And this one is very special. The few experts that have examined this one feel it as original early colonial American fowling piece and made sometime between 1740 and 1760 in Pennsylvania. Twenty bore 52 inch barrel.
I'm sure others and myself would like to see pictures or read comments about other flintlocks.
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April 23, 2010, 09:28 PM
.54 Lyman Great Plains Rifle I built from a kit:
April 23, 2010, 09:56 PM
Nothing to add yet but I'd love to have an English styled Fowler c. 1700 and an early PA rifle with heavy Jaeger influences.
Keep 'em coming!
April 23, 2010, 10:52 PM
My old 45 Hawken I built from a T/C kit back in 1976. Has a match H&H barrel.
A pair of old Miroku pistols I picked up, replaced the agates with flint and have them sparking good, still need to get them out and see if the shoot worth a damn.
April 24, 2010, 10:49 PM
My kit built .54 poor boy smooth rifle. I've been tweaking it all winter, and will hopefully shoot it tomorrow, weather permitting. It snowed two feet just ten days ago though so you never know.
With 80 grains of 3F, a .520 RB and pillow ticking it will do cloverleafs at 25 and a respectable 3" at 50 yards. Keep in mind it's a smoothbore, so the scale of accuracy is very different than a rifle. It's quite long, but weighs only about five pounds. That's the real advantage of ditching the rifling. I'm able to shoot .520 to .535 roundballs from a very light barrel in a stock that would ordinarily hold a .40 caliber rifle barrel at most.
several of my rock locks, a left hand tenn poor boy built by ken ishler and a pedersoli frontier,both in 50 cal. eastbank.
April 25, 2010, 04:38 PM
Some really nice iron on this thread. But I wonder why more shooters haven't gotten into rock locks, or even shot them. I think there's some underlying prejudice based on myths that flintlocks are complex, unreliable and maybe even dangerous.
April 25, 2010, 05:21 PM
Too many movies and TV shows where the flintlock goes KLATCH.. PFFFTTT <pause> BOOM when a tuned lock is much, much faster.
April 25, 2010, 06:16 PM
Mine is a fullstocked flintlock Hawken in .54 caliber. Has iron hardware and silver inlays like the engraved escutcheon plates and buffalo on the cheekpiece. Sorry for the poor photos. Rifle in storage now and these are the best I have.:o
Here's another you might appreciate. 42" barrel and domed metal patchbox, but this shows some main features...
April 25, 2010, 09:33 PM
Soon, I hope to get a rock lock in .54 or .58, but I would prefer rifling's, as I like to shoot way out there. 100 yards used to be great, then I got into BP and cartridges for the same.
For those who haven't read any article about Creedmore, they used to shoot that 600+ yard range with front stuffers. I don't know if they used flint or cap, but that is a long way to drive a bullet of any diameter or weight.
Those are some real great looking pieces you have posted here.
April 25, 2010, 11:09 PM
not a true flintlock but a doglock
I love this blunderbuss
April 25, 2010, 11:15 PM
better pic of lock
April 26, 2010, 02:32 AM
Where did you find that?
April 26, 2010, 04:20 AM
I don't know where moharrow's came from but Middlesex Village Trading Co. offers several models. Their Doglock Model received very high marks from one buyer: