CVA 45 Kentucky Pistol - Cleanout Screw question


December 1, 2012, 12:32 PM
I have a couple of the 45 cal CVA kentucky pistols ( made from Kits) that I'm "cleaning up" from accumulated past neglect.

I was able today to FINALLY get the cleanout screws removed , after weeks of soaking in kroil and hoppes.

The problem is that the heads of the screws are pretty bunged up, and I would like to replace with new ones.

Any suggestions on where I could get replcwement screws, or what the size is of these ?

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Acorn Mush
December 1, 2012, 06:47 PM
CVA screws are metric. Take them to your local hardware store and ask for a couple of screws with the same length, diameter, and thread pitch. If the new screws are too long they can easily be trimmed to the correct length. Be sure to thread on a matching nut prior to trimming the screw. After trimming the screw to the proper length, the nut functions as a thread chaser when you remove it.

December 1, 2012, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the info on the screws being metric...!!

December 1, 2012, 09:47 PM
I bought 5M X 6mm hardened hex head screws at True Value hardware for a Traditions Trapper, but the 5M X 5mm will also work. Most CVA's should have the same threading.
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Skinny 1950
December 1, 2012, 11:12 PM
I have a CVA Kit .45 cal. rifle and the clean-out screw is well used due to mis-fires so it never gets tight,good to know that it is metric for when it wears out.

December 2, 2012, 01:27 AM

These are my all-time favorite clean out screws for several reasons:

They're stainless steel and they can be removed by using a nipple wrench which is an item that is usually brought along whenever shooting. This type of head won't strip or get buggered up like a slotted screw will. These were made by CVA a long time ago before being discontinued and the only place that they're available from is Deer Creek Products, Waldron, Indiana by calling 765-525-6181.
But it's best to order several to make the shipping worthwhile.

I'm sure that you can also get the original slotted replacement clean out screws from Traditions. Simply give them a call to place an order.

Traditions Performance Firearms
1375 Boston Post Road
P.O. Box 776
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone# 860-388-4656

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 7:45am-4:30pm
Friday 7:45-3:15pm

December 2, 2012, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the info on those stainless cleanout screws....I'll definately call that company and order some !

December 2, 2012, 10:17 AM
Be sure to coat the threads with anti-seize compounds or at the least a good thick grease each time you remove and replace the screw. That should be at each cleaning. The grease or anti-seize will keep the plug from becoming permanently stuck and requiring drilling out. Screw threads do not completely fill the threaded hole into which they are screwed. There is a void at the bottom of the thread which quickly fills with black powder residue. That residue is corrosive and hygroscopic allowing for rust or exacerbating galvanic corrosion if the two metals are even slightly dissimilar. Thread-grease keeps this from happening insuring that the plug can be removed whenever needed.

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