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losing all my priming powder in my pan

So I went out this afternoon loaded my gun primed my pan well I was walking through the woods and after I sat down I checked my pan it was empty. Well I had to prime it 3 or 4 times I kept losing powder. I seen it going down next to the barrel it looked like it was falling down between the lock and barrel. I need suggestions to keep this from happening. I have a tc hawkens.

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

Is your lock stiff when it locks down on the pan? I would assume it's not locking flush with the pan. Also, powder will even with a good lock seep out some but you shouldn't be losing all or most of the powder if your keeping the flintlock level (most of the time) while walking. I too have a Hawken and while I do lose some powder while walking it's generally insignificant and I could still shoot. I also don't "completely" fill the pan with powder. 3/4 to just below level with top of pan is plenty.

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

Tighten up the screw that keeps the lock in place. On the Opposite side of lock.

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

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Is your lock stiff when it locks down on the pan? I would assume it's not locking flush with the pan. Also, powder will even with a good lock seep out some but you shouldn't be losing all or most of the powder if your keeping the flintlock level (most of the time) while walking. I too have a Hawken and while I do lose some powder while walking it's generally insignificant and I could still shoot. I also don't "completely" fill the pan with powder. 3/4 to just below level with top of pan is plenty.
I was filling the thing up all the way I mean the first time I didn't even check and I walked around from shooting time probably until 9:30 am and the gun fired to unload it so maybe I'm just assuming I'm losing to much.

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

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Tighten up the screw that keeps the lock in place. On the Opposite side of lock.
I might take the lock out sunday and clean it since I work tomorrow and I cant hunt anyway.

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I was filling the thing up all the way I mean the first time I didn't even check and I walked around from shooting time probably until 9:30 am and the gun fired to unload it so maybe I'm just assuming I'm losing to much.
Sounds just fine to me. I generally keep a close eye on pan powder while walking especially if I knock the gun against something etc.. Check again when I reach my spot. I also dump pan empty and freshen every once and a while. This is more important when it's damp out but it doesn't hurt either way to "freshen" every few hours.

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

If the powder is going down between the lock and the barrel you may end up with more of a bang than you expect when the powder in there decides to light up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until i can work on mine,of which will do the same thing,i took a thin piece of an old leather glove and fitted it between the lock and the barrel.I trimmed it to the same shape of the lock and barrel metting spot and a little below the pan ,after i had installed it. I used a razor knife.It worked,as i've said,until i get it fixed it right.
My pan leaks powder along the rear and the outside. Not alot but it will go empty. The quick fix for this,as i was told.for temp fix,Chap Stick along the edge? This may work between the pan and the barrel leak spot.Just use enough to fill the gap?
This all seems safe,to me,but i can't say until i try it more!

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

You might want to remove and clean out any powder that is behind the lock.That can ignite also!

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

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If the powder is going down between the lock and the barrel you may end up with more of a bang than you expect when the powder in there decides to light up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until i can work on mine,of which will do the same thing,i took a thin piece of an old leather glove and fitted it between the lock and the barrel.I trimmed it to the same shape of the lock and barrel metting spot and a little below the pan
Same here. I had a Deerstalker carbine that had a bad fit between the barrel and pan, and fixed it the same way. Make sure to get all that powder out!!

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Re: losing all my priming powder in my pan

My deer stalker had quite a gap between the lock and barrel no matter how tight I made the lock screw and I too was losing primer charge into the lock area. I took the lock off and removed some wood from underneath until the gap closed up. I did have to take a bit of wood and finish off the stock as then the frizzen would rub when it flipped up.
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