Each state has its own requirements for hunting muzzleloaders. While most today allow optics, sabot bullets, shotgun primers, and in-line construction, there is a handful of states that put strict restrictions on what can be used in the “primitive arms” hunting seasons.
Pennsylvania, for instance, allows only flintlocks with no optics in their post-Christmas season, although all manner of in-lines, scopes, propellants, etc., are acceptable when using a muzzleloader in the state’s firearms seasons.
Colorado has long restricted bullets, optics and propellants in its muzzleloader seasons, and Washington, Oregon and Idaho require open-breech ignition systems.
CVA this year introduced a Northwest Ignition System on their Accura V2, Optima V2 and Wolf break-action models that makes them legal in those three states.
The guns are virtually identical to the previous offerings, but have a modified breech plug and ignition system that enables them to meet the requirements of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
The new system features a modified version of its Quick Release Breech Plug design – which is finger removable even after multiple firings. The new plug has four milled windows around the gripping surface, which renders the ignition “open to the elements” as required per the muzzleloading regulations of the three northwest states. It also features an integral nipple, which is designed for use with traditional Musket Cap primers. The face of the plug is also funnel shaped for more reliable ignition with loose propellants.
The guns’ firing pin is sized specifically for musket caps and a stronger firing pin spring provides fast and reliable ignition.