Originally Posted by sublime
Hi all, I just won a Traditions Hawken Woodsman. I have not shot a flintlock since I was 12 in Boy Scouts.
I know what I read in the packaging and from watching a couple YouTube videos.
So I need to buy all the accessories. This is where I would like your help.
It is a .50 cal with 1/48" rifling.
I think I have a handle on cleaning supplies. Looks like most attachments screw into the ramrod. Looks like you can't clean it enough. Warm water and maybe a little Dawn is all it takes. The big deal is after cleaning is to dry, then dry some more, and protect with gun oil, barricade, or another.
Flint - a 5/8" flint is recommended. I assume this will be easy enough when I get to the store. Are there different types? Do I want one over the other? I assume leather comes with it or sold right beside it. Any scrap leather usually works. As for flints, knapped flints are best, but Traditions will work with a cut flint, like the box stores sell.
Recommendations for the Frizzen Pan is "4F" I assume this is a measurement of how finely ground the black power is? Common blackpowder comes in FFg, FFFg and FFFFg granulation. FFg or FFFg in the bore, FFFg or FFFFg in the pan.
Measuring the Frizzen Powder? I see that brass canisters are made with a spring loaded measuring device. Is the amount of powder to use in the pan equivalent to one pour? does this change with different Flintlocks? I did not read the amount to use in any of the information. The spring devices are 1-3 gr. of powder per push. Some people fill the pan full, some just enough for a reliable ignition. A good start would be half full pan.
Propellent - For a .50cal Traditions recommends "2F 55-80 grains" or "3F 45-75 grains" So, what is better? Should I use Black powder or Pyrodex? Do I use a patch and round ball, conicals, Sabots? Use blackpowder, if you have a place to purchase. Propellents (Pyrodex, etc.) are not quite as reliable with a flintlock as with an inline or caplock. Ball and patch, sabot, bullit...it is all on what your particular rifle shoots best, what you prefer, along with powder granulation and volume amount of blackpowder.
I am going to continue searching the internet before I go shopping for the things I need.
Sounds like flintlocking is just as much about cleaning the gun as it is shooting it.
I hope to stay safe, get accurate, and maybe take the gun for a walk after the new year.
Thank you for all of your expertice and advice in advance.
A few extra things...
1. Do not use FFFFg (4Fg) in the barrel.
2. 3Fg will work in some guns for pan powder, not as well in others.
3. Both 2Fg and 3Fg will work in your 50 cal. You just have to find the right combo of ball, patch, powder, and amount of powder.
4. 1:48 twist is a go between of a round ball barrel (1:56+) and a sabot gun (1:28-32) barrel. It will shoot PRB (patched round ball) good, and it will shoot bullits and sabots good.
Last but not least... You are entering the dark side, and will find that the "workin up a load" for accuracy is as enjoyable as bagging Bambi.
Next will be making your own priming device out of an antler piece, or a powder measure... shooting bag...haversack... even deciding you want to build a first rifle! And all of that, together with the shooting, is what blackpowder and flinters is all about!
Good Luck, and enjoy the Journey!