It’s funny – I hadn’t yet shot the popular 6.5 Creedmoor until this spring. Now I’ve shot three different models, including the brand new Cascade from CVA. For the purposes of this test we topped the rifle with an X3 Conquer from Riton Optics. This new offering from CVA comes in a number of popular calibers. The MSRP of the rifle I shot was $657.95
“The CASCADE™ is CVA’s first ever bolt-action centerfire rifle. Long the leader in both muzzle-loading rifles and single-shot centerfires, CVA has applied it’s nearly 50 years of experience into making what we feel to be the best bolt-action on the market at $600 or below.
The CASCADE’s 4140 carbon steel barrel is finished in a rich, matte blue or available in Cerakote® Flat Dark Earth. The series features a threaded muzzle, making it ready for a brake or suppressor whenever you are. The bolt design incorporates a 70° throw for smooth and fast operation, plus generous scope clearance. The two-position safety is conveniently located for natural and instantaneous operation. And loading is a breeze with its four-round, flush-fit, detachable magazine (extra magazines available from CVA).”
Here are the specs and some other info from the CVA website:
42.5” Overall Length
6.85 lbs. Total Weight
Threaded muzzle 5/8 x 24
70° Bolt throw
Flush fit, detachable magazine
Synthetic stock with fiber-glass reinforcement in either charcoal gray or Veil Wideland™
SoftTouch finish on stock
Adjustable length of pull
Dual front swivel studs
Compatible with all mounts built for the Savage® 110 AccuTrigger™ models
4140 Barrel finished in Blued or FDE Cerakote™
14 Day Money Back Guarantee
SCOPE NOT INCLUDED
So cutting to the chase. The rifle shot well, and was on par with rifles in similar price ranges from other manufacturers. Where this rifle out-competes other manufacturers is it just looks cool. This is a sharp-looking rifle. From the stock in Veil Wideland camo, to the bronze cerakoted barrel, it is a nice-looking rifle.I liked the trigger on this rifle – pretty smooth, especially at this price point. The barrel is threaded which is nice if you want to add a brake or suppressor. Bolt tolerance is what you might expect for a rifle in this price range, maybe a little tighter than most. It functioned nicely with no feeding issues.
The rifle shot MOA out of the box using Match ammo from Hornady. This was with no fiddling. Just checking zero on the scope and getting rounds on paper.
Oddly, the barrel isn’t fluted which seems almost standard these days. That being said, it didn’t seem to affect performance. An afternoon at the range is pretty warm temps didn’t expose any performance issues indicative of an overly warm barrel. I love the stock. Not only does it look great but it is made of a good material that isn’t as mushy as Hogue, but isn’t hard plastic.The rifle felt a little heavier than the actual weight, but I had a pretty big scope on it so that was probably the main factor. The stock comes with a spacer so it can be adjusted to fit smaller shooters. The bolt release was functional and nicely located. One nice feature of the rifle is two studs on the forestock which allow for a sling and a bipod.
So overall, I liked this rifle. It shot well and functioned well. I hate to call a product “average” but none of the features, functions or components were the worst of comparable products, but nor were they the best. They were middle-of-the-pack, and that means “good”. This rifle’s strength is in its appearance – it is a nice, nice-looking rifle that you won’t be afraid to take into the field. It will hold up well. It doesn’t come with a scope and you can certainly find combo packages that are a similar or slightly lower price point. All in all, if you bought this rifle, you’d be getting a nice rifle that shoots well. It would be a personal choice as to if you wanted to pay a little extra for a rifle that looks so damned cool!