View Full Version : .45 caliber Hawken replica, which projectile?

December 24, 2008, 02:55 AM
My dad has a 1970s-vintage CVA Hawken kit he assembled into a beautiful rifle, but has never fired it. He's recently expressed interest in finally making smoke with it, and asked for my assistance.

It's a .45 caliber percussion model, and I'm trying to teach him the technique of finding that gun's rate of twist using the ramrod.

In the meantime, does anybody here remember what CVA used for a rate of twist in their .45 Hawken barrels?

I'm initially disposed to thinking it'll be good for patched round balls, and little else.

It's probably too slow a twist for sabots, and Minies? Dunno... :o

December 24, 2008, 06:43 AM
Both my .50 cal CVA Hawken and .45 cal CVA Kentucky rifles have a 1:48" ROT.

December 24, 2008, 07:21 AM
It's either 1:66 or 1:48. I've read the older CVA's were all 1:66 but can't determine if this is true or not. Also can't determine when "older" stops and the 1:48 came into use with CVA. My .54 CVA barrel is 1:66. My FIL's .50 CVA is 1:48. Best is to measure it. Second best is try some and see how they shoot. FWIW I tried sabots in my 50 1:48 back when they first came out and they tumbled but maybe they're better now.

December 24, 2008, 11:57 AM
Have seen many a fine early CVA's and there was a transition period when they went to 1:48. If it were mine, I'd stick with PRB or at least start out that way. Then if you are mind to, try some Sabots or conicals later. I guarantee you will like the way it shoots thore round balls. Would suggest you do a good cleaning and seasoning. Enjoy your new adventure.

Be Safe !!!

December 24, 2008, 04:04 PM
stick with the patched round ball, and between 50-60gr. of fffg. and go and have a good time!

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December 25, 2008, 06:37 PM
Another vote for seasoning and PRB;).

4V50 Gary
December 27, 2008, 11:29 AM
Keep it simple. Patched round ball.

Hoss Fly
December 27, 2008, 01:00 PM
If your just shootin it for fun stay with the PRB's:cool:
Much more fun & MUCH cheaper :rolleyes:
If it was me i'd start with bout 40grs & work on to a load IT likes:D
Main thang is have fun with'er........................

December 27, 2008, 04:50 PM
Patched round ball.