CVA Paramount HTR Muzzleloader in 40 and 45 Calibers

Luke C.
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Paramount HTR Muzzle Loader in 40 and 45 Caliber from CVA

CVA specializes in traditional side-lock muzzleloading firearms like their already popular Optima series of muzzleloading rifles and pistols. New for 2021 is the CVA Paramount HTR with ballistics that is comparable to a 300 Win Mag. The Paramount also features some great high-quality components and boasts sub-moa accuracy at 300 yards and beyond.

Paramount HTR Muzzle Loader in 40 and 45 Caliber from CVA

CVA Paramount HTR Muzzleloader in 40 and 45 Calibers

The CVA Paramount HTR comes with a carbon fiber stock with an adjustable cheekpiece, Bergara free-floated barrel, and a Variflame breech plug/ignition.

The Paramount HTR is the new addition to the PARAMOUNT Series for 2021, and it will be offered in both .40 and .45 calibers. Like all of the Paramount models, the HTR is designed to handle “super-magnum” propellant charges up to 170 grains by volume (119 by weight) of Blackhorn® 209. Therefore, the Paramount HTR can provide muzzle velocities comparable to centerfire rifles. Paired with PowerBelt ELR 225 grain .40 caliber or 285 grain .45 caliber bullets, which were specially designed for the PARAMOUNT™, the HTR can produce muzzle velocities previously thought unattainable from a muzzleloader — like 2850 FPS in the .40 and 2475 FPS in the .45, which are comparable velocities to a .300 Win Mag and a .308, respectively. But speed is worth nothing without the accuracy to put those shots where they belong, and with its nitride treated, stainless steel Bergara® barrel, sub-MOA groups are easily attainable. Unlike the original Paramount, the HTR (which stands for “Hunter”) has a more hunting-oriented stock design, and it is dipped in the new Realtree Hillside camo pattern for excellent concealment capability in a variety of terrains. While this stock is slightly lighter than that of the original PARAMOUNT, it still has an adjustable comb for perfect eye-to-optic alignment and the internal aluminum chassis that provides a rock-solid foundation for the action and free-floating barrel. Truly, the Paramount HTR provides serious muzzleloader hunters with the most long-range capable hunting muzzleloader ever developed.

Paramount HTR Muzzle Loader in 40 and 45 Caliber from CVA


  • Calibers: .40, .45
  • Free Floating Barrel
  • 26″ Threaded 3/4×20 Barrel
  • Twist Rate: 1:20″ (.40 cal) / 1:22″ (.45cal)
  • Nitride-Treated Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 9.6 lbs
  • PowerBelt ELR bullets
  • VariFlame® Breech Plug
  • Adjustable Cheek Rest
  • Internal Aluminum Chassis
  • Carbon Fiber Collapsible Loading Rod
  • One-Piece Solid Aluminum Range Rod
  • Molle Pouch to store CF Loading Rod
  • Includes VariFlames and Priming Kit
  • Quake® CLAW® Flush Cup Sling
  • Lifetime Warranty*
  • Scope Not Included
Paramount HTR Muzzle Loader in 40 and 45 Caliber from CVA

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I find it very interesting that a muzzleloader would have a bolt action as well as an adjustable carbon-fiber stock. Those features in tandem with the “super-magnum” capability in both 45 and 40 calibers put this muzzle-loading rifle on part with some commercially available centerfire rifles.

If you want to get your hands on a new CVA Paramount HTR, the MSRP on these rifles starts at $1225, for both the 45 and 40 caliber versions.

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Luke C.
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  • Dougscamo Dougscamo on Feb 16, 2021

    Uh, Luke the Optima line is not a side lock firearm. Just sayin'.

  • Gews Gews on Feb 16, 2021

    This defeats the original point of having a separate season for "primitive" weapons like muzzleloaders. It was supposed to give opportunities for those few using Davy Crockett style Kentucky rifles and such, not for people using weapons "sub-MOA at 300 yards with the ballistics of a 300 Win Mag".

    Game departments should rewrite the rules to prevent this nonsense. Use it in the regular rifle season.