Rated 5 out of 5 by HickmamRick Great Gun Good Price
This a good Gun for the price. I shot it one time to see where it hit, it was dead on. Second shot was a kill shot. Very happy with it.
June 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mroutson CVA Buckhorn
I own one and it works just fine.50 cal magnum! For under $200.
April 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tinffa Great for the money
I live in Ohio, I bought it to hunt deer, I went out the first season and got a doe with it. For less than $400 in everything I got a deer during the last ditch muzzleloader season. On mine, the open sights are horrid! The rear sight is all the way to the left and it still shoots left at 70 ft. I just mounted a scope on it, but havnt had time to sight it in. Friend told me that would remedy the inaccurate open sights??? Very easy to clean! Very easy to operate and reload. For the money, you cannot beat it.
August 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 Forget the price, buy it for the accuracy!
I started muzzleloading with a very cheap, mid-90's inline. I lived in a rifle hunting state where the muzzleloading seasons required open iron sights, open breech, no pellets and no sabots at the time, so I was just muzzleloading to try something new at the range, and to hopefully gather enough ML experience by the time the Army moved me again to be able to function in a ML/shotgun state without having to start from square 1. I quickly learned it would be worth upgrading to a Buckhorn (yes, it was an UPGRADE - I still have that first rifle, but I only use it as a cheater bar on my 3/8" ratchet wrench handle!), put a decent Bushnell scope on it, and picked up a variety of conicals, saboted bullets, and PowerBelts as well as 4 different types of FFg-equivalent BP substitutes and a few brands of primers. Without indemnifying myself by sharing the exact recipe, I was able to use a "poor man's" rifle, a $40 3-9x40mm scope, a BP substitute powder plagued by notoriously bad reviews, a well-accepted saboted bullet that really doesn't cost much, and the cheapest primers in town to get 3-shot groups just under 2" at 100 yards. Velocities off of my Chrony F1 report nice consistency and best efficiency with about a 130 grain load; going above that seemed to get more smoke and thunder, but little more velocity and slight declines in accuracy. Zeroed 1" high at 150 yards, I can hit inside an 8" paper picnic plate every time out to 250 yards with a center hold and that means I'm done worrying about rifles, optics, loads, etc. - I can focus on animals, habitat, and tactics now. Or, at least I could, had I not let my best friend talk me out of the rig, leaving me to start over from the ground up with another make/model... but that's for another review. Bottom line is that if you're a centerfire guy like I was, heading to a shotgun/ML state (and most such states allow your ML during their shotgun seasons too) the CVA Buckhorn lets you get into the muzzleloading game for less than $500 for rifle, scope, rings, bullets, powder, primers, full arsenal of loading and cleaning goods including a good range rod & some speed loaders, and probably even some other accessories such as a rifle case, sling, scope covers, and a decent plastic toolbox to keep everything organized and in one place. You can always upgrade bits and pieces over time, but I'm writing this in mid-July with full confidence that for under $500, if you have solid fundamental marksmanship skills, you can be ready for an Iowa/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio deer season by the end of September with just a few range sessions and very little capital. Those four-figure-as-shown ML rifles in the hands of the big guys with the big hats on TV are nice, but none of the animals harvested on cable television or in the anonymous public wildlife areas on the Midwest's back roads would ever know the difference.
July 17, 2011