavier bullet. No need.
One last thing I appreciate is the bullet guiding muzzle. We can't hunt with sabot rounds in Colorado, but starting PBs and lead conicals is a snap with the inset muzzle.
This is a good, inexpensive starter rifle for those who aren't sure they'll stick with black powder, and a great way to get out there hunting before the masses.
June 15, 2013