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RUSTED!!! CVA Optima

Old 11-05-2013, 02:47 AM
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Default RUSTED!!! CVA Optima

Ok... I have been shooting my TC Omega for several years & love it... so I am not new to this...

But my cousin in just getting into hunting... after he killed a nice bukc w/ my gun last year.... So I was checking the local pawn shop for some deals... they have a decent optima that I am considering for $120... but then he reaches behind the counter & pulls out this Nickel Optima w/ synthetic stock.... and the outside of the barrel is pretty pitted... so I pull the breech plug & look down the barrel & it looked pretty crusty... couldn't tell much with the low light in the shop...

He told me I could have it for $20.... wondering if it would be possible to bring this "project" back from the dead??? Or if it's a lost cause that I should walk away from???
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:59 AM
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No way to tell until you buy it and try to clean up...

A hundred strokes with JB Bore Paste can to wonders though...

It may group 3 inches at 100 yards vs 1 1/2...If ranges are within 100, it will
be a cheap deal...

Heck, the stock and extra parts are worth a 20...
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:35 AM
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Pass on the gun. Dealing with a badly rusty gun is not worth the hassle.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:57 AM
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If the optima for a 120 has a good barrel buy it .
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:12 AM
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buy both guns. order a new barrel for the rusty one and sell one of them to your cousin. problem solved.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:29 AM
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Offer him $120 for both guns. Then you can't lose.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:00 AM
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I would look the gun over real close. But for 20 bucks.. if the trigger and hammer work good.. and you can get the breech plug out, well as I used to say, I left more money then that in a urinal on a good time Friday night.

I would get it as a project gun. Scrub the barrel down, if necessary a mild lapp of the barrel would help. It might be a short range shooter, say 75 yards or less, but it would be fun to have for part if anything else.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:14 AM
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Just thinking that maybe and optima elite for 20 if so you can buy any cal barrel for the gun.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:43 AM
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What I would do in that situation is try for a good price on both guns like 110 the strip the rusty one and soak all the parts in Evapo-Rust and clean them up then polish the mating surfaces and order a new barrel for it with a bit of polishing it should be usable or saleable.
I would not try to force the action to work as you might damage parts, once it's cleaned up then you will be able to see what is needed if anything.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyHildo View Post
buy both guns. order a new barrel for the rusty one and sell one of them to your cousin. problem solved.
Really not that simple. You have as much as a new gun by just buying the barrel from CVA. They sent me a Version 1 Accura frame for a Version 2 one time. They told me that I could keep the wrong frame. I thought well I wonder if I could just get a barrel and stock for this frame so I called them up. When they told me the price I laughed and asked them if they were mistaken. I could of got a brand new version 2 accura for what they wanted for the version 1 barrel and stock. I suspect you would not be ahead by just getting a barrel but you never know I guess.
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