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First Flintlock advice

I'm thinking of getting a Flintlock this year but don't want to spend too much. Any suggestions on where I should look or models you would recommend. I usually hunt with bow and Shotgun.
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Re: First Flintlock advice

There is a Lyman Great Plains rifle for sale in the classifides. It is a decent gun to start with and don't set your self up buy using the cut agate flints. they are horrible

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Re: First Flintlock advice

Get either Thompson Center Hawken or Renegade.Any of the Lymans are equally as good.Any caliber will do the job if you do yours.If you want headaches,go cheap.
Start now with getting it tuned in.Don't wait till 2 weeks before season.There is lots of varriables to try to get good accuracy.

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Re: First Flintlock advice

Just looked at the Lyman. That seems like a great deal. Here's a question for you.....percussion v flint. I'm assuming that a hot discussion topic? Are percussion rifles not considered true flintlocks? Are they legal for PA flintlock season?
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Re: First Flintlock advice

Percussion are not "flint"locks, they do not use a flint and are not legal in the late season.

I have/had a .45 TC Hawken, (2) .50 TC Renegades, and a .50 Lyman Great Plains Hunter (not GP Rifle). I think any of these are good hunting guns. The Lyman had a rough trigger but I smoothed it out where it is very nice now and it is very accurate to 150yd with the optional peep sight. I now use it exclusively and have taken deer, elk, and moose.

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Re: First Flintlock advice

Englishsteve,in the rest of the state the early(oct)season is percussion,flint,or inline.The late season,statewide,is flintlock ONLY.
Flintlocks and percussions are often called "sidelocks".
I see your from the special regs area.See page 11 halfway down.Late season till Jan 28.
A percussion can be used in late season but ANTLERLESS ONLY and with antlerless tag.
If you want to shoot a buck you gotta use a flintlock and with an unused back tag.

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Re: First Flintlock advice

Thanks guys for all the advice....I'm definitely going to go with the flintlock (not the percussion)
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Re: First Flintlock advice

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Re: First Flintlock advice

Nearly all production flintlocks require a bit of tweaking as well as education to cajole them into proper operation.

I'd go for a Lyman, but TC has improved their flintlocks in the past ten years. An older CVA flintlock Mountain rifle was IMO the best production flinter ever made. But unfortunately hasn't been made in almost 20 years.

you also must decide if you are going to shoot traditional (patched round ball) or want to shoot elongated bullets. There is a difference in rifling and twist. A round ball can do fair in a bullet barrel but not the other way round. If you have the choice, go for a 54 cal.
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Thanks guys for all the advice....I'm definitely going to go with the flintlock (not the percussion)
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