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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-25-2015, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Flintlock Help

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!
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Re: Flintlock Help

If you want to polish up the outside,use 0000 steel wool and oil.This won't hurt the blueing.
Make sure it is not loaded from years ago.
If it is unloaded you can polish the bore with 0000 steel wool,oil and a jag.Wash out with soapy water and rinse.I do this to every gun I purchase.
As long as your frizzen doesn't have any deep gouges in it,I'd use it.Later you might upgrade to a Lyman frizzen.
TC's do well with Black English flints.
FFFFg(pan ONLY) or FFFg in pan 1/2 full.
This is about the best read for newbies and old timers to read.


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thank you for the links!
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