My first post here, gawd it's long, I promise not to do this too much..! :smile:
Last fall I ran across a CVA Staghorn kit for $149 or so, and bought it just because I didn't have a BP rifle. I sighted it in at the range and could do 1.5 inch groups at 50 yards, and I'm an old shaky drunk. After I decked a doe opening day morning with my 30.06 semi-auto I went back and got my ML for the rest of the day. I shot one with it! In the neck at 15 yards (my average shot) with a 295gr HP powerbelt. I was impressed! It just keeled over. Before the next weekend I bought a CVA Buckhorn (same as the Staghorn but with the fiber optic sights) for $129 at Walmart. I gave my Staghorn to the guy who's property I hunt on. Shot another deer, and went home. Then I found a CVA Hunterbolt at Sam's Club for $169 in Camo/Nickel finish. Got it. It's a sweet gun! Mostly because it shoots as well as the other cheapo's I'd had, and it looks very nice! I shot 2 deer that weekend with it. Kept one, gave one to my landowner friend.
Now is a new season. I just got a plain old Optima. It looks cool! I thought the only advantage to having an *expensive* break open ML would be capping it. Well, it does cap easy, but the trigger on it is like nothing I've had. Slight pressure, with no real trigger movement, and it snaps cleanly. I added the exact same things to it as I did my other CVA's. $79 1.5x5 or so Bushnell shotgun scope with a Circle-X reticle, $20 CVA see through mount, and a SuperSling II. I'll add shooting results here before Monday on the Optima, maybe with target pictures Good or Bad.
Why a CVA cheapo is good for me, and many, many other people out there: I shoot in the woods, my average shot is like 15 yards where I hunt. A very long shot would be 50 yards. My longest shot has been about 25 yards so far. I can plug a dime at that distance easy. I don't need a second shot..(that's why I sold my 30.06 semi-auto so I could buy another CVA and toys.... :smile: A 50 cal hollow point PowerBelt does so much more damage at 15 yards than a 30.06 it's not even funny! I don't just shoot through them anymore, I do big time damage. Besides, I neck shoot everything, so a measly 2 Pyrodex pellets are plenty. My Optima after I outfited it with everything ended up costing about $300, gun, scope, mounts, sling, and case. That's expensive for me, I could've bought 2 tack driving buckhorns for that much fully loaded. Maybe someday I'll get a very expensive ML, but don't hold your breath..:smile: - Joe
[ This Message was edited by: jnorton on 2003-09-05 23:00 ]