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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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losing powder.

i have a 50cal hawken flintlock wene i put powder in the pan and tilt the gun to the left the powder spills down into the stock through a small gap between the barrell and the pan at the touchhole. this never happened before this year.the gun is over 20yrs old.i took everything apart and put back together made sure everything was tight.and still have the problem.any suggestions? has this ever happened to anyone else?
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Re: losing powder.

This is a very serious safety problem. You have to get that pan right up agianst the touch hole area. If that powder leaks into the lock action and ignites you could lose part of your face. Are you sure all the screws holding the lock are tight?? make sure!!

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Re: losing powder.

dave, see this thread...i have the same problem as a replacement barrel I just put in is just a tad smaller than the orignal and was given some good solutions to the same exact problem.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 04:27 PM
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Re: losing powder.

Some wood may have warped or something to cause that gap or something is out of place on the interior works of the lock causing it to stand off the mortise and as such causing the gap.

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Re: losing powder.

Try "honing" out the wood on the inner sides where your whole pan, frizzen, ext fits into the stock. Be careful not to take too much wood out. This will allow it to be tighter agianst the stock. Had the same problem this year, fixed it up pretty good.
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Re: losing powder.


This is my reply on the thread mentioned above. It can be very dangerous.

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I have/had, the very same issue with my .50 Traditions. I was losing pan powder and not realizing it though. It became a BIG PROBLEM that I realized was happening when I cocked back to take a shot at a Deer. Upon cocking the hammer, it did not stay in the "cocked position", and it let loose. Of course flint hits frizzen and BOOM. Could of cared less about missing a chance at a Deer, but very concerned as to why it happened. Got it home and found that all the pan powder that was gunking and accumulating over the years prevented the hammer from staying back. As you can probably now surmize, I never used to take the lock mechanism off the gun for a thorough cleaning at years end. Now I do. Be careful and check it at years end.

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Re: losing powder.

I had to get the stock on my deer stalker replaced last year and the gap was alot bigger than before and I am also loosing powder if I don't keep the gun level. Guy at the shop told me to remove some wood so the lock is inlet alittle bit more. This is my winter project right after late season ends. The lock is REALLY tight in the stock so maybe just alittle touch up of the lock edges will do the trick?
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Re: losing powder.

I had the same problem with my Deerstalker. For a quick fix, you can make a gasket out of leather to seal the hole till the season is over and you can fix it properly.

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Re: losing powder.

I had the same problem on a older flinter:well there is 2 ways to go if you can try in-letting the lock deeper or use some glass bedding between the lock and stock.
I used [email protected] weld just be sure to use some type of release agent.I would let it set-up about 4 hours and remove and let it cure for 24 hours before using it.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Re: losing powder.

after reading jimsdads post my girlfriend insist i get a new flintlock. sounds good to me!
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