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CVA Bobcat Refinish

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:19 pm
by luv2bowhunt
Hey all, new guy here. Thought I would post some pics of a CVA Bobcat that I just finished up. I got the idea of the etched barrel from here, so I owe you guys a big thanks for sharing your knowledge! This is the first gun refinish that I have ever done. I have refinished a few recurves and longbows over the past several years, but adding the metal work was new to me.

I picked up the gun at a consignment store. The barrel needed some serious cleaning, but it look pretty good. The last few inches have some pitting, but it still shoots good. I took her out to shoot for the first time this afternoon. I was keeping 3" groups at 50 yards with 80 Grains of Goex FFg behind a patched round ball. I think I can get better with some practice, it has been a LONG time since I have shot with open sights :shock:

And please don't bash me for the fiber optic sights... that's all I could find locally and I wanted to shoot her today! I need to order up some nice looking ones here soon. I also learned that I need to work on my inletting skills!

Anyways, here are some pictures, let me know what you think and what I can work on to make the next one better:






And here is a good before and after pic:


Re: CVA Bobcat Refinish

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:58 am
by jcporter@work
I would say you did pretty good on the inletting from the photos. I have one like that and plan on restocking it for my granddaughter as soon as I finish a few other projects.

Re: CVA Bobcat Refinish

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:53 am
by Captchee
Welcome .
. looks like you did a good job from the photos .
next time i would recommend studying the architecture of originals rifles .
Take not of things like how the lock and side plate mortises are shaped . How the Barrel to wrist and wrist to butt stock transform. Then try and incoprate that into your shaping .

But for your first go , I would say you did fine .
Inletting will come with time

Re: CVA Bobcat Refinish

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:29 pm
by luv2bowhunt
Thanks guys. I will have to start doing some researching on the older guns and work up from there.

I can see a new hobby forming here :)

Re: CVA Bobcat Refinish

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:19 am
by LadyHawk
Way to go :applaud: Love that broadhead collection!!

Re: CVA Bobcat Refinish

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:46 am
by luv2bowhunt
Thanks Ladyhawk! That broadhead collection is a work in progress, need to get a lot more :D I don't think my bobcat turned out as nice as yours, your looks awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration to tackle this project.