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flintlock?????

ok looking to buy a Cabelas build it yourself flintlock 50 cal. and was wandering what types of powder to use what are good flints and what is a good patch size to use when loading have an inline but feel that this woould be a fun project

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 11:13 PM
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Re: flintlock?????

GOEX is the best powder and it depends what caliber you get for you flinter. i use .10 patches with roundballs

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Goex ff and ffff
I sometimes use a roundball(Hornady)and a .15 pre-lubed patch.
If using sabots I shoot 250gr Shockwaves
I use German flints

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Re: flintlock?????

If you plan on using patch and ball and are building from a kit, make sure the bbl has the proper twist rate. I have a Firestorm and it has a 1-48 twist, kinda middle ground. I believe the larger the twist the better is is for patch and ball, but I could have it backwords . Mine shoots balls okay, but maxi hunters and maxi balls the best, they give me a 3 inch group at 50 yards. I use 90 grains Goex FF down the tube and FFFF in the pan. As for the flints I use English flints (given to me by a friend and he said they are English, never purchsed any myself).

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For flints, German cut agates are om for cheap case hardened frizzens, but English Grays in my opinion are the best for locks with good steel frizzens. French ambers are ok, but generally for larger musket locks.
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For flints, German cut agates are om for cheap case hardened frizzens, but English Grays in my opinion are the best for locks with good steel frizzens. French ambers are ok, but generally for larger musket locks.
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You did not ask this, but I am going to offer my thought anyhow. Use CRISCO as a lube and forget about that Ox-Yoke trash or any other commercial "lubes". Send me a PM and I will give you the run-down on how to pre lube you patches with CRISCO.

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Re: flintlock?????

Crisco is good along with olive oil,and lots of others as long as no salt or petrolium is in it.
Go with real Goex blaxckpowder.
Stick with patches in the range of .015-.020.The tighter patch will give a cleaner burn of powder in the barrel.
Try all the combos of powder size,amount,patches,and ball size.

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good info 410-er...thats why i switched my patch size from .10 to .15 because i had powder granuals left in the barrel after shots with the .10 patches

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Also I clean my flintlock with rubbing alcohol----NO SOLVENTS!!!!!!!!
Windex with vinegar works well also
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