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Old 07-27-2009, 08:19 PM
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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...




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Old 07-27-2009, 08:25 PM
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PART 2 -

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...






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Old 07-27-2009, 08:32 PM
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PART 3 -

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...



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


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Old 07-27-2009, 08:36 PM
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Since the original posting date of these pictures and shooting time at the bench, I have also shot 3 different CVA Electra muzzle loaders and they all shot just like mine did, with 3-shot 100 yard groups averaging one big ragged hole with 150 and 200 yard groups all averaging less than 2 inches when measuring bullet holes center to center....

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Old 07-28-2009, 04:08 AM
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Nice groups.

Sure is a far cry from this:
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:36 AM
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Excellent report Assassin. I believe it's the first one I've seen on the Electra. Can't argue with those results.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:44 AM
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I'd like to see how well it does with loose black. (don't mean that in a critical way - just that I'm interested).
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loose black should be tighter as it ignites easier.
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:41 PM
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Pete,

I just had time to shoot 3 3-shot groups with Pyrodex powder - "loose" at 150 yards and all three groups measured 1 1/2" center to center. This was with no brushing or patching between shots or groups. The internal bore finish on this gun is like a mirror and fouling is very minimal and clean-up is a breeze...

This is only my second time out with this gun but, the more I shoot it, the more I like it....

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Old 07-28-2009, 08:54 PM
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Well that is some excellent shooting for sure. Nice looking rifle.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:19 PM
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I'd like to hear from any of you guys that are also shooting one of the CVA Electra muzzle loaders...

I'm getting ready to test some loads with the Hornady 350 gr. Flex Tip muzzle loader bullet as well as CVA's 270 gr. Platinum bullet. Anyone interested in the accuracy of these bullets from the Electra muzzle loader???

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Old 08-09-2009, 09:15 PM
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Thanks for this report. I've been curious as to how these rifles work. Your wrote a pretty nice report, but could I ask for a couple of clarifications?

1). Does the red light blink all the time the rifle is ready to fire, and only when it is ready to fire? Or can the rifle be flashing/ready to fire before or during the reloading process?

2). Does the rifle have TWO safeties, one right behind the breech, and the silver circle right behind the trigger guard? I'm thinking the silver circle "turns on/off" the power supply, and the switch behind the breech is a safety?

3). Does the rifle come in other colors, or is the white "drizzle" on black the factory stock?

4). How long can you expect the battery to last during day-long use, like a day long or weekend long match, or a couple days of big game hunting?

Again, thanks for a nicely written report.
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Too bad its not legal for muzzleloader areas/seasons in MT, neither is the bullet. Traditional types with round balls only.

I had a CVA Wolverine that was a heck of a shooter, but I couldn't use it either, I sold it. I haven't had a muzzleloader in a while and I just acquired a T/C Hawken in .54 Cal. I'm quite happy about it.
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Thank you trent/OH....

1 - Yes, the light does blink all the time and when the rifle is ready to fire. After firing, it takes about 20 seconds for the unit to fully "energize" for the next shot. Also, everytime the trigger is pulled, the safety automatically engages and is very positive...

2 - You are correct all the way around....

3 - The CVA Electra comes in 3 models:

Blue Barrel/Black Stock

Stainless Barrel / Camo Stock

Stainless Barrel / Black Stock

4 - The battery will last for 600+ hours if left on all the time / 30 days....

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New Electra

I think I may have just stumbled onto the deal of the year. After looking at all of the gun stores in the area for various rifles, I found a single, lonely, Electra on the rack with a big red clearance tag. The clearance price was $249, I talked the manager down to $200. Now to send in that $100 rebate form...................... New CVA Electra, $100! I wouldn't have even considered this gun if it weren't for this review and the great pics. Thanks! Any recommendations for an inexpensive scope?

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We're all insanely jealous, I mean very glad, for your good fortune.
I don't recommend scopes, but I do urge you to buy the best you can get. The original poster who showed tiny groups at fairly long range didn't get those results with on old cheap scope from Odd Lots. While I don't shoot inlines, I can appreciate a quality rifle.
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Mattman71,

congratulations on your new purchase and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do...

As far as scopes go, I put a Simmons Aetec on mine, only because that is what I had on hand and never had it mounted on anything else. I also like the Bushnell Trophy line of scopes and mount literally hundreds of them a year on other hunters muzzle loaders with excellent results...

Glad you liked the review on the CVA Electra - Thank You.

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Wow!

Congrats on your deal!

Hey head on down to auto zone and pick up a deep set 12 millimeter ratchet. It makes getting that breech plug out a lot easier if it gets stuck. That little stabilizer bar they give you to use with their "wrench" actually bent and broke when my plug got stuck...

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Congrats on your deal!

Hey head on down to auto zone and pick up a deep set 12 millimeter ratchet. It makes getting that breech plug out a lot easier if it gets stuck. That little stabilizer bar they give you to use with their "wrench" actually bent and broke when my plug got stuck...

Have fun with your gun.
If that is just a 12mm deep well socket, I already have one of those. Thanks for the tip.

What kind of powder and bullets do you find works the best in these. CVA recommends the White Hot, with Powerbelts. Any others? I will be using it for deer and have heard some pretty bad things about Powerbelts on deer.
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to say the least matt, youre gonna have to work with it to see what it likes. no two muzzle loaders are identical. youll have to try all different kinds of powder and bullet combos. took almost a month and a half for me to find what mine liked.
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