CVA Bobcat


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dwave
October 16, 2006, 12:24 AM
I seen many people mention the $60 CVA Bobcat on here and decided to get one to try it out and see how it does. I picked mine up at the local walmart for $59 + tax. After cleaning it up and taking it out to shoot, I think I got a good buy for the money.

Stock: I like the way the gun handles. The stock just feels nice in my hands, has a nice contor to it. The down side is that it is not wood, but a synthetic stock.

Barrel: Not much to say on it except that it has a 1:48" twist. Comes with an aluminum ramrod.

Sights: Very Basic, and very cheap, but what do you expect for $60? They are decent for such a cheap gun.

Accuracy: Unfortunatly my digital camera is got at the moment so I can't give any pictures of my target, but I can say that it is not bad with a .490 round ball. Using 60 gr. by volume of 777 I was able to shoot a 5 shot group at 50 yards standing, being 3" x 2" with a couple shots touching. The gun shoots low, and I am going to have to file the front sight since it doesn't have an elevation adjustment on it. The shots were center of the target.

PROS:
Cheap
Decent accuracy

CONS:
Too lightweight
sights not fully adjustable

Final Thoughts: For $60 dollars, I don't think its a bad deal. Right now the only thing that I am wondering about is durability, will the gun hold up? Time will tell for that one, but for now I think I got a good deal. If I get my camera back quickly I will get a picture of one of my targets and post it on here.

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Carl N. Brown
October 16, 2006, 02:40 PM
Fixed sight guns like the CVA Bobcat have "too tall front sights"
just so that you can file them down for zero with your pet load.

I have a .50 CVA Bobcat that I bought to have a gun in case
my older son asked me to go hunting with him in ML season.
I was shooting it at the range and an older, more experienced
muzzleloader shooter gave me several years' experience in a
couple of hours: patch selection especially.
In 2001 I used it in black powder matches which involve
a minimum of 14 shots for record for one discipline and
25 shots for record with the other, with the seasons being
eight months of the year. SO thats several hundred rounds
with, so far, no parts breakage and very good accuracy.

My common loads are 70gr PyroRS with .490" ball and .018"
patch with borebutter; and 80gr PyroRS with saboted 240gr
bullets. The 1 in 48" twist seems to be a compromise for
both ball and sabot.

I have gotten my $60 enjoyment out of mine several times
over and met a great bunch of people at the matches.

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