Georgia-based Connecticut Valley Arms continues to grow its centerfire bolt-action rifle offerings with a new “precision-oriented” model of its Cascade series, the X-Treme.
Best-known over the past 50 years for its muzzleloaders, CVA introduced the centerfire Cascade line in 2019. An economical entry to the bolt gun game, the rifle debuted in a half-dozen popular calibers all featuring a carbon-steel barrel with a threaded muzzle, a four-shot detachable mag, and a fiberglass-reinforced synthetic stock. The new Cascade XT builds on this and gets several upgrades, including a heavier 4140 carbon-steel #5 taper-fluted barrel with a radial muzzle brake and a tactical-style bolt knob, among other features.
Calibers at release for the Cascade XT include 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, .450 Bushmaster, and .350 Legend, all using a 22-inch barrel while 24-inch models will be cataloged with chamberings in 6.5 PRC, 7mm Mag, and .300 Win Mag.
MSRP on the new CVA rifle is $825, which will probably put pricing at dealers in the mid-to-high $700s, which is kind of a tough ballpark when it comes to the competition. For example, the Savage 110 Predator and Ruger American Predator, both with comparable features and in like calibers, typically come in at a lower price point and with more name recognition and market penetration.