I have had a in line for a couple of years now but I want to buy a sidelock.I will be using round ball only with black powder.I do have a budget to stay in so I was looking at a CVA Bobcat and a Traditions Springfield Hawken.I really like the looks of the Hawken which I can buy for $109.00.The Bobcat cost $99.00 so the money is not an issue with these two rifles.My question is which would be the better gun in your opinion. Thanks.
I know nothing about either gun, but I would buy a Traditions before buying a CVA, just from word of mouth & articles on CVAs I am leery of them. For a little more money you could get a Lyman Great Plains or a TC Hawkens which are better guns than the cheap Traditions or CVAs. Also TC has a warranty that can not be beat - For The Life Of The Rifle, Not The Owner. Just my .02 cents.
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Steve I have a CVA in-line that will shoot 1-1 1/2 groups all day at 100 yards and a 3" at 150 yards.Two family members have CVA's in sidelock and in-line they both shoot great.I looked at a Lyman in a book I have it list them for $300-$400 thats a extra $200-$300 I can't spend right now.I would like to buy an top of the line gun but other things must come first at my house.You are right about the T/C warranty I have a few Contenders and they have always backed them with no problem. Thanks for reply.
Post by TripleSe7en on Jan 29, 2005 21:14:37 GMT -5
You made the right choice in my opinion. The Springfield is a nice, more sturdy ML. Sometimes with 1-48s, a wonderwad may be needed to help the ball shoot accurately beyond 75 yards. The best ball twists are in the 60s & 70s. I think Pyrodex P and Goex FFF are the best for velocity & sure ignition with that Traditions 48-twist.
Shoot a box of full-bore conicals first to remove any groove burrs. That Traditions powder channel has two 90 degree turns so a water flushing in a laundry sink with the nipple removed is a good idea for cleaning - after removing most of the bore fouling with patches & solvent first. That manufacturer-supplied nipple isn't very good. Get a Splitfire, HotShot or RedHot with magnum caps like RWS, Remington or CCI Mag. I still like the pre-lubed patches best around .015-.018. Try Peanut Oil for a lube also.... it's really slippery & won't burn up. One last lube that's easy is a Moosemilk variation all over the internet. 2 parts rubbing alcohol 3 parts water 1 part Ballistol 1/2 part Murphys Oil Soap or Lestoil
I prefer this concoction myself
8 parts water 6 parts rubbing alcohol 1 part Murphy's Oil Soap 1 part Ballistol 1 part Witch Hazel 1 part Castor Oil
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