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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: N.E. Metro Detroit Region
Re: CVA Trophy Hunter
Stick with real blackpowder for now. Go to the sporting goods store and look for sabot/bullets in prepackages from either Traditions, CVA, T/C or Knight. You want 44 or 45-cal sabot/bullets between 240 and 300 grains. Buy two different kinds. Your CVA ML may be fussy over which one it likes - or may not be.
Start-off with 70 grains if it's 300 grain bullets. If it's 240/250 grain bullets, begin with 80 grains of powder. You want a semi-snug fit going down the bore, not a bullet with no resistance on the ramrod. You also don't want a bullet that creates a big struggle seating it.
Lastly, no grease, oil or bore butter in the barrel when loading. You want a dry barrel. 91% rubbing alcohol will remove all the storage oils. Fire three caps/primers before loading the first bullet. Swab lightly after each shot using that alcohol, followed by a dry patch. A small spray bottle will work best. Or you can grab the blue Windex from the kitchen. You don't want to clean the bore after each shot, just lightly wet swabbing, followed by dry patches.
Keep your nipple or breechplug clear. A medium-sized safety pin will help things there. Both ends of the breechplug must remain clear.