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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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UPDATE: I flipped the flint over and it appears to have solved the problem, I think, maybe, perhaps. significantly more spark now. Will try and shoot it later today.

Still interested in the getting SME input on my other questions above. Thanks.

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Here is info for you.

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Not sure what flints you are using but the old dark colored TC flints are not good. Try some english flints or the TC premium white agate flints. They are much better than the standard TC flints but are getting harder to find since TC got out of the flinter business.

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DPMS and 410, thank you for the feedback, great to know.

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Chaos, if you change the flint , try taking out the frizen plug if you can and clean it out with a cleaner you can buy for it. Then dry it and around the hole and replaceit .try it again. Hope it staghtens out for you.
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Just starting into M`loading is kinda like starting to Walk, one step at a Time !! Sure is a learning process and , after shooting Black Powder for 40 some Years, I am still learning !! Track of the Wolf sells Tom Fuller Flints that are cheaper and easier on the Frizzen and work a lot better and lasts longer than the T/C ones. They have a Guide that tells you what size is best for Your Flinter. Have fun and enjoy the Ride !!
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Track of the Wolf sells quality English flints for $2 a piece. I've been using the same flint in my L&R lock all summer, probably close to 50 shots with no failures to flash the pan.
Also try wiping the frizzen and the flint itself between shots with a patch dampened by alcohol. Makes a big difference in reliability.
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Hey Gentleman, thank you for the feedback. Track of the Wolfs, heard that from numerous folks. Alcohol, sounds interesting, will give it a try. Fuller flints, will look it up tonight.

When it rains it pours, so to speak. No sooner had I acquired my first FL (Firestorm) then a close friend swung by and said he had something he wanted to pass along to me. Low and behold he passed me his T/C Hawkins. Wholly cow! Not to mention I met with our own "GentelBen" to take a look at the set trigger. All good now.

Thanks again for the great feedback. Be safe and be well.

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Track of the Wolf sells Tom Fuller Flints that are cheaper and easier on the Frizzen and work a lot better and lasts longer than the T/C ones. They have a Guide that tells you what size is best for Your Flinter. e !!
Thanks for that info. I just ordered up some Fuller flints from them. Hopefully, these are the ticket moving forward for my Firestorm as the TC premiums are getting harder to find.
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