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I've started a thread about these guns launched by a post of James Gates on another thread.  His post is as follows:

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By The Way....CVA has a little light .50 cal. out now called the "Bobcat" with a 1 in 48" twist...Cissey shoots one with .495" rb and 70 grains of FFg. What's great about the little gun is it is super accurate! It does not look so great, but for around &#3675.00 at Walmart?<!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo--> The rifle weighs about like a M1 Carbine.

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I too have been impressed by these little synthetic stocked ugly-smokepoles.   No they are nothing to look at, but they are nearly indestructable, and weigh next to nothing.   Locally here at Wal-Mart in Sandpoint, Idaho, I've seen them for &#3664 and change!  A whole lot of gun for the money.

A local fellow I know here has hunted exclusively with one for deer and elk for the last five years.   He went through some really hard times, filed bankrupcy, and lost all his guns in the process.   That fall he had nothing to go hunting with!  He scrounged up the cash to go buy one of those Bobcats on sale at Wal-mart at the time, I think he said he paid just at &#3660 for it brand new.   Having previously owned several very nice, authentic reproduction guns, this was almost an abomination to him, but he had all the accessory items for it, and off he went to the woods opening day of deer season.

In the Idaho Panhandle, we are limited to one whitetail deer per year.   So far Ed  has gone five for five, all on opening day with that little CVA Bobcat!  Although he now has a few more guns than he did not too long ago, and he is once again in better financial condition, he still hunts with his "ugly-stick".   That little &#3660 gun has filled the freezer reliably for five years for him!  What more could one ask?

It's nice to know that a fellow can get introduced to the world of muzzle-loading for such a small cash outlay, and still have a piece of equipment that can be relied upon!

Best to all,

Marshall
 

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I ended up with a Bobcat in a trade.I had a T/C lock and stock and a friend who wanted to trade a Renegade for it. I didn't think it would be a fare trade for him, the renegade was new and worth a lot more than the stock I had. A few day's later I get home and there's this toy muzzleloader sitting on my front porch. First I almost thought it was a joke but after handleing it it kind of grew on me. I took it to the range next time I went,it shoot's better than anything I had and also shoot's anything you feed it good. the rifle is short ,light and ugly but it does as good a job or better than any muzzleloader I have owned. Now Im in the market for another rifle ,my daughter decided it grew on her to and is using it this season....
 

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Well Hello, Dick...I'm glad you did come over and join us. We need more ML's on the Forum....For the rest of the guys..Dick is an old friend of mine from South Florida and is a top notch fellow!!!!Dick owns a bait and tackle in Ruskin, Florida. He also likes to come to my "feeds"!
As you may remember Dick, I bought the little rifle from Bill Marney for Cissey to use. What surprised Bill and I is it shoots about everything you cram down its barrel! Cissey shoots a .495 Rb with 70 grs of Elephant Brand FFg...don't get in a match with her! The RB is a little light for hogs maybe, but works great on deer out to 75 yards or so. Last year we tried some of Marshall's .44 250 gr LFN GC's with Hornady Green Sabots and 70 grs FFg. The darn little rifle cuts cloverleafs with it. There was one deer killed with that load. When the fellows know you are shootig a .44 rifle and pistol, you will be right at home.
Really...I'm glad you came aboard. Another Cracker is always welcome( and needed). I think some of the fellows don't think a real Florida Razorback is a bad critter to deal with, but you and I know better, don't we!
Best Regards, James Clyde Gates
 

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Hey James   Im glad you let me know about this forum, I like being able to talk about hunting without the other distraction's. Well as you know I do a lot of bow hunting around here for hog's . I can tell you some close call's with a few big hog's not to far from home.
 I got to tell you a stort about the CVA Bobcat. My oldest daughter is 12 ,she does a lot of hunting with me usually carring the video cam . Well one afternoon I took he to the range with my 700ML to work on a load and she brought along the bobcat . I thought it would be perfect, she would be shooting her own rifle and I could get some quiet time to work on mine. She is a good shot and know's as much about shooting a muzzleloader and safety as I do.She was shooing away and I really wasn't paying much attention before a couple friend's of mine were over with her talking.
Meanwhile my rifle is driving me nut's(that's why I no Longer own It),she's over there shooting one single ragged hole group's at 50yds with open sight's(young eyes) and got bored so she started picking out letter's and number's on the target to shoot out. When I finally caught on what was going on the guy's they were telling her what to shoot at and watching instead of shooting.About now Im just about ready to give my rifle away because of all the ragging Im getting about my shooting and now Ben the owner of the gun shop is out there on me to. Megan (my daughter ) get's her target and come's over to show me ,she had used the bullseye for a nose and shot a happy face on it to. Well needless to say the Remmington is gone and I think Im going to be running the video cam this season..
 
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