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Old 12-18-2011, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

I'm getting a heck of a delay for the time my pan goes off to the main charge igniting most of the time. Shooting a traditions deerhunter. Any good tips to reduce this?
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:26 AM
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

Could be too much 4F in pan and powder being too close to touch hole------That is an easy fix and is a large offender.

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Old 12-18-2011, 01:39 AM
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

Make sure you run a touch hole pick in the touch hole after you charge the Flinter. Run it in until you hit the charge. This will insure a direct path to the Powder. As was stated, try not to fill the pan to the top. A little is better than a lot.A well tuned Flintlock will fire as fast as a Pecussion.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

Thanks! I know I fill the pan as full as it will go. Got into muzzleloading a few years ago by myself so haven't really had anyone show me little tricks like that. I'll try putting less powder in and see what happens!
@Ron pa: You say a well tuned flintlock.... is there anything to "tuning" them I should know about?
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

exactly.....spark/fire should actually jump through the touch hole. alot of people turn the gun to the side and tap the powder into the touch hole. that actually slows down the ignition of the barrel powder because your waiting for the pan powder to burn through insted of jumping through. picture this, if you have two piles of powder in front of you wich way would be quicker to ignite them, a line of powder to one or a spark thrown at one. not sure of the name of them but theres a touch hole that is wider cone shape also helped with mine. They are fun guns, but can be frustrating sometimes.
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

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Could be too much 4F in pan and powder being too close to touch hole------That is an easy fix and is a large offender.

Dave
Agreed. I put maybe 1/3 pan full at most and then torque the barrel hard to the right and stop dead to stack the flash powder away from the hole. I also switched to FFF instaed of 2F - I think that helps as well.

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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

make sure before shooting that the flash channel from the touch hole to the main charge is clear.

After pouring the powder into the bore, smack the gun a few times on the side with the palm. (Settles powder into the flash channel and up to the touch hole.

Grains of powder should be visible in the hole.

The hole should be middle of the pan and elevated about even with the top of the pan.

only enough primer powder to cover the bottom of the pan. Not half full or 3/4 full.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:59 AM
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

Deuce
Don't be afraid to ask questions about your flintlock........There are MANY people on this board with loads of knowledge and willing to share!!!
Good Luck!!
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

I drilled my touch hole out to 5/64" on my Lyman and it's been great ever since.
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:09 AM
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Re: Any tips for reducing delay in a flintlock??

Drilling out the touchhole or even replacing it with a White Lightening or coned liner is an excellent idea. As to tuning,probably would be a good idea to send it to the Log Cabin Shop or Dixon`s, during the off season, and have it done right.
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