I have a Thompson Center PA Hunter flintlock rifle. When I first got it I was using the T/C flints but they did not produce much spark. I then picked up some English flints at Shyda's and had great success with them. The last few years I have been having issues with getting a good spark. I replaced the frizzen however I really don't think the old one was worn out. It did not seem to make a great difference. The English flints I was having trouble with were from Dave Loganís in Harrisburg.
I picked up some new ones from Gander Mountain however have not gotten around to trying them yet. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to do to try to correct a problem with poor spark on a T/C lock?
Originally I had bought the PA Hunter to use with round balls but when PA changed regs. I switched to the T/C Maxi Hunter. The rifling is a slower twist for round balls but it seems to shoot the Maxi Hunter Conical bullets ok.
NRA, Make sure your flint (in the half cock poistion) isn't too close to the frizzen. It has to have room to "slap" the frizzen on the way down to create good spark. I have had that problem in the past.
Gun Control = Using both hands, and hitting your target
yesterday I was at Cabin Creek in Hallam ordering a new flinter. While there Brad and I were talking about T/C's frizzens. He actually makes his own frizzens for TC's they are $50 and for a little more he will take apart you lock and tune it up so it will be better than when you bought it
Take the frizzen off, secure it in a vise and attempt to score the face with a file. If you can - the the frizzen face is soft and either needs to be replaced completely or rehardened. I had a frizzen face go soft on my LGPR after about a year of shooting. Strange, but it happens!
A guy I used to work with said his TC frizzen was too soft so he heated it with a torch and dropped it in a bucket of oil. Said he never had a problem with it since. Not sure if that is really adviseable, but if you were planned on buying a new one anyway......
Sure thing. Just get a color chart that describes the color of the metal relative to the hardening that is being achieved and heat / quench. It took me a couple of tries before I got it, but it worked and I had the flinter back in action in a day or two.