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Old 09-06-2012, 06:35 PM
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CVA Eclipse Hunter Breech Plug Wrench


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I need some help! I was given a Connecticut Valley Arms Inc muzzleloader, the Eclipse Hunter, and I do not know which wrench to get in order to remove the breech plug. I did download a manual for it but the PC it was on crashed and I don't have it and cannot find another link to it. The tool I did find says "CVA's breech plug and nipple wrench are made from solid steel and assists in complete take down of CVA's In Line rifles. Does not work on the Elkhorn, Optima, Kodiak, or Wolf." I cannot believe I am this confused by something probably so simple. I have looked at the elkhorn and optima and they say they are break action. Is mine an in-line?

Here is a link to the item I'm looking at
Amazon.com: Blackpowder Products Breech Plug/Nipple Wrench for all CVA In-Line Rifles: Sports & Outdoors

Here is a link to the same rifle I have
CVA ECLIPSE HUNTER

Please help if you can. I have pyrodex pellets, belted bullets, and CCI 11 caps and really want to get to know this rifle.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:55 PM
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If your Eclipse is like my Staghorn Magnum, the breech pkug face is slotted. You could almost take it out with a large standard screwdriver. In that picture of the breech tools, the center picture is the one that I use on my Staghorn. I reach in with the screw driver end and that will turn out the 209 breech plug. The other end is used for taking out the #11 end.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:59 PM
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209 InLine Shotgn Primer Repl Breech Plug: Amazon.com: Sports & Outdoors

that is the breech plug my Staghorn has.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:09 PM
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Thank you so much for the help. I will go ahead and order up! What do you think of the 209 primers vs the caps? Easier? I have read they give more consistent ignition with pyrodex pellets. Would anyone recommend black powder over pyrodex or pyrodex pellets?
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:37 PM
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If your shooting pellets then use the 209 primers.. without question. But if you shoot loose powder and want to see a reduction is fouling, the #11 cap does just fine. Even though the Eclipse is I think a magnum rifle, mine shoots best with 90 grains of loose powder. I like Pyrodex RS or Black Powder. And a 240 grain XTP in a Harvester sabot shoots real good out of mine. Also mine will shoot a 245 grain powerbelt into some amazing groups. I have a 4x32mm scope on mine. It is a good shooting rifle. I think you will like that Eclipse a lot.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:31 PM
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Got out my stuff that I got when I was given the rifle. I have 245 grain Powerbelt bullets (.50 Caliber) and triple se7en pellets. Do you think i should get the loose powder, or will the pellets work till I use them up with the caps? I'm sure I can grab a can locally of pyrodex. The pellets do say for in-lines with 209 primer.

From what I gather, mine is not a magnum, so I will stick with 90 or 100 grain charges. It may handle it, but I don't think I'll ever need it. I do not have a rear sight, so I will need to scope it. I was thinking of something in a 4x so I will look into a 4x32 probably Bushnell Elite, if they make one.

This will be my first experience with a muzzleloader. I ordered the tools above and a bullet starter. I have some anti-seize for my plug and nipple. Guess I'll need a good cleaning kit for it too. I got a permit to hunt the Big Sandy area, and you're limited to rimfire .17 or .22, shotguns, or muzzleloader. No centerfire. I'm looking forward to shooting her!
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:06 PM
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If it is not a magnum it has a 100 grains limit. If you have 209 primers then shoot the pellets. Otherwise get a can of Pyrodex and a measure and have some fun. Try those Powerbelt and see how they shoot. Or get some 250 grain shockwaves and try them.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:05 AM
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From what I gather, mine is not a magnum, so I will stick with 90 or 100 grain charges
You are correct, the Eclipse has a two piece barrel/receiver: It is limited to 100 grains of powder. It uses the same barrel/receiver as my old StagHorn.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:14 PM
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Got the tools and it works like a charm. Was given a Redfield 3x9 scope, anyone recommend some bases? Was looking at the CVA z2 rings. 2 piece bases as I don't have a lot of loot to drop. I have some Leupold weaver style rings already. Any recommendations before I pull the trigger on mounts?
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I use Weaver bases and some inexpensive Tradition Arms quick release medium rings on my Staghorn. My scope is a $19.99 Simmons Pro Sport 4x32mm and with powerbelts and 90 grains of powder it will shoot bulls eyes all day long.







Here I was testing some new bullets I had gotten in. I want a heavy hard hitting bullet for close range shooting that will stop a deer where it stands. I hunt some nasty bog marsh and hate tracking and pulling a deer out of the marsh. But if I can drop them on a trail, I can drive up to them on my ATV.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:27 AM
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Great looking set up and great shooting to boot. I had to order some bases at my local gun shop. Bought some pyrodex ffg and cannot wait to get this set up and shooting. I guess i will also need some brushes and what not to clean it good after shooting. Do not want this rifle rusting up on me. Will let you know how well it shoots. Thank you for all your help with this.
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