Shot flintlock for first time


December 28, 2002, 09:45 PM
Well I started in June with a heap of parts and wood and over the next 6 months built a decent looking long rifle. With lots of help from Muzzleloader builder supply. I took it out to the range today for the first time. Been shooting BP since I was 14 but this was the first FL. Shoot the first round .45 ball and 60 grains of powder ands hit 3 inches low and 1 inch left....not bad. I was so excited I built something that worked. Well it also blew part of the touchhole liner out and so my touchhole went from 2/32 of an inch to more like 22. cal sized. needless to say the next 3 rounds just kind of spit out lower and lower. Well Craftsman screw extractor to the rescue. out cane the old liner and in went a new. The first was just a bad one. The main thing is I made a rifle that worked and all the people at the range came to look at. I'll be back next week to shoot more. And my wife gave me a new 50 cal barrel and gift certificate to MLBS for christmas so now I can get started on #2.


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December 29, 2002, 12:14 AM
Ex blackpowder shooter.About 10 years of it.Lefthanded but shot flint,i guess I loved getting my face dirty.

December 29, 2002, 10:50 AM
Sounds like a job well done. Isn't great to make something that has a purpose and can be used? Carving and woodworking is a great way to spend time, but the end result almost always sits on a shelf or hangs on a wall. Make a gun or a knife and you have something you can use all the time and enjoy the quality you put into it.
Its also cool to show them off cause most people have no idea you can actually make such things, they never thought about where stuff came from before mass production.

December 29, 2002, 11:04 AM
Stinky flinters are addicting. :D

4v50 Gary
December 29, 2002, 12:35 PM
Nothing brings as much joy as a well tuned flintlock. You can't even tell the difference between it and a percussion gun. The joy of the "whoosh!" followed by the dull "booom!" and a heavenly white cloud of sulphorous smoke. Ahhh...

December 29, 2002, 07:18 PM
Having read alot of Gary's posts both at TFL and over here, I'm just going to have to dive head first into this Blackpowder thing one day..


My problem is, I don't know where to start. ;)

December 30, 2002, 09:24 AM
The red-suited fatman left me a Lyman Trade Rifle about 5 days ago. Haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but looks nice. A .50-cal flintlock...should be a real 'hoot'.

I have shot some BP pistols over the years; 44 1858 Army Remington, 31 "Pocket Remington", single shot "prospectors pistol", and a Walker Colt. This is my first BP Rifle, looking forward to lotza good shootin', old-style.

[Guess we need a smoky-face smilie now]

December 30, 2002, 01:23 PM
Shooting a flinter for the first time is a real experience, isn't it? :D

Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 01:42 PM
I built a Thompson Center Renegade many many years ago, in .50 cal.

I LOVE that thing.

A pain in the butt to load, a pain in the butt to shoot, and a SERIOUS pain in the butt to clean, but it is so damned much fun...

December 30, 2002, 09:36 PM
I had mine out on Sunday at the range. It was cold and I filled the entire field up with smoke out to the 25 yard berm. All the other shooters I was with really didnt seem to mind not being able to see their targets all that well.

Flints are really fun

December 31, 2002, 08:06 PM
I've been fighting my impulse to get a Lyman GPR for about a year now. My TC Grey Hawk is getting lonely.

Navy joe
January 22, 2003, 04:51 AM
So, is it dangerous to shoot a flinter left handed? Where's the hair on fire smiley? What about without glasses as in a hunting situation?

January 22, 2003, 11:24 AM
What happened with the touch hole liner?

Baron Holbach
January 22, 2003, 01:05 PM
Can it be addictive if the shooter inhales blackpowder smoke?:neener:

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