Inline Muzzleloader and Warranties
Looking for info and or opinions on my situation. I have a CVA Optima Magnum .50 cal in-line and put a new scope on it a few weeks ago. I took it to the range to shoot the scope in with my cousin. When I was shooting, he noticed that smoke was coming out from under the Forend near where the hinge for the break action is. There was also a lot of powder residue under there and on the barrel in that area after shooting.
When I was cleaning it I pushed a patch down the barrel to push out the foaming bore cleaner that I had soaking. I was pushing toward the breech end with the plug removed and noticed the liquid running out from under the hinged area that is welded to the underside of the stainless barrel. It is the piece that hooks the barrel onto the receiver, but Iím not sure what to call it. It seemed odd to see liquid running out of there before getting the breech opening of the barrel.
Last week I called CVA to get their input and the rep I talked to said it sounded like there is a crack in the barrel under the welded on hinge. The Optima is advertised as having a Lifetime Warranty, so I assumed this is something that would be covered by the warranty. The rep told me that since my Optima was made in 2008 and was several years old it would not be covered under the warranty, because of the corrosiveness of Black Powder. He they would not be able to tell if the crack would have been cause by defect or neglect due to the time that passed from when the gun was made. When I asked about the lifetime warranty, then actually being a lifetime warranty but apparently for only so many years, he said he could understand my frustration. He said if I sent it in and they determined the barrel was indeed cracked, they might be able to give me 35% off on a new retail price muzzleloader or 20% off an on sale price muzzleloader. This is actually the same deal anyone can get for a normal functioning muzzleloader that is over 8 or 9 years old as part of CVAís trade in program. So really nothing would actually be being done as part of the lifetime warranty, in my opinion. I have yet to send in the gun in due to CVA being currently closed due to this virus outbreak, so they said wait until they reopen.
So after all this reading, has anyone experienced an issue like this. Would you all be happen with the discount that was potentially offered for a gun with a lifetime warranty? Am I expecting too much to have the gun replaced by CVA given the age of the gun? I will say I am totally confident that if I send it back they will clearly see if they are honest that the gun was not neglected and was thoroughly cleaned after shooting.
Last edited by jdhaines32; 03-23-2020 at 08:21 PM.