The .45 caliber muzzleloader is often the preferred rifle of the more-advanced blackpowder hunter, who really understands the effectiveness of that bullet at different ranges. But for some reason, the .45 caliber blackpowder rifles never really have caught-on and become popular with the vast majority of muzzleloading hunters. One of the main reasons that the .45 caliber never really has taken hold in the blackpowder market is due to the “Jeremiah Johnson” movie, which established the .50 caliber Hawken style rifle as THE muzzleloading gun. Often, no-other rifle will do for many hunters. A vast number of hunters believe that the .50 caliber is the only caliber that blackpowder hunters should shoot. Ever since the “Jeremiah Johnson” movie, the .50 caliber blackpowder rifle has ruled the blackpowder industry. But CVA makes .45 caliber in the APEX and ACCURA rifles. So, rather than trying to preach the gospel of the superior performance of the .45 caliber bullet over the .50 caliber, CVA has decided that if .50 caliber rifles are what their customers want, then .50 caliber rifles are what the company will build. However, CVA still keeps the .45 caliber in its line and offers the .45 caliber PowerBelt bullet in its accessory line for the hunters who have tested and tried the .45 caliber and like it. Also, Bergara Barrels makes a .45 caliber barrel for the CVA Apex .
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