CVA has been our go-to brand for all of our muzzleloader hunts for well over a decade. Their precision and attention to detail makes them an easy choice. When they announced they would be entering the bolt-action rifle market and doing it with an unbelievable price tag, we stood up and took notice.
We recently got our hands on one in 6.5 Creedmoor and it’s proven to be nothing short of spectacular for a rifle that is priced just below $500.
The Cascade comes with a synthetic stock that is fiberglass reinforced and has a SoftTouch finish that is easy to grip. It has a great recoil pad and spacers, which allow you to adjust the rifle from a 13” pull out to 14”. This is ideal when you are purchasing a first rifle for a youngster who needs a shorter stock. You can add the spacer back in as they grow instead of having to purchase a new stock or a new rifle. It comes with two front sling swivel posts, usually only seen on higher dollar rifles, which allows you to leave your bipod and sling attached.
The barrel of this little dynamo is 22” long, made of 4140 carbon steel, and is finished in a rich matte blue. It has a threaded muzzle to accommodate a suppressor or muzzle-brake. This is another feature you don’t usually see on rifles in this pricepoint. The barrel is free-floating and so far, our shooting has delivered consistent sub-MOA accuracy. These barrels are produced at their factory in Bergara, Spain and endure the same rigorous testing that goes into all their top muzzleloaders. The bolt incorporates a 70° throw which gives you extremely fast and smooth action and also provides plenty of scope clearance. The bolt is of a 3-lug design and our initial testing shows that it is very solid. The trigger assembly is adjustable and comes preset at about 3 pounds. It has a range of between 2 to 4 pounds and regardless of where you have it set, it has no creep and a very crisp break.
This rifle is extremely impressive across the board and not just for a $500 rifle, as it consistently shoots sub-MOA groups at 200 yards and well beyond. Check out the complete video review.
When mounting your scope, be aware that you need to utilize a Savage Accutrigger, two-piece setup like Talleys. If you want to utilize a standard or 20-MOA Picatinny rail, I recommend that you order it direct from CVA as the rail for the Savage Accutrigger version is too long.
Check them out at your local Sportsman's Warehouse today!