CVA Hunter 45/70 Conversion

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  1. Jan 2, 2019 #1

    UTGrad

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    I just bought a CVA Scout V2 in 45/70 that I do not want to convert. I am considering getting a less expensive CVA Hunter in 45/70 and sending off to Hankins for the conversion. Has anyone converted a CVA Hunter to smokeless?

    Also I have several 250 grain .45 caliber Hornady SST and Barnes T-EZ bullets for my regular .50 caliber muzzleloader. Will these be my best bet in a smokeless conversion shot as a full bore or will I do better shooting a .40 cal saboted round?
     
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    If you get a adjustable sizing die, just about any .451-.452 bullet will work. Some bullets are just easier to get to shoot than others. Bullets like a Parker BE is pretty much grab a bottle of 4198 and go for it. They often load and shoot fine from pack to bore. Solid coopers like Barnes can be more challenging. You may need to smack them harder with a duplex and use a wad.

    Hankins has a few videos on Youtube of the Hunter conversions and lots of guys seem to like them for the money. I highly recommend an adjustable die if you want to play with sabotless. It will save you tons of time and headaches.
     
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    Is going the sabot route easier?


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    Easier as far as no sizing needed but you simply wont know for sure without knowing the land to land size. If the land to land is too large the Harvester sabots will be too loose and MMP sabots for 45cal dont hold up as well to smokeless. So you would need to get oversized 40cals like the Pittmann 402s or knurl up bullets like the SST or Barnes 195s.

    The adjustable die is sorta pricey but once you get the hang of sizing for your barrel its not hard. Plus like i said, some bullets just might load straight from the pack. The Parker BEs often do in 45/70 conversions.
     
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    Get a smooth sizing die. Since I live and hunt in a state with a .44 projectile minimum, getting the sizing die was a no-brainer for me but after shooting smooth sized 45 bullets, I can't imagine going back to a sabot. I think it is much easier to properly size the bullets than to find the proper fitting sabot bullet combination. Also, if you shoot at the range, you won't spend time waiting for your barrel to cool because you don't have to worry about heat affecting a sabot. The Parker 275 & 300 BE, Fury 275 & 300 Star Tip and 275 300 Star Tip 2 bullets, to name a few, all size very easily, are extremely accurate and devastating on game.
     

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