A few years ago, I worked for one of the major outdoor retailers and we were putting on a “demo day” for some of the folks that didn’t have a lot of experience with the outdoors. We had a selection of the products we sold and had set up areas for the folks to go to so they got a taste of the life and maybe found some new hobbies. One of the areas we had was a muzzleloader selection of several popular guns. The buyer for black powder had sent along a new gun that had just come in and we kind of forgot to use it until afterwards when it was just a bunch of us playing around. Some one commented that we forgot to try out the new CVA gun and so we got out the Wolf.
At the time, the Wolf was a new entry into the muzzleloader market. It was very inexpensive but had many of the features of the Optima, CVA’s top of the line at the time. It is a break-action inline and is similar to the Thompson Center Omega, which was the big buzz at the time. A few comments went around dismissing the Wolf as a lowly gun, but then something magical happened. We shot it. The first shot, right out of the box smacked the bullseye at 100 yards. Several more repeated shots gave the same result and soon, everyone was buzzing about the Wolf.
Now even though we all came away with a higher amount of respect for the CVA Wolf, I didn’t rush to buy one. I had a very expensive muzzleloader and didn’t see the need for another. Then I moved to a state where we had to use open sights for black powder season. My gun has a scope so I either needed a new scope, or a new muzzleloader. Hmmm, an excuse to buy a new gun? Okay, twist my arm. I knew right what to buy too.
The CVA Wolf Magnum is a 50-caliber inline with a 24-inch barrel and DuraSight® all metal fiber-optic sights. The gun uses a stainless steel removable 209 breech plug for using the 209 shotshell primer ignition that is the industry standard these days. It is drilled and tapped for scope mounts although, like I said, I keep it scope free for my area. It has a CVA CrushZone recoil pad and a 14.43” length of pull. The gun weighs in around seven pounds and is a nice carrying rifle for those late seasons when you’re hoofing through heavy snow.
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This gun is a nice addition to any hunter’s arsenal. The gun doesn’t cost a fraction of many of the top of the line models, yet does just about anything you could ask. I got mine for about $150. It is accurate enough for hunting and although there are more accurate rifles out there, you’ll pay more than $150 for them, believe me. I shoot 325-grain Powerbelt Platinum bullets with 150 grains of Triple7 power and Triple 7 209 primers. It has never failed to fire and it good for anything out to 150-175 yards and maybe more.
If you want to get a muzzleloader to take advantage of the extended seasons, or just want to get back to a more primitive style of hunting, the Wolf Magnum is a great way to get into it without breaking the bank. In fact, I can see no reason not to get one. I have a friend who used that excuse and after shooting my Wolf, he went and bought one. So come on, join the Wolf pack. It is a howling good deal on a howling good rifle.