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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-14-2015, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Flintlock help for gift

I have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about flintlocks. My 20 year old son is throwing around the ideal of getting one. I though about getting him one for Christmas. Where do I even begin? Type, brand, size, etc? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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They all throw a projectile out of the muzzle, after stuffing the parts down the muzzle. Have him visit some gun shops and handle all of what the store has, new and used. He will have affinity for one or two or six, and not care for one or two.

It will give you a better idea, and will get his juices flowing!

And since you are in York, Dixons Muzzleloading is about 1.5-2 hours away. About 20 minutes east of Cabelas. A visit would show him the Lyman's and Pedersoli's (I don't think they have Traditions) as well as a range of used guns, both factory and custom. And would be a treat for you both!

Greg Dixon is the Owner (his father before him) who will help him get what he needs to shoot one. And if you pick a gun, Greg will ensure it is functioning properly, minus the shooting part, before you walk out the door.

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I agree!

http://www.dixonmuzzleloading.com/

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Re: Flintlock help for gift

Ditto on Dixons

Also, to help him get in the swing, once he has one, the Tomahawks have a very friendly very casual shooting match once a month. They meet about 4 miles west of New Bridgeville along Pickle Road right off Rt 425.

https://www.facebook.com/Tomahawks-B...o?tab=overview

Columbia Fish and Game has a nice club and range with a muzzle loader open house about the third week of February

Best get an innoculation. Muzzleloading is highly infectious and for many is quite compulsive as well.
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Re: Flintlock help for gift

My dad has a Thompson-Center Hawken .50 cal that he gave up on years ago, so us kids enjoy taking turns giving it walks in the woods. It won't win any beauty contests, but it'll shoot as straight as the wingnut holding it can muster. Two of the three of us are usually tagged out by muzzy season, so we don't have to fight over it so I'm not in the market for my own... yet.

I'd personally be cautious of buying a used one in a private sale. It's incredibly easy to damage them permanently with even a little neglect.

I agree with the fellas above that a drive to Dixon's would be well with the trip. Great little store, and you'll learn plenty just by walking in the door. Just double-check your credit limit or cash stash before walking in... very easy to get in trouble there!

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Dixons is a gem that will be missed when it's gone, hopefully no time soon.
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For a first time flinter I would recommend a 50 cal as they are the most common caliber. As far as a beginners muzzle-loader goes Lyman is reasonably priced. I started off with a Traditions but they are kind of cheap. I wouldn't buy one again. It was accurate but I've had issues with parts breaking.
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I'd personally be cautious of buying a used one in a private sale. It's incredibly easy to damage them permanently with even a little neglect.
Point taken, but not always the case. RetiredUSNE8 on here sells some guns from time to time, and the couple I bought were in excellent condition. Of course, you do want to put a set of knowledgeable eyes on anything used.

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54 cal is also a good choice if you plan to shoot roundball. Not quite as common as 50 cal but components are readily available. Shoots nearly as flat and packs more punch with balls weighing nearly 50 grains more than 50 cal (225 vs 177 gr).

I would definitely consider used, such as the Lyman currently listed in classifieds.
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Re: Flintlock help for gift

I'll add my two cents and also suggest Dixon's. Make a day of it because a stop at Dixon's is a history lesson, especially if Chuck is hanging around tending the fire. It is refreshing to hear that a 20 year old wants to begin a shooting knowledge of the wonderful world of flintlocks.

Some of us are getting a little long in the tooth, and we need these young hunters to keep flintlocks a part of our Pennsylvania hunting tradition. I have a 22 year old grandson who totes a .50 cal. flintlock I built for him, and he is the last of our clan of hunters.

Good luck in your search, and welcome to the unique world of black powder and side locks.

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