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PART 1 -   

I just got in a new CVA Electra muzzle loader and thought I'd share my findings with you guys...

Here is a list of specs on this new breed of muzzle loading rifle:

  • ARC™ Electronic Ignition
  • 26”, 1:28 Twist Bergara Barrel Blued or Stainless Steel
  • Ambidextrous Composite Stock Camo or Black FiberGrip
  • DuraSight® Rail Scope Mount
  • DuraSight® Fiber Optic Sights
  • CrushZone™ Recoil Pad
  • 7.5 lbs. Total Weight
  • 14.5” Length of Pull
  • Quake™ Claw® Sling
  • Lifetime Warranty

    The new ARC Electronic Ignition is one of the best "firing systems" that I have ever seen and it is definitely one of the FASTEST on the market! Unlike most all other rifles whose trigger "breaks" when pulled, the trigger pull on the CVA Electra is as smooth as they come. Mine "pulls" to 2 lbs. of pressure and then BOOM - instantaneous firing just like that of a center-fire rifle. Absolute "0" delay in firing and just this alone is a big plus in obtaining better than average accuracy from a muzzle loader...

    This is a side profile of the electronic breech plug...



    The shows the end of the breech plug - kinda reminds me of a spark plug...



    This shows the two contact points inside the stock for the electronic breech plug...



    This is the power source for the CVA Electra - packed with every rifle. This is also the same type battery used in Police Stun Guns...



    This is where the battery is housed...



    This is where all of the main circuitry is housed - out of the way and fully protected...


    This is the Electra Breech Plug Brush - used for cleaning the face of the Electronic Breech Plug... 






    The "Tech Note" says: after every 4 or 5 shots, the breech plug face should be cleaned with the Electra Breech Plug Brush, followed by a damp patch and then a dry patch. Cleaning the breech face with the Electra Breech Plug Brush  is essential to achieving reliable and full-powered ignition of the ARC Electronic Ignition System...

    To use the Electra Breech Plug Brush: attach brush to ram-rod or range rod and scrub the breech plug face by rotating the brush both clockwise and counter-clockwise...


    This shows the breech plug as it is fully seated into the barrel...



    This shows the two massive barrel lugs that hold the barrel into the stock...



    This shows the on/off switch that sends power to the unit - completely out of the way but, easily accessible...



    This shows the safety in the on/off position...

    Notice the red Status Indicator Light just behind the safety. When the system is fully charged and ready to fire, the light will blink - indicating that it is ready to fire...






    When I received the gun, the first thing I did was install an extended and ported QLA - aka, muzzle brake. The addition of the brake actually made loading much faster because of it's extra length. The noise increase, at least to me, seemed very minimal and recoil wise, felt recoil was something like maybe 20% less than without a muzzle brake...

    I did however, check the concentricity of CVA's QLA on this particular Bergara barrel and I will have to say that this was was one of the most precisely centered that I have ever seen - (T/C could take notes from these guys and maybe learn a thing or two)...



    This is how I had set the gun up before taking it to the range...









    The gun came with these tools / a Quake Sling / DuraSight Scope Rail...






    I had separately purchased a CVA Bullet Starter that was designed specifically for Power Belt Bullets and one that would not deform the bullet tip during loading...



    The long end of the bullet starter was perfect for seating the bullet through the extra length of brake...



    DAVID


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    PART 2 -


    These are two of the propellants that I used during testing: one is 50 gr. PYRODEX PELLETS and the second is IMR's new WHITE HOTS PELLETS...



    One thing that I did like about IMR's WHITE HOTS pellets was that it made no difference which end was loaded into the barrel first. Notice also the clear plastic tube that these pellets are packaged in - very handy...



    During this test, the only bullet I shot was Power Belts 245 gr. Copper Aerotip...



    One thing that I really liked about the Power Belt Bullet, besides the fact that they load easy and are very accurate, is that they are "full bore" diameter. Unlike most other .50 caliber bullets, saboted rounds use bullets of a much smaller diameter to make up for use in their plastic sabots. This may be okay if you are looking to see how fast you can push a bullet but, if you want an easy loading bullet that drops deer and other game with authority, take a closer at these Power Belt Bullets...


    Well............... after loading and firing the gun for the very first time, here is what I did at 100 yards - after sighting-in...



    This 3-shot group was at 150 yards...



    3-shots at 150 yards...



    3-shots at 200 yards...



    All shooting was done off a bench with a sand bag under the stock and as always, I used a Harris Bi-Pod up front, which attached perfectly to molded in sling swivel stud...

    Also, when I shoot off a bench, I do NOT ever hold or touch the forend, I just let it free recoil. By doing this, the point of impact does not change when shooting in the off hand position...

    All in all, counting sight-in, I fired 21 rounds without any cleaning between shots what-so-ever. From the first shot to the last, the gun loaded easy and was a real pleasure to shoot. Even cleaning this particular gun was easier and faster than any other muzzle loader I have ever shot in the past...

    I would also like to point out that the 200 yard group was shot #19, 20 and 21 and still, NO patch or brush had been run down the barrel! I never bothered to scrub the face of the breech plug either because I wanted to see what this new system could take and again, I was VERY IMPRESSED. BPI / CVA / BERGARA has done their homework on this gun. It handles well, ballances perfectly and shoot's like there's no tomorrow...


    Check out these "before" and "after" pictures and tell me what's missing...






    There is absolutely NO POWDER RESIDUE on the scope! Everything from the breech plug up to the rear of the muzzle brake is just as clean as what it was when I removed it from the shipping box. The only thing "dirty" was the bore and brake but, a quick cleaning was all it took to make it squeaky clean. I ran 6-wet patches down the bore from the breech end, dried it out, used a 20 ga. brass brush to scrub the bore with 10 push/pull passes, run a couple dry patches through the bore to push out the loose debris and then ended with 2 lightly oiled patches pushed through the barrel and it shined like a mirror...

    All in all though, I am more than pleased with the CVA Electra and would highly recommend it to anyone and especially if you were going to add a scope to it. This is the only muzzle loader that I have ever bothered adding a scope to because of all the corrosive crud that is always blown back through and around the breech plug. This has got to be one of the best systems on the market and is definitely one worth checking out and since CVA is offering a $100 rebate with the purchase of any new Electra muzzle loading rifle, there is no excuse for not owning at least one of the rifles...

    To learn more about this rifle, you can visit CVA's website at: http://www.cva.com/rifles-electra.html

    Any questions, just ask!

    DAVID


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    David and Terry White

    e-mail us at: dandtcustomgunworks@yahoo.com
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