The CVA catalog and warranty book list a variety of conical bullets, including PowerBelt™ Bullets, as well as saboted bullets that are proper for use in our firearms. CVA's PowerBelt™ Bullets are the recommended projectile for use in all CVA rifles featuring a 1:48 twist or faster including all CVA in-line rifles. CVA bore diameters and bullet diameters have been carefully designed to provide a safe optimum result when used with our recommended powder charges and projectiles in the appropriate caliber.
DO NOT USE OVERSIZED CONICAL BULLETS IN YOUR CVA GUN. CVA rifles are designed for use with bullets or sabots (not to be confused with PolyPatch) and most conical bullets. Some extremely large conical bullets cause very high pressures due to poor fit to bore diameter, improper gas seal and excessive mass. The use of any conical bullet over 400 grains or saboted bullet over 300 grains in a .50 caliber rifle could cause barrel damage resulting in a non-warranty repair situation.
NOTE: MUZZLELOADING PROJECTILES MUST BE MADE FROM PURE LEAD. LINOTYPE OR WHEEL WEIGHT LEADS CONTAIN ANTIMONY WHICH CREATES AN EXTREMELY HARD, OVERSIZED PROJECTILE AND IS VERY DIFFICULT TO LOAD.
CVA does not recommend the use of non-CVA projectiles for CVA rifles. This is due to the fact that CVA has no control over projectile bullet molds or saboted bullets sold and marketed by other manufacturers. Some projectiles produced by other manufacturers, especially saboted bullets, can produce high barrel pressures creating unsafe conditions. If you have questions concerning the correctness of a component contact the CVA customer service department at 5988 Peachtree Corners East, Norcross, Georgia 30071; 770-449-4687 or fax 770-242-8546, or visit us on the web at CVA.com or E-mail us at [email protected].
1. CVA POWERBELT™ BULLETS - CVA PowerBelt™ Bullets are conical projectiles with a plastic base. The base or "belt" provides a perfect gas seal, eliminating accuracy robbing blow-by. Like sabots, the PowerBelt™ Bullet's patented snap-on base creates a perfect gas seal, providing consistent pressures and unsurpassed accuracy. But unlike sabots, PowerBelt™ Bullets are easy to load and do not require cleaning after every shot. And they are full caliber sized, so you get the most knock down power possible out of a muzzleloader. PowerBelt™ Bullets are available in .45, .50, and .54 calibers, copper coated or pure lead, with hollow points or AeroTips, and in a variety of grain weights. They are the #1 selling muzzleloading bullet on the market and the only bullet recommend for CVA in-line rifles. ( Figure 1-A)
2. CONICAL BULLETS—such as the CVA Buckslayer™ Bullet, Buffalo Bullet, Maxi-Ball and others of this type provide superior accuracy in all CVA firearms as well as increased knock down power desired by hunters. These projectiles are best suited for use in fast twist rifling barrels which stabilize the bullet more rapidly. They will also yield excellent accuracy in the slower twist models. (Figure 1-B)
3. SABOTED BULLETS—Modern sabots from various manufacturers have been tested and provide acceptable accuracy in CVA firearms when complying with the sabot manufacturer's recommendations for usage. Because other manufacturers tolerances vary beyond the control of CVA, different brands of sabots may have varying diameters. Therefore, when using sabots other than CVA, the shooter must determine that the sabot in use is not of too large a diameter for the CVA barrel. Saboted bullets of 300 grains weight or less are required when using Pyrodex Pellets as a propellent. When shooting sabots, cleaning between shots is recommended if maximum accuracy is to be maintained. (Figure 1-C)
Loads for conical bullets and sabots should not exceed the maximum load recommended in Table 1.
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