Frizzen spring too tight

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  1. Shortgrub

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    Just built a Jaeger/Lancaster transitional .50 flinter and my frizzen spring seems too tight compared to my other flinters. How do you lighten the spring? Can you slowly take a grinding wheel to it?

    thanks,

    Shortgrub
     
  2. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

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    Yes, but grind off the part of the frizzen that touches the spring. Never grind
    the spring. Go very slow. You can take it off, but you can't put it back on.
     
  3. JohnD13

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    Sometimes re-tempering the spring will improve things. I have done some four or five times to get what I wanted out of them.
     
  4. Loyalist Dave

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    Actually, before you grind on the cam where the frizzen touches the spring, use a hand file to work it down a tad to make it round, then use a sharpening stone for knives to stone it smooth. Often the cam isn't really round, and rounding it plus a bit of polish, and polish but don't file the surface of the spring where the cam contacts the spring, will do wonders.

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    I have a New unfired Zoli 1803 Harpers Ferry and had that problem a little...the frizzin don't tilt all the way forward when fired. I backed of the frizzen screw and lubed the frizzen at the spring and hing... adjusted the rock and filled the pan some and pooof off it went and the frizzin went forward all the way. I like to adjust and keep workin' it rather that remove material..maybe just polish the frizzin at the spring at most. It should break in well on it own, but I like to coax um some :O)
     
  6. Shortgrub

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    I took some stones and worked the bottom of the frizzen and the top of the spring and lo and behold it works fine now. Thanks for the pointers.

    Shortgrub
     
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