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Old 01-24-2011, 09:33 AM
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has anyone had a chance to shoot a CVA Scout rifle? I am looking at he compact for my daughter . Opinions ...
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:23 PM
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A friend got one in 243 for his kid for christmas,and for the money I was impressed.Nice little shooter.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:28 AM
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pm to you cottonstalk
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:47 PM
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only one I've shot is a .35 Whelen - NOT suitable for a youngster !
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:03 AM
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still, how was the accuracy and construction of the rifle? were you satisfied
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:03 PM
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still, how was the accuracy and construction of the rifle? were you satisfied
Accuracy was excellent - friend that owns it took 4 deer with it this year. Sight-in target has 2 3-shot groups on it, both just under one inch center-to-center. Hornady SuperFormance 200gr loads.

Feel was decent - I thought it was too light for the chambering and the recoil was a tad "robust" but not as abrupt as my son's Tikka T3 light in .338 mag.
The stock didn't exactly fit my taste but it could grow on me after a while, I think. It seemed that one in .243 or .260 or 7-08 ( or, wishful thinking, .250 Savage or .257 Roberts ), a good scope with lots of eye-relief, and a youth-sized stock would make a nice beginner rifle. And it didn't feel like the thing would fall apart with regular use.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:29 PM
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In late December I picked up my new Scout single shot break action in 7mm-08. Upon opening the box the stainless fluted barrel and lightweight feel of the rifle struck me as features that clinched the deal on purchasing the rifle in the first place. Looking into the box a Dead On one piece scope base/intregal mount was supplied with the rifle a $40 retail item. The supplied base is rock steady on the rifle and is secured with four torx bit fasteners. The lower part of the base is one piece and includes the lower part of the scope rings. The upper scope rings are fastened to the lower part of the rings with torx bit screws. These were very solid as well.
The receiver is noticeably "missing" any spline pins that are standard on my Handi's and Toppers and is smooth from the buttstock to forend. The word Scout is also etched in each side of the receiver. The caliber designation and CVA Scout logo are lazer etched into the barrel in a black color writing. The 22" barrel has 9 inches of fluting begining near the end of the forend and extend down toward the muzzle of barrel ending about 2 1/2" from the muzzle. The forend is approxiamately 10" long and is square shaped and lightly checkered to supply a good hand grip. Two standard screws attach the forend to the barrel and the forend is supplied with a swivel stud about 3/4" from the end of the forend itself.
The ambidextrous buttstock is a black composite along with the forend being black composite. Overall length of the buttstock is 15" and a swivel stud is molded into the buttstock as well. The Crush Zone recoil pad is similar to the cushy Limbsaver and increases the ease to shoulder of this rifle.
The trigger guard houses the breeching lever and is made out of some type of metal alloy. The trigger breaks easily at 3.1lbs measured with a RCBS trigger pull guage. An ambidextrous hammer extension is supplied with the rifle and is easily switched from side to side because the end of the hammer is threaded for quick switching.
The barrel is an extractor type and the barrel breech and the standing receiver breech are nicely finished. Lock up is 100% positive with no side wobble and no visible light detected between breech and barrel face.

I installed the scope mount system and mounted a Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm scope on this rifle and as soon as the weather permits here in the frozen tundra, I'll post a range report. I purchased a box of factory WW 140 grain ammo and will use these to check for fit and function. After that I plan to handload some Hornady 139 grain SP Interlocks and some Speer 145 grain Hot-Cor bullets.

Range Report;
Let me preface this with the fact that this is preliminary and I just wanted to check out the Scout for fit and function. For this test I purchased Winchester Factory 140 grain soft point ammo. The range was my home bunker @100 yards. The temperature here in Cheeseville was 24 degrees. I eyeball boresighted the rifle and have a Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm w/ standard plex reticle mounted in the Dead On Factory supplied one piece mount and rings.

I fired a total of six shots to get the scope settings near the bullseye and then fired three more shots after I finished tweaking the scope settings. The Redfield preformed well and the scope adjustment indeed worked, as some have reported the adustments were finicky and non repeatable. I did not have those problems.

