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#6301353 - 05/17/16 10:10 AM CVA Compact Single Shot
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Killing time at Cabelas yesterday I came across this CVA Hunter Compact Single Shot in .243 and 7mm-08. Almost went home with the '08 but couldn't pull the trigger (so to speak). I'm really in the market for something that would be a good backup 'truck gun' to let my buddy use, maybe down the road for my son or daughter to hunt with. Any insight on this gun? Looks like a pretty good deal for $200, I have nice guns, just want a cheap compact truck gun that's reliable and reasonably accurate.
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#6301504 - 05/17/16 11:55 AM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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From the reviews on the site, it looks like 1" groups are the norm. Length may be an issue since it's sized for smaller folks. May try one in 243....
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#6301594 - 05/17/16 01:12 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I have one in 243. Think I gave around $219 for the scoped combo at Dick's last year. Kids liked it. It is handy sized for adults also, I killed a couple doe with it. Shoots ok, granted all I did was load up a bunch of 100gr hornady sp in front of 40g of IMR 4350 and zero it at 50 yds for them. Decent trigger, feel like with some effort it would be moa no problem.

It would be on the list to buy again if I felt the need for another kid, truck, or spare gun, etc.
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#6301668 - 05/17/16 02:29 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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Sure looks like a cheaper version of the H&R Handi Rifle.
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#6301710 - 05/17/16 03:20 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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My dad has one in 7-08. I think he traded a bbq grill for it. His shoots really good.
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#6301712 - 05/17/16 03:21 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I have not owned a Handi Rifle, I have owned a couple of the single shot toppers. I'd say they are in the same class. Lots of favorable feedback on the internet plus a good friend of mine who is a gunsmith had positive things to say about the CVA are the 2 main reasons I bought one. That and the fact it was easy on the pocket book.
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#6301723 - 05/17/16 03:28 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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For ~$50-100 more you could get a used Ruger American or Compact American in .243 or 7mm-08 and not be handicapped by a single-shot/hammer rifle. If you bought the compact, the kids could shoot it and you could get the Standard stock when they grow. Savage Axis would be another option that wouldn't break the bank.
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#6302621 - 05/18/16 11:09 AM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
For ~$50-100 more you could get a used Ruger American or Compact American in .243 or 7mm-08 and not be handicapped by a single-shot/hammer rifle. If you bought the compact, the kids could shoot it and you could get the Standard stock when they grow. Savage Axis would be another option that wouldn't break the bank.


The American Ranch Rifle in .300BLK was the one I wanted forever. After researching the cost of getting a supressor, I'm pretty much over the blk. Next in line was the american compact in 7mm-08. Still really like it and was planning on picking one up when I came across the CVA single shot. The more I read about it the more I come to like it. It's nearly 4 inches shorter than the American Compact and sounds like it's the more accurate of the two. Repeat shots is not really a factor I'm looking at, just a good easy-to-handle truck gun I can beat up on and let people use without worrying.

Between my cabelas points and gift cards I'd be nearly $0 out of pocket on the CVA which is a big reason I'm interested.
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#6302696 - 05/18/16 12:10 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
For ~$50-100 more you could get a used Ruger American or Compact American in .243 or 7mm-08 and not be handicapped by a single-shot/hammer rifle. If you bought the compact, the kids could shoot it and you could get the Standard stock when they grow. Savage Axis would be another option that wouldn't break the bank.


The American Ranch Rifle in .300BLK was the one I wanted forever. After researching the cost of getting a supressor, I'm pretty much over the blk. Next in line was the american compact in 7mm-08. Still really like it and was planning on picking one up when I came across the CVA single shot. The more I read about it the more I come to like it. It's nearly 4 inches shorter than the American Compact and sounds like it's the more accurate of the two. Repeat shots is not really a factor I'm looking at, just a good easy-to-handle truck gun I can beat up on and let people use without worrying.

Between my cabelas points and gift cards I'd be nearly $0 out of pocket on the CVA which is a big reason I'm interested.


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#6303177 - 05/18/16 07:14 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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When the CVA single shot works, it works well - but they do not always work.

A customer brought one in recently, telling me that his would open when he fired it. The lockup was so uncertain that I could open the gun by slapping downward on the barrel without touching the release.

Researching the problem on the web, I discovered that it was not an uncommon problem, and that parts etc. were not easily available. - On the bright side, CVA has a system in place for sending the gun in. The story is that in most instances, they just send back another gun instead of trying to repair them. They are manufactured in Spain.

So, owners are either very happy, or not happy at all. The ones with no problems are, by all accounts, accurate and reliable guns. Turn-around time for warranty work at the time I had this gun in my shop was two months. That kind of thing varies, though. It could be more, or less by now.

I would not buy a used one, or buy one on-line. If I could not test the lock-up, I would pass on the CVA single-shot. If I could test the lock-up and found it to be solid, I would not hesitate to buy one, as the good ones are said to be very good.

If the seller does not want you to close the action, and then slap downward on the barrel to be sure that it stays locked up, then I would let them keep it.


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#6303463 - 05/19/16 12:09 AM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I had a cva in 30-06 back in the day, slayed a truckload of deer with federal blue box 180gr sp's

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#6304041 - 05/19/16 12:30 PM Re: CVA Compact Single Shot [Re: charlesb]
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Originally Posted By: charlesb
When the CVA single shot works, it works well - but they do not always work.

A customer brought one in recently, telling me that his would open when he fired it. The lockup was so uncertain that I could open the gun by slapping downward on the barrel without touching the release.

Researching the problem on the web, I discovered that it was not an uncommon problem, and that parts etc. were not easily available. - On the bright side, CVA has a system in place for sending the gun in. The story is that in most instances, they just send back another gun instead of trying to repair them. They are manufactured in Spain.

So, owners are either very happy, or not happy at all. The ones with no problems are, by all accounts, accurate and reliable guns. Turn-around time for warranty work at the time I had this gun in my shop was two months. That kind of thing varies, though. It could be more, or less by now.

I would not buy a used one, or buy one on-line. If I could not test the lock-up, I would pass on the CVA single-shot. If I could test the lock-up and found it to be solid, I would not hesitate to buy one, as the good ones are said to be very good.

If the seller does not want you to close the action, and then slap downward on the barrel to be sure that it stays locked up, then I would let them keep it.


This is the kind of info I was looking for thanks! They let you do whatever at cabelas so I'll bang on it a little next time I'm in there
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