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Playing with the 44 Mag CVA Hunter

Discussion in 'Shooting Chat' started by Dumpstick, May 30, 2019.

  1. Dumpstick

    Dumpstick Sharpshooter

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    A few years ago, I got a wild hair, and purchased a CVA Hunter in 44 Mag. It's a single-shot, break action. ~20" barrel, 1:20 twist. I figured with that faster twist I could shoot heavier projectiles, so, why not ? It'll go with my 44Mag handgun(s).
    Here's a pic.
    CVA Hunter 44Mag w scope (Custom).jpeg

    It came with the scope mount/rings. I found an older (El Paso build) Weaver 4x to put on it.

    I don't know why, but I decided to shoot some of the mild handloads I use to keep up practice on the Ruger SBH's (yeah, right.... I need to shoot them more. I won't even show the targets.)
    I had some old Missouri Bullet 240gr truncated cone lead left over, so I loaded up some with 10.5gr HS-6. This gives me right at 1000fps from a SBH Hunter with 7.5" Bbl.

    50 yards - first shot at top, adjust scope, 11 more shots. That's a 3 inch orange sticker.
    CVA Hunter 50yds 240gr 10.5gr HS6 (Custom).jpeg

    Not bad, for what it is.

    75yds. The round was moving so slowly, I could hear each hit. BANG.....THWAP....
    CVA Hunter 75yds 240gr 10.5gr HS6 (Custom).jpeg

    The horizontal dispersion I figured was me, but more on that...

    The round at the very top - I had a piece of FC brass I dug out of a mudhole. Being the frugal person I am, I washed it, cleaned it up best I could, and loaded it. That hole at the top is fired from that cartridge.
    When I saw the flier, I looked at the brass -
    Cracked 44Mag brass #2 (Custom).jpeg

    I think I got all the good outa that one....

    As for the horizontal stringing, I figured it was me. As I was running patches down the barrel, I heard some clunking.
    Turns out the scope mount was loose, the top of the scope was rocking about 1/8" left and right.
    I pulled the scope, pulled the base screws (which weren't even finger tight), put a drop of clear fingernail polish on the screws, bolted it back up.

    maybe it wasn't me.
     
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  2. Aries

    Aries Sharpshooter

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    I always wanted a lever action in .44 mag, but not bad enough to spend the $800 or so it would take to get one.
     
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  3. Dumpstick

    Dumpstick Sharpshooter

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    One can acquire the CVA for ~$300. Good fit and finish, I like it.

    I have a Marlin 1894P, the ported barrel 18.5" 44mag lever gun.
    Mucho fun.
     

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