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Flint Size Query

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by John L Venable, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. John L Venable

    John L Venable Member

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    I am about to order a Pedersoli .45 Navy Moll Maple Flintlock. Putting together sort of a package. My internet search has been fruitless for what size flints to order. I mean I could wait until Monday and call DGW or TOW... but you how it is when you get that itch to hit checkout :)

    Thanks in advance,

    John V
     
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  2. denster

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    All of the Pedersoli pistol and rifle locks function best with 5/8in flints. Either the black English or French amber are good.
     
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  3. John L Venable

    John L Venable Member

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    Thank you Sir
     
  4. denster

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    You are welcome.
     
  5. Loyalist Dave

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    Personally, after 25 years of shooting flintlock muskets and rifles and exclusively taking all my deer with a flintlock rifle..., I don't care for "French Amber" flints, and saw-cut flints just plain suck.
    I've also been disappointed too with mail-order flints. So for those who have the means to get to a show where one or more vendors are selling flints, I highly recommend that you go and pick out a dozen at least, black English flints. They don't go bad, and they're only going to go up in price. ;)

    LD
     
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  6. Erwan

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    I use only french blond flint from Limoges area, the knapper is J.J Dutrieux. The price is lower thant the black english stones and that works more than well...
    I gave up the English or French black too hard for the frizzen of the locks...
    I don't know if you can get that kind of flint in USA but those flints are working very well with a 4Fg (or OB) in the pan...
     
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  7. noelf2

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    I have knapped some very effective flints from some nodules that I found near the Blanco river in Texas. Even had some pretty good luck with some brown chert from my original home area in Missouri. Still, I have had best luck with English black flints on smaller locks, and French flints on larger locks. It's a good feeling to be able to knapp your own flints. I'm no expert, and I waste a lot of flint, but it's not that hard to do.
     
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  8. Erwan

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    Yep, that's true, I like the "Flint knapping" too for the fun but it very difficult here: to take some nodules of good size and sufficient to make corrects blades is now forbidden by law (laws on coastal protection) and it's mostly monitored near the north coast, in front of England, where there's all the good stones (we call those stones "rognons")...

    When you carve flint its normal that you have a lot of material waste: the "cortex" from the limestone (we call it the "cortex") must be removed and a flat surface cleared before the first blade can be obtained and this blade will not be good over its entire length and therefore still waste material.

    So, I like to do this but only for pleasure of shooting with my own flints, for shooting I buy flint from a flint knapper only 0.95€ eatch (something like 1.00 USD) and cheaper when I buy a hundred of them.
     
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