T/c firestorm and "flint spark"
I just acquired a T/C Firestorm. First F/L I have owned and first time I have ever shot one. Shot it today. Trigger drop - flash - flinch big time - boom - round down range, nowhere near where I was aiming:-0
What a riot to shoot once I knew what to expect. I was having a problem getting spark for each shot though. I read the manual that came with the rifle and checked alignment on the flint and was satisfied I met all guidance in the manual. Still no good/consistent spark. I had an extra flint provided by the buyer but still had issues regarding consistency in getting spark.
Weather conditions today in south central PA were overcast, cool (55 degrees) and damp with occasional light mist. The frizzen appeared to be lightly rusted so I took steel wool to it. I have a feeling there may be oil or grease on it because it does feel very smooth when you run a finger along the strike plate.
I also suspect that the flints may have come in contact with "foreign" possible contaminants since all the accessories including butter, oils, patches, etc. came in one big freezer bag from the owner.
Can/do flints go bad? Are there better flints than others? Do you only replace them when they chip? Can they absorb oil and greases? Should the frizzen be smooth or rough?
Thanks for any help you might provide.