Great rifle. I have the .72 caliber model. I cast my own balls .710 in size. I use both GOEX FF and FFF from 70 to 120 grains. Make sure you seat the balls well.After the first shot you don't want the second one to be become loose. It took some time for me to get use to two barrels with the sight's in the center, to put the shot were I wanted it to go. It's a little different then a single barrel. Good luck with yours, do you plan to hunt with it?
August 13, 2007, 11:18 AM
I am planning to only shoot conical out this gun, but I will keep it in mind to make always sure that projectiles are still properly seated between shots, do not want to rupture the barrel.
One good friend of mine has the .72 and he shoots an 800gr Conical out his with 120gr FFg Wano pushing it along. Another friend has his in .50 and he shoots the Lyman Plains Bullet with 90gr FFg Wano. Both perform more than admirably, and I have hunted with the .72 with very good results.
Mine was bought for hunting and informal competition shooting, but it is not 100% standard anymore. I have had the gun at one of the top South African gunsmiths. The gun was stripped and stock has been made a wee shorter for my frame, barrels were cut to balance it 100%, and after cutting and re-crowning, regulated to 50m. It points perfectly, now I only need to work with the loads to get all the distances dialed in.
August 14, 2007, 08:45 PM
I would like to find some conicals to shoot for my .72, but so far have not had any luck locating a mould or made conical bullet for my rifle. If anyone can help me with that, please let me know. I have used mine for whitetale deer here in Ohio with good effect. The heavy .72 caliber ball drops them real fast. Good luck with yours Heinrich.
August 15, 2007, 09:36 AM
Wear long sleeves and a glove that covers the wrist on the left hand. (Assuming you are shooting right handed, otherwise vice versa.) If you do not, you will discover why they made right and left hand locks for single shots. The left nipple will spit into the tender area on the underside of the wrist and the effect is not pleasant.
October 15, 2007, 07:33 PM
This post inspired me to find a mould maker to make a .72 caliber conical mould for my Kodiak rifle. After a short search, I located Brook's TRU-BORE Bullet Moulds. http://www.brooksmoulds.com/bullets.html Three weeks later I had the new mould. Here is the result, a big .72 caliber conical bullet. The weight of this bullet is over 1.5 ounce's. The pic shows the .72 cal conical next to a .58 cal REAL bullet that I cast for my 1861 Armi springfield.
October 16, 2007, 03:48 AM
Have you had a chance to shoot those conicals yet? I was thinking about getting one of these in .72 but was worried that the rifling pitch wouldn't stabilize the bullet. If you have fired conicals, or if anyone else has, what kind of accuracy are you getting with them? How about with the .58 conicals?
October 16, 2007, 10:40 AM
I'v shot both conicals many times with excellent results. I get fist size groups with the .72 caliber at 100 yards, and do even better with the .58 caliber REAL bullet.Note the short lenght of the .72 conical, this was designed by Brook's TRU-BORE to match with the 6 groove 1:75 twist of the Pedersoil rifle, and seems to work very well. I intend to use the .72 cal conical for deer hunting this year, and will do so with great confidence.
I'm still experimenting with powder charges for the big conical,but I think with more range time, I can get smaller groups with this bullet.My current load is 120 grains of Goex FFF, with a natural fiber wad behind the bullet.
I'v found all muzzle loaders take time to match up correct bullet or ball sizes with the right powder charge, but that's half the fun of front loaders.;)
October 23, 2007, 02:29 PM
Ive always found those Bp doubles very interesting, I think ill have to get one someday. Out of curiosity, what is the recoil like on the .72, or the .58 for that matter? I can only imagine it would be "Brisk" to say the least.
October 23, 2007, 07:46 PM
Recoil is not at all bad. The pedersoli .72 caliber express is a very heavy rifle ( 10.4 pounds). With 120 grains of Goex FFF, the recoil feels like a 12 gauge AA skeet or trap load. 180 grains, which is the highest powder charge I'v tried so far, feels like a 12 gauge magnum load. Blackpowder does not give the sharp recoil of smokeless powder.
I shot 60 rounds of ball and conical at the range last week and felt no pain the next day.
October 28, 2007, 02:16 AM
I bought the first generation cva express rifle in 50 cal. I bought it at Friendship from the cva booth it was missing some parts so I only paid $80 for it. I had it out on the range in a week and soon found out why the second generation gun has a goofy looking muzzle band. It's there to allow the shooter to adjust one of the barrels to match the other. The first and second generation have one set of rear sights and that is not enough to group the two barrels. The Kodiaks got away with it by using two rear sights one dedicated to each barrel. All of this to allow for less that stellar workmanship when jigging up and welding the two barrels together. If you've ever had in your hands the early big game doubles you would note that they have 3 folding non adjustable leaf sights. Now that took some precision and care to set and weld those barrels. Of course those guns cost thousands of dollars back in the late 18th and early19th centuries.
I've only tried maxie balls in my cva I will take the time to try patched balls or power belts or minnie balls to see if I can get them to shoot clooser. Or i might try to find a double set of rear sights like the Kodiaks have and treat each barrel as a separate gun. The gun is too much fun not to take to deer camp. We mostly drive the deer down here because the terrain is ROUGH so your shots are always at running deer.
November 6, 2007, 09:58 PM
I read some place that fg works well in the .72 I would think fff might be too fast maybe??
November 6, 2007, 11:19 PM
I'v never tried Fg in my rifle, so I can't say.Both FF and FFF seem to work just fine.Would Fg slow down ignition?
November 7, 2007, 12:04 AM
stoney If you could reprint the infromation Hopfuly could add in the stats for the other popular rounds 45 round,45conicial 50round and maxie and minnie'
and do the same fr 54 and 68 With that right table you could list the popular pistol rounds. If you can't be bothered let me know maybe I can work up a chart.
November 7, 2007, 12:30 AM
heinrich, Do you have a part number,price, and contact number for the dual rear sights on you kodiak I want to replace my single blade.
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