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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

Just bought my first flintlock and I am running into a problem getting it sighted in. I am hoping that I could get some advice or answers from you guys. This is my set-up: Lyman Deerstalker 50 cal, 70 grains Goex 2F in the barrel, 4f Goex in the pan, .490 hornaday round ball, .20 thickness lubed patch. After adjusting the flint because of the pan not firing, every shot went off perfect. After every shot I would run one wet patch and one dry patch down the barrel. First 2 shots were 8 inches high, 4 inches right at 50 yards. Adjusted the rear sight for the next few shots and eventually ran out of room to move the rear sight down. At this point I am still 3 to 6 inches high at 50 yards. What are my options now? Am I forced to shoot a heavier bullet or ball, use less powder, or is there something I can do to my gun to help the problem? Any advice would be appreciated. Also I am adding a photo of my patches that I shot. Can anyone tell if they look ok or if they show anything I should know? On the picture showing the rear sight, I cannot move it down anymore even though it shows I have 1/8th inch more room. The screw that tightens down the sight is at the very back of the sight and has no more room. Also, I talked to the gentleman at dixons and he told me that he could put a higher front sight on the gun but never heard of this problem with the deerstalkers. He told me to rest the gun at the end of the muzzle when shooting. I did this and it did bring the shots down a little bit. Since I am new to flintlocks could it just be me? Thanks guys!

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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

i'd bump the main charge up 10 grains and see if it will tighten up the group. You're patches look really good though. Maybe even give some 3f goex a try.
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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

i have the same gun and i shoot 110 grains , shot my buck last year with it and many deer using that load.
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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

and dont forget flints are not rifles , if you can hit a pie pan consistently i'd say your ok
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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

bullcrap! flinters can be just as accurate. tweaks just need to be made in order to get them to group.
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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

I'd be upset at the pie plate group. My GPR shoots consistant 1" at 50yds and 1 1/2" at 100yds.

I have that gun and we shoot 245 aerotip powerbelts, 90g 777 with 5gr 3f in front. Groups really well. Maybe try a powerbelt 245 or 295 and bump the load up some. The 25yd groups look like you have the right idea and are not flinching so....you are ahead of the game.
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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

I use 85gr FFF and FFFF in the pan in my deerstalker, same ball and patch.

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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

i have the trouble of flinching and i do not take shots past 60 yards period and in flintlock since i know i flinch i walk on every drive , just so happened my half rack 4 point last year was at 9 yards. kinda hard to miss. but its something i been working on. thats why i said it , from my own expeirence
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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

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and dont forget flints are not rifles , if you can hit a pie pan consistently i'd say your ok
100% false. i shoot a 3" group at 50 yards (i wont shoot past 70) with my lyman deerstalker

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Re: Lyman Deerstalker advice needed.

Go 90 grains.

You can have it when you rip it from my cold, dead hands.........
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