Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Nipty, Oct 15, 2021.
Other then goes that works well? I just dont ever want to run out. Its alot of fun shooting.
Usually after about 20 shots I need to knap my flints and I try to take as little off the edge as possible, just enough to get a new sharp edge. When a couple knappings shorten the flint to the point that it's too far away from the frizzen I move it forward in the jaws a tad. I can often get 100 shots out of one flint this way.
The only powders I've used so far have been Goex and Schuetzen, and can't say I've noticed any difference between them.
These guns are so much fun to shoot I've really cut back on shooting my modern guns lately.
www.trackofthewolf.com. or other reputable outfitter that deals in blackpowder gear. You should get 50-60 shots per flint, and another two dozen shots if you're a good Knepper. After that, they are getting too dull for my use.
Use only REAL black powder like Goex, Swiss, Olde Ensford....not pyrodex or other substitute unless you have to. The substitute has a higher flash temp that isn't great with just sparks from a flinter. Also, it is known to be more corrosive than real black....so I'm told....?
A pound of 4f will last a long time and ignite quicker. It flows into the flash hole better. There's a reason we use it in the pan. Also, don't fill the pan with powder. Fill it to the flash hole. That's enough. Tip or tap the rifle in effort to get the powder to slosh into or nearest to the flash hole. Filling the pan full will make the powderburn down to the flash hole before ignition can happen. There is an unnecessarily large flash in front of your face as well! The optimum amount of prime will result in quicker, less distracting ignition.
Study your lock/frizzen/flint. You want to order the right width flints. Tune your flint so that it strikes down the length of your frizzen, not just chop into it. A nice long strike should cause a shower of sparks.
The real question is: bevel up? Or bevel down?
Just a suggestion. Install a fresh flint before your hunt and test it a few times for good spark. No surprises. Even with practice rounds, a two or three flints would likely last you for a year.
Good luck with the late season hunt.
WRT priming, you want a thin layer of priming powder across the entire pan, so that the first spark from the flint hits priming powder. When loading, insert your touchhole pick into the touchhole as far as possible. Load the gun, remove the pick. This will leave a cavity in the main charge for the flash to get into...which will speed ignition.
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