|I was at the coast over the weekend for a writers confab and we gathered at a range to test drive some new products from CVA.|
One is the electronic ignition .50 cal smokepole. I'm not kidding. Electronic firing blackpowder rifle. No caps or primers required. Two AA batteries and yer in business. It takes about 5 seconds to recharge the firing, but we are talking about muzzleloaders. Dave Merideth, CVA PR man, described it as the next generation of muzzleloaders.
Dave assured me the cleanup is a snap, even faster than the new break-action smokepoles.
Anyone remember the ill-fated Remington electronic ignition centerfire of some years back?
Regardless, the trigger was the absolute smoothest I've ever pulled. I can see where the idea of a completely sealed smokepole will appeal to hunters who are in damp areas. My three shots probably would have killed a large deer, definitely an elk, but the 3rd would have missed a smaller critter.
I just was nervous as all git out with that electronic firing mechanism.
I also shot the new Elite centerfire by CVA. Thompson reliability, accuracy and barrel-change-out ability at considerably less the price. I shot the .223. At 110 yards, I was EXTREMELY pleased. Gonna get one of these.
Dave promises me CVA will intro a few new barrel calibers a year until they hit all the major calibers.
The range was opened for us by an NRA instructor who also shoots a .50 Barrett and a .338 Lapua. He said he has a Leupold Mark 4 on his Barrett and, prior to that, it went thorough thousands of rounds on a .300 H&H. Made me wonder if he got a top scope or was yanking my chain.
He also reports he gets 3 reloads out of the .338 L brass before he gets a split or dented case.