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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Western PA (Lawrence Co.)
First, i want to say that i don't plan on hunting with this rifle this year but i do want to get it shooting again one of these days this week while I'm off.
My dad has had this rifle since the early 80s and i don't think it's been shot since the late 80s or even handled.
It is a Thompson Center Arms .50 cal flintlock muzzloader made in Rochester, New Jersey.
The gun has some light rust on the barrel but I'm more concerned with the bore and what i should use to clean the bore prior to shooting it and what should be used to protect it, if anything?
I do recall that the frizen is beat up a little and it does need a new flint. Is there anything i can do to clean up the frizen such as filing it or sanding it to get a better surface or should it be replaced?
Next, i need to know how many grains of gun powder i should use under the ball. My Dad seems to think he used 50 grains under the ball but isn't quite sure.
As for the pan, do i fill that up to the top with gun powder for inition?
Im huge into archery hunting but have no idea about a traditional muzzloader.
If there anything else i should look for, please feel free to share it.
thank in advance!