Any body out there shooting their smoke poles. I've been shooting my TC FL Renegade some. It seems to shoot a little better each time I shoot it
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I finished building my flinter in 2010 after a five year build. I shoot it maybe twice a year for 4 or 5 shots. Only had it miss-fire once when I forgot to wipe the grease of the frizzen. Other than that it has been very reliable, but living in the desert there aren't the moisture issues. But we get hard fouling really quick.
Just my 2 cents. Flinters do require practice. I named one of mine flinch lock. By shooting flinters I have learned Follow Through! This has helped all of my shooting, even those suppository guns. Ross
Been busy this afternoon cutting in dovetails for the barrel lugs. Yep, with a hacksaw, small (very small) cold chisel & various files Years ago I bought a book called "The Art Of Building The Pennsylvania Longrifle" by Chuck Dixon. It has been an indispensible tool for me in building these rifles. A rather arrogant fellow at the range looked at my .45 caliber flinter & exclaimed that I had made a mistake in that I left the stock "blonde". He said that it was the wrong color for the time period. I told him exactly what an experienced gun builder told me. It's my rifle, I built it, & I'll build it any way I want. He walked off in a huff. As I researched the history on these rifles I found (as Chuck Dixon said) that people built these rifles with what they had or could scrounge up. Brass was scarce so "furniture" was made or iron/steel or . . . no furniture at all. The "Poor Boy" didn't even have a buttplate. Some simply had a hole in the stock where they would put patch grease. So if someone tells you rifle builders out there that you did it wrong . . . you know what to tell them!
If someone else had of done to me what I did to myself . . . I'd have killed him. Humility is an asset. Heh - heh.
That's a neat long rifle flintlock...and you're correct, not all maple stocks were stained. In fact, I've contemplated a similar stock on a Model 70 Win...just to be different. By the way, from what I can see in your pictures, the wood to metal fit and your quality of browning appears excellent! One has to admire the amount of workmanship and time that goes into that. By the way, if one wants to see historical arms of different areas of our country's history, the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody, WY will do it. In fact it is overwhelming. And you're correct...those blonde long rifles are in there from the Colonial area thru the Revolutionary War and a bit beyond.
I built an Isaac Haines in .40cal back in 2003. Using to practise dry firing it (with a wooden flint) down the hall way aiming at a 1 inch black dot.
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oh yes, a whole lot! In fact I'm building a .58 right now. Ross
Is this from a kit or are you building from scratch?
I was given a barrel and half stock blank that some body else made some very weird mistakes on. The barrel is shortened to 31" to remove the buggered section and I've inlet the barrel to the stock but have to move the inlet straight back to remove the booger in the stock. Sent for some other components to build a 1/2 stock flinter with no ramrod. Strictly a range gun. Next step is to install the tang and touch hole,inlet that, then inlet the siler lock. The the scary part, carve the stock. Ross
Yep! I shoot mine a lot practice, practice, practice!
I love flinters
Dont shot mine near enough. All my deer hunting is with my .52 cal.
Jon Welda CW5 USA Ret. 608 797 0056
I too have a FL and shoot it in various postal matches and [local] woods walks. As rhbrink wrote, they do indeed require a lot of practice!
Saw the thread, thought I would join in. Not shooting as much as I did but still play around some. Took my 40 flinter out today but the squirrels did not cooperate.
Will be hosting a table shoot and an over the log shoot the first weekend of November here on the farm.
Haven't been shooting as much as I used to but hunting season is just around the corner. I'm also giving a presentation on the mountain men and fur trade tomorrow. Flintlocks, I have 5. Two 45 cal Southern Mountain rifles, a 62 cal Northwest trade gun, a 54 cal Pedersoli Blue ridge Rifle, and a 45 cal pistol. Yup, all rocklocks.
New CBA member first post. Good to see flintlock interest on the forum; shooting and hunting with muzzle loaders, started in the 70's. Put meat on the table with a .45 caliber flinter ,about 90% of my deer hunting. Love this forum. muzzle loaders are the first reloader's and cast bullet shooters.
"suppository guns" Nice phrase, I like that thought.
I have to get mine out. It's a Pedersoli 54 Mortimer. What I have often wondered, me being the frugal type, could I use bits of a hand held grinders wheel instead of flints? Those things throw gobs of spark. There is nothing like the quick Phht-Boom of a well tuned flinter.
Yo Kid: No! I used to sort of kinda nearly almost make my own flints. The good english and french flints are just that---Good. I think the grinder wheel pieces would crumble, and besides, the effort you put into making grinder pieces of the right shape could be put into learning knapping. Ross
I am an experienced flintknapper and flintlock shooter since 1957 at age 7. My local Onondaga Flint makes terrific gunflints. I have also found a very inexpensive source of sawed Agate gunflints @ $1 ea. and some other excellent varieties here:
The Agates spark very big and must be wiped clean each shot as the extremely fine grain translucent agate will slip on steel if it has fouling on it.
I've been shooting my TC Renegade conversion to FL for the first time with cut flints. On the A side, I got 14 shots and the B side so far 9. when they're sharp, I get a pan full of sparks............
Is there a way to resharpen the ends on a cut flint ???
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