Re: Teaching an old dog new tricks
if you're gunnin' after elk with the .50, make sure to use conicals, round balls won't be very effective in comparison. But round balls are a great and inexpensive way to shoot and practice and I've taken a fair share of whitetails with roundballs.
70gns of FFF is the 'standard' target load for round balls, I use 90 for hunting. most conicals I stick with about 85-95 gns.
I would vote you try your hand at casting your own bullets if you've not already; very easy to do for black powder, get a .490 round ball mold and maybe try a .491 or .492 later just for kicks. Also T/C makes a good 'maxi ball' mold and there's plenty of other conical molds to experiment with. Use pure lead only, especially with the conicals.
It's a fun but messy type of shooting (and slow) but it's a hellufa lot of fun!
Not sure why the wedge pin in yours is so undersized, I would start by seeing if CVA will give you a new one or you could replace the brass plates on the stock with different ones that have a smaller hole maybe? or fab up your own brass plate and with a drill and file or dremel tool, cut the correct sized hole. That thing should be nice and snug.
"Loud noises don't end gunfights.... well placed shots do."