The cartridge inserted into the chamber fairly easily and extraction was positive after each shot with no troubles. The breeching lever was somewhat "stiffer" after the shot than before but worked 100%. Possibly this will work easier after a break in period as the case looked ok and primer was in the "usual" range as far as flatness goes, and the case dimension did not expand much either. The Crush Zone recoil pad made each shot kinda melt into your shoulder and recoil was not a factor. I suspect though that with the 7mm-08, recoil is not a factor even for a sub 6lb. rifle. Trigger pull was at 3.1 pounds on my RCBS trigger pull guage, and the trigger was smooth and crisp with no creep.

I posted some pics with this including my last 4 shots. The one in the white was the first shot , then I moved the scope again and fired the last three shots and I couldn't be more pleased. ( I'm not as efficient on the bench as I used to be) Further testing with W760 and Big Game propellants is to follow and hopefully a little better weather surfaces to facilitate better shooting conditions. I did not take my chronograph out but if the temp goes over 30 I'll get it out. While the weather doesn't always hold me back the cold keeps my Chrony on the sidelines.

I'm very happy with the weight, length and preformance of this rifle. Hopefully my handloads will shoot this good or better as ammo is $25 per box for this caliber.




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Old 02-22-2011, 04:33 PM
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Nice report! Thanks for all yor effort.

How did the scope height feel? Those rings look mighty high. I like my scope bell almost touching the barrel.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:33 AM
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The scope is a little higher than I like but the intregal scope mount is a one size fits all type of operation and will accomodate a much larger objective than the scope I used.

With the accuracy I'm getting I hate to mess with it though. A CVA scope rail and low rings could get the scope lower and I may try that in the future.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:10 PM
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Question CVA Scout

Just purchased scout 1 week ago. Handling is great and trigger pull is surprising at 3LB.The scope mount that comes with the rifle is solid but puts my scope a little higher than i prefer, Note that it will handle 50mm objective end so one size does fit all. I am shooting 243 reloads and accuracy is not saisfactory yet. Windage variation is only 1/4" for five shots. Verticle elevation is over 3" spread. I examed the fore end stock and I found a raised tit left from the injection molding process pushing up on the barrel at the very from of the stock. I have removed that raised tip and hope accuracy is improved. Handling is fast and all parts function perfectly. I am pleased with everything except the accuracy and hope to improve that.

After the next shooting session, I will report findings.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:59 AM
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Does anyone know if the barrel can be easily separated and reattached from the reciever? Not to change out barrels (CVA sez you can't), but to breakdown the rifle to carry in a backpack. Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:00 AM
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Updating my experience with the Scout. I like the rifle very much. For short range hunting of 150 yd or less it is perfect. Groups of 100 gr Hornady soft point vary only 1/2" horizontally and 2" vertically. Velocity is about 200 fps less than manufactures list. Great for training. Great handling in woods or blind. I had in mind using it as an antelope rifle for Wyoming but have changed my mind. The short bbl just does not give the max velocity for longer range hunting. I have both stocks with my rifle and that is a nice feature. Stocks can be changed easily depending on the length of pull wanted. The bbl can be removed but I have not had any need to do that. There are instruction on this procedure. Even tho I like the rifle, I will probably sell or trade for a long range rifle.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:59 PM
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Hunting with the cva scout

I am new to this forum so hopefully I will be of help to someone. I just read a question on the cva scout. I have some experience with this rifle, having purchased one last year at grice's in Pa. It was the stainless steal version with their scope base/ring set up and a Kronus scope. I chose the 7mm-08 configuration. Sighting in was short and sweet. Very accurate for a light weight rifle. It was a dream to carry in the woods. Took a nice 8 pt. buck last season with it . The shot was across a basin at over a 100 yrds. I think this gun will be great for kids getting into the deer hunting for the first time. The recoil was quite mild for a lite rifle.I think the 243 or the 7mm-08 would be good choices for the beginner.When my grandson comes of age to hunt big game, this rifle will be his.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:37 AM
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I have to add to my last reply when I said my sighting in was short and sweat. I did have six missfires out of a box 20 Remington corlocks. But even with this I was able to get the scout sighted in pretty quick.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:39 AM
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Has anyone target shot the scout rifle in the 200 yard plus range?... If so how did it perform?
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