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PostSubject: cva kentucky rifle question   March 27th 2015, 11:35 pm

An old friend of mine had given me a CVA Kentucky Rifle(caplock). He had the rifle in his gun safe for the last 30 years. Its in excellent condition. I dont know if it was a kit gun or factory. If it is a kit, the builder was definately a craftsman. The fit and finnish is very well done and proffesional. The barrel and lock are browned and has a nice patina aged look. The Brass furniture has a nice aged look as well. All that was needed was a good general cleaning. The Bore is bright and shiney, looks like it hasnt been shot much. I dont know what kind of wood the stock is made of but its very attractive with no knicks ,dents or scratches. Its a two piece stock with a thin brass devider holding the stock together. It has a semi buckhorn rear sight and a copper bladed front sight set in a iron base. The Barrel has no proof marks or who made it. No made in Spain or U.S.A. on it. The only markings on the barrel is: Connecticut Valley Arms Inc. and the serial number# 00242. The barrel and tang are one piece. The barrel is held in the stock by the tang bolt going through the stock into the triggerplate and at the front by the nosecap having two screws that go underneath through the nosecap through the stock and into the barrel. No wedge keys or pins. The way they designed it the barrel fits solid and tight in the stock with no play. This is a very early CVA Kentucky Rifle. My friends dad owned it for years before giving it to my friend who was not into blackpowder shooting so it set in his safe for about 30 years. He knew I was all about blackpowder shooting and wanted to give the rifle a good home and there it is! I now own a nice old CVA Kentucky Rifle. I will send pictures when my son inlaw shows me how to post them on the computer. From what you heard how old do you think that this rifle could be?
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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 7:29 am

Well, you know it's over 30 years old.  Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 8:15 am

A lot of those 2 piece stocked 'long rifles' were made in Italy and have a stamp on the barrel PR and/or FIE. FIE was the importer. If yours is one of these, it was very inexpensive back in the day. They usually sell now for <$100.

The one I have has a bad bore but still shoots good groups with a PRB at 50 yards. Mine is pretty darn heavy too.

What caliber is yours? Mine is a .45.

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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 10:21 am

nah if its cva, jukar or dikar made it. CVA rarely even went to italy to make it as spain is big with steel/gun making.

Sounds like you got a good rifle! Especially in that kind of shape.
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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 10:35 am

I believe the Italian version is the Traditions gun now, or is it the CVA that's the Traditions now?

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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 11:07 am

traditions are made in ardessa spain.
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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 11:48 am

That didn't answer the question. Isn't the old CVA Kentucky the Traditions Kentucky now?

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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 12:15 pm

Its a 45 cal. I looked underneath the barrel and there is no markings there either. The only markings are on the left flat just behind the rear sight saying: Connecticut Valley Arms Inc. 45 Cal. 00242.
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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 28th 2015, 2:10 pm

Yeah its a traditions now.

Sound like it was a kit rifle from seeing that serial number. Explains why its so nice!
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PostSubject: Early CVA Kentucky Rifle   March 29th 2015, 9:29 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I will continue to research her. I dont know how much it could be worth if not much at all but that does not matter. She's a keeper and Im going to shoot the heck out of her! The rifle has been sitting around way to long and Im going to bring her back to life.
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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   March 30th 2015, 7:34 am

I mentioned the Traditions deal in case you need parts. It might be harder to find CVA parts.

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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   April 8th 2015, 3:22 pm

I bought one in Nov 69 CVA said they came out with guns in 70
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PostSubject: Re: cva kentucky rifle question   April 8th 2015, 4:55 pm

Hunting savage, its most likely a Jukar if it was 1969.
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