Connecticut Valley Arms, more affectionately known by enthusiasts as CVA since its 1971 founding, has an enviable reputation for creating firearms with the kind of accuracy that defies price point. They’re built in Bergara, Spain, a region renowned for its gunmaking for hundreds of years. With that kind of expertise gathering in its factory every work day, combined with cutting-edge machining and precision engineering, it’s little wonder the firm’s products have caught the attention of gun owners.
The company may be best known for its tack-driving muzzleloaders and, most recently, bolt actions, but its single shots reflect the same quality found throughout all of its lines. Firearm enthusiasts have taken note, and the CVA Hunter ranked No. 6 among the single shots sold by retailers on GunBroker.com last year.
Unfortunately, the Hunter was discontinued for 2020 and was replaced in the line by the Scout. CVA still lists the Hunter .45-70 Gov’t-chambered Blued with Black Stock model as available from the company, while supplies last, undoubtedly.
As with all Hunter models, a DuraSight rail on the receiver ensures headache-free optic mounting, controls are fully ambidextrous and each have a reversible cocking spur. They come with a CrushZone recoil pad, extractor and they’re covered by the company’s lifetime warrantee. If you’re lucky you might find a used model or a dealer with remaining inventory of these rifles chambered in .243 Win., .44 Mag., .35 Whelen.
The available-for-now model, the Blued with Black Stock, is chambered for .45-70 Gov’t and has a blued steel barrel that measures 25-inches. Twist rate is 1:20. It tips the scales at 8 pounds and overall length is 41 inches. Length of pull comes in at 14 inches. The composite stock is black and MSRP is $286.50—while they last.