No direct knowledge of the CVA,we have a Handi-Rifle from H&R,same idea as the CVA and the CVA does't get bad press. NOT going to be a tack driver so be aware of that. Our H&R is in 243 and I reload for it;started as my son's deer rifle when he was younger and used 95 grain Hornady SSTs,would use their bonded core bullet or other makers in a deer hunting role for a more controlled expansion. 243 got a bad reputation earlier because folks used light frangible bullets instead of controlled expansion or bonded bullets. Rifle is used for target/coyotes with lighter V-Max loads now.
Our little rifle is easy for most to use,from youth to adult,and was a great deal when purchased but I'd opt for a Ruger American or Savage Axis bolt gun in an entry level offering these days,you get a great shooting rifle for not that much more.