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CVA Blazer Restoration

I got this old 1987 CVA Blazer in trade some weeks ago. The first 5 or so Inches of barrel look like it came out of the civil war so i will be shortening the barrel to either 20 or 22".

This one is a .50cal with 1:48 twist, I plan on replacing barrel later on when funds are available, with a Green Mountain .50cal 1:70 round ball twist barrel. The blanks arent to expensive so it will be worth it.

Decided i needed to restore the stock and get rid of the UGLY orange stain. Whats up with companies using such a color?!

Products im using:

Birchwood Casey
Rusty Walnut
Tru-oil
Stock sheen & conditioner

For the barrel i will be using a product made by Wheeler, its call Cerama-Coat metal finish. You spray 3 light coats and then put the barrel or parts into the oven for 30 minutes at 350* I think that will be an interesting addition to try out on this rifle.

Will also do the trigger internals with the Cerama coat as well. Polishing the trigger internals is also on the to do list.

Before picture,

Restoration in progess,


Finished up with 220 grit sand paper then cleaned the stock out with the air compressor and wiped it down with a tack cloth.


First coat,

4 coats later,

One coat of Tru oil,

I now have a total of 3 coats on it and its amazing! The wood grain just pops right out at you.

I need at least 2 more coats and then i will wet sand with 600 grit sand paper and then add 5 more coats before hitting it with 2000 grit. This is when the slow process begins!

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Re: CVA Blazer Restoration

Looking good!!! Keep up the good work.

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Re: CVA Blazer Restoration

Beauty!!!

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up date on the Blazer. After i finished the rifle, i cut the barrel down to 21 7/8" and recrowned it by using Flitz polishing compound and a Valve from a bmw lol good german engineering!

I first started off at 25 yards, took one shot, adjusted and then took a couple shots at 50 yards. Actually, i took 3 shots at 50 and all 3 touched

I adjusted 8 to the right and 10 down and got her perfectly center. Fired 5 more shots and again, all of them were touching!

My brother in law did a few shots with his Wolf and said, Lets go out and shoot some fun targets.

Once we got to the 200 yard range, I switched over to Jim Shockeys Gold 3F Along with the 295gr Powerbelts.

3 shots at 200 yards and the 4x scope. I was very surprised to see how well the 4x scope does on this rifle. Its just a cheapie BSA Classic.

One heck of a rifle! I let the main office guy try out the trigger and his eyes bugged out and he says, Holy S&*(@(!!!! What is that? A 1/2lb trigger?! WOW, thats a freakin hair trigger on that!

It was a fun evening though with the Blazer. When i get back from MI, i am going to mod a new nipple for it and see what else i can do with her. Really fun light weight rifle now.

I guess Jim Shockeys Gold is pretty accurate at 200 yards! It will be interesting to Chrono this short barrel and see what kind of numbers she puts out.

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Re: CVA Blazer Restoration

Rifle looks great. Congrats!!!!

Were you shooting belted bullets or sabots??? Just wondering.

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Re: CVA Blazer Restoration

i was shooting the 295gr powerbelts with 80gr jim shockeys gold 3f. This rifle does awesome with round ball and the same powder charge. I have to test the round balls at 100 yards later today and see how it does.

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Re: CVA Blazer Restoration

You made that a nice looking rifle, it really looks like it would handle nice.

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i realize this thread is over

i realize this thread is over a year old but i'd be interested to see how the valve was used to recrown the muzzle. i have a blazer that needs a few inches lopped off due to severe pitting as well.

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with the valve i actually put

with the valve i actually put a small bit of 220 grit sand paper at the bottom of the value and then lapped it with a value lapping tool. I also used a mixture of 400 and 600gr sand paper as well as jb bore paste and once i had a crown that was smooth and clean, it was ready. You'll never get a professional looking style crown but  a crown that will not snag the conical/sabot when you go to load the gun.

 

The jb bore paste is important to get any shavings out of the rifling at the muzzle.

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