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Troubles with CVA rifle

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Unread 12-30-2012, 01:22 PM
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Re: Troubles with CVA rifle

There are numerous bad reports with the Kodiak and with shooters having various troubles with the rifle. Some have good luck, while others have had nothing but misery. Some have tried every bullet and propellant combination, yet still couldn't make them accurate and dumped them. Regardless of barrel problems, trigger assemblies loosen and many actions will not close and remain closed. One of my closest friends used one for a few years and shot a ton of deer with it, which gave him the nickname of "Gutpile". Two years ago the trigger assembly and breech were completely shot. Not having a lot of money for a top of the line upgrade, he purchased an Accura and is pretty happy with it so far and has harvested anything that he's shot at with it.

You may want to consider an upgrade. You could upgrade from the Kodiak to a multitude of different rifles and manufacturers, at a reasonable cost. Just about all muzzleloaders except for the top of each line, are most likely on sale.
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Unread 01-04-2013, 10:49 AM
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Re: Troubles with CVA rifle

I shoot an Apex .50 ML and Love it.
I did have some problems early on with the the gun, but nothing I couldn't fix.
The first problem was a tough one. My ML barrel was the first of 10 made for CVA by Bergara. It was assembled and shipped to a dealership in Central Illinois. The intended recipient never came to pick it up. The dealership sold it to me as a left over model from the previous year. Not knowing what it actually was. I was able to buy it at a huge discount.
I wanted to shoot BH 209 in it and did for 2 seasons without the special BH breach plug. I was shooting 2 1/4" groups at 200 yards. I loaded it with a Barnes 250gr TEZ, 70.6grains of BH 209 (by weight, NOT volume) about 110 grains By volume and used a CCI 209 standard primer.
I saw that CVA had the BH209 Breach plug and wanted to try it. After I received the third one that did not fit. I called CVA and they ran a check on the serial number and found out that my gun was a first run gun.
The problem was that the first ML barrels made by Bergara had an 11/16" thread and then CVA and Bergara changed and made all there breech plugs 5/8".
So the fix was that they sent me a new Barrel free of charge.

I definitely love the new BH breech plug, I've been working on the load and I am confident that my groups will continue to decrease in size. I've only run about 60 shots thought the barrel.
I've killed 8 deer and a coyote, so far. 5 of the deer were dropped in their tracks and the other three went no more than 60 yards. I'm also a believer in the high shoulder shot. My opinion is that it is a great gun.

The best thing anyone can do, no matter what type of gun they have is to spend time at the range and become proficient with their firearm.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 07:32 PM
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Re: Troubles with CVA rifle

I shoot 100gr of pyrodex pellets and a 295gr powerbelt. I can put my rounds on top of each other at 100 yards. I use Winchester primers.
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