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My muzzleloader is different --- anyone know why?

Think I need some help from anyone who might be familiar with muzzleloaders that were made some years ago with CVA barrels... not a CVA import.

Some years ago, my wife bought me a 50 caliber, custom-made by one of the mountain men here in New Mexico. The gun appears to have a pewter fore-end cap and buttplate. The barrel is marked Conneticut Valley Arms, Inc. and in large letters MADE IN U.S.A. The serial number is 0063983. The barrel is parkerized.

The "guides" for the ramrod are hexagonal and there are two "pins" passing through the stock to hold the barrel in place. It has a double-set trigger assembly, with an unusual cylinder threaded into the barrel into which the nipple is threaded.

My question is.... did CVA make their own barrels at one time or is this a Douglas barrel. There are a lot of things about this gun that don't seem to match with a regular factory piece... like the design of and engraving on the lock, and a fiberglas ramrod with brass tips at both ends.

Can anyone give me a clue as to the origin of this gun..... I think that is had too many "custom" features to be a CVA special.... and definitely want to find out about the barrel.
Thanking anyone and everyone in advance,
Jim Clary
821 Miller Rd.
Los Lunas, NM
manzanovalph@earthlink.net

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