CVA Bobcat


April 25, 2013, 01:07 PM
I have a line on a CVA Bobcat in .50 cal at a pawn shop for $100. It appears to be in pretty good shape with a bit of rust around the nipple. Needs a good cleaning. Synthetic stock with Hi-Vis sights. Is this a good price?

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April 25, 2013, 02:44 PM
About ten years ago, I saw the on clearance at Wally's for $80.

They are handy little no nonsense starter guns. I bought two of them for the club to use as "loaners" in the past year. One was $60 in like new condition and the other had a rusty bore, for $42.50. I had the bore reamed smooth for use with either PRB or shot.

They really weren't much more than $100 at brand spankin new suggested retail.

On the other hand, where can you get a fairly accurate fair quality muzzle loader for $100? I will say that I see them go a little higher on the on-line auctions.

Many of the parts are interchangeable with Traditions guns.

Whatever you do, don't remove the breech plug or drum. They are cross threaded into each other and are next to impossible to remove without doing serious damage to the gun.

April 25, 2013, 03:35 PM
That's what I thought. I've seen a few with replacement wood stocks that looked pretty nice. We shall see!

April 27, 2013, 09:34 PM
Any front stuffer that is in serviceable condition and shoots is worth 100.00 these days.

April 28, 2013, 09:51 PM
Picked it up Friday. it cleaned up well. I won't get to the range for a couple of weeks. Range report to follow!

4v50 Gary
April 28, 2013, 10:33 PM
Good buy at $100.

April 29, 2013, 10:11 PM
I bought a Bobcat for $100 as well.
Here's a tip - I put two lead ingots wrapped in a sock in the butt of the rifle. It helps with balance and recoil.
It is a very accurate muzzleloader.


Carl N. Brown
April 29, 2013, 10:22 PM
CVA Bobcat is the most bang (and fun) for my buck. I shot one in muzzleloading rifle and for a few years in black powder cartridge maches at the club (a lot more shooting than most muzzleloaders get; course of fire for BP cartridge was twenty rounds a match (5 at bullseye target 100 yds, 5 each at steel at 100 meters, 150 meters and 200 meters). 7 matches a year.

May 15, 2013, 01:05 PM
I keep reading about different twist rates and the projectile type. I see 1:60 and 1:48 is common. Mine is 1:32. Any prefernce on projectile?

May 15, 2013, 03:30 PM
i:32 is a conical twist, for those super duper $4.00 bullets the in-lines use. It will still probably do fine for light load plinking with a tight patched round ball.

We routinely start folks out with 50 cal muzzleloaders with 30 grains 2fg and PRB's.

BTW, I understand that CVA made a small production run of 36 caliber barrels for the Bobcat "platform" In the past year, I saw only one for sale on-line, but keep your eye open, you might find another barrel for it. It also would not take much to make a drop in barrel for it. The button breech plug shape is easy to duplicate.

May 15, 2013, 11:03 PM
I have one of these rifles and it seems to be very serviceable... except the previous owner sold it to me with a maxiball lodged in the barrel. Does anybody have any ideas on how to remove the stuck bullet?

Sorry to derail the thread but I'm sure you will have more fun with yours than I have with mine!


May 16, 2013, 01:26 PM
You need the auger looking attachment for your ram-rod. I have RBs and patches and Pyrodex. Just need to find some #11 caps. My pistols use #10! Then off to the range for a workout!

May 16, 2013, 03:42 PM
Does anybody have any ideas on how to remove the stuck bullet? HB
First try the screw arrangement that thralldad suggested. If that doesn't work due to stripping of the lead, measure the distance to the ball with your ramrod. If it is close to the bottom (real close), remove the nipple and put as much BP into the hole as possible. Then replace the nipple, cap it, and fire. It may be enough to dislodge it out of the barrel.

If it isn't close to the bottom of the barrel, ram it down to the bottom (not very hard) and do the same thing.
If that fails, remove the breech plug and ram it out through the rear.

May 16, 2013, 05:16 PM
Do not ever REMove the breech plug on a cva or traditions. You will ruin the bArrel

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