Alrighty. I went to the range with my .50 Traditions in hopes of mastering "improper ignition", and making sure my aim is still as bad as it's ever been.
Actually, my aim has never been a real problem for me. I've taken 8 or so Deer with my flinter in the limited time I walk with it, and IF it properly ignites, a harvest is almost sure to follow. This due mainly to keeping my shots in the 70 or less yard range I would suspect.
OK, I'll speak less of the shot "grouping", as they were all sufficient vital area marks (at 50 yds.), and more to the ignition. First shot through a clean barrel, frizzen, new flint, etc... no problems. OK, I DID NOT wipe anything after the first shot. I simply put a new charge in, and primed FFFF in the pan. Result = click pffffftttt. Burnt the pan powder, no charge ignition. I reprimed the pan, result = click pffffftttt a second time. Myself, I'd rather have the ole click and no pan ignition, simply because it scares me not knowing if charge ignition is just on a serious delay. So, I break out the tiny packets of alcohol wipes in my bag. I wipe the frizzen, pan, and pick the touchhole with a small wire. I did this same routine on the next 4 shots. Results = click boom. No delay.
Guess you learn every single day. In the past, I would never wipe with alcohol after every single shot. I'd say every 3rd shot or so. Guess what? It will be after every shot from now on. One thing I NEVER wiped in the past, and didn't on the range Saturday, is the flint. I always thought that would reduce spark. Based on Berkscoflinters response in another thread, I guess I should wipe the flint also. Well, all in all, I think I found the issue with my misfires.
Wipe, wