OK, I know a “pistol” is properly a semi-auto, but CVA markets this single shot muzzle loader as such, so who am I to differ?
When trying to get a deer this season with my Mossberg 500 pump muzzle loader conversion, I again thought it would be “nice” to try a break open ML with a removable breech plug. This feature not only makes good cleaning of the barrel and breech areas easier, but allows for unloading the gun from the breech end, instead of having to shoot a load out. As I once accidently loaded my Mossberg in incorrect order, putting the bullet in before the powder pellets, this would have been a great feature to have on that gun at the time!
Finally got to shoot this firearm, and I like it. As a start point, I obtained some 30 gr Triple 7 pellets, and loaded one of these with a 50 gr pellet, to give a charge of 80 gr. Did not have the time to chrono the load, but it was not unpleasant to shoot, although it did knock my un-padded elbow against the shooting table. After bore sighting at home, the hit – with a 292 gr cast lead bullet – was about 3″ high at 25 yards. Certainly as close as bore sighting usually gets! If this load chronos around 1000 fps, this may be the one I end up using.