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CVA 50 cal. as shotgun

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elturi

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does anybody has used a 50 cal as a shotgun. I have a CVA 50 cal and I wonder if I can use lead shoot to hunt rabbits.
 

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Caliber is not the problem, rifling is.
A rifled gun makes a terrible shotgun'
I have spent years experimenting with muzzleloaders and modern guns with rifled barres and shot. .45 , .50, 58, 38, .22 .44. .45. calibers.
Nothing but a waste of time if your gun has rifling. Remove the rifling and you have a serious rabbit killer.
Bobby Hoyt will remove the rifling, but not on a CVA due to their breech plug design.
 

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If you can catch the rabbit with the edge of your doughnut pattern you might get one or two at veery close range.
 

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There are a couple of videos on youtube shooting shot from a muzzleloader. One by Dave Canterbury. You can do it but it is more a survival scenario. If you have the rifling removed, let us know who did it or how it was done.
 

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Buy a shotgun!
That would be the most sensible thing.
Even if you had a 50 cal with a smooth bore you probably wouldn't be able to swing it fast enough to hit a running rabbit anyway if you are bunny busting. Sitting rabbits you can rifle with a ball.
 

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Plenty of rabbits were taken with .410 shotguns. I can see why you might want to try this, but if its safe to use ball on your land that's the way to go.
 

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Come to think of it, boring the damn thing out would improve mine.
 

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Unfortunately boring out a CVA with its interlocking breech system is not a basis that is accepted for boring out to a different caliber.
 

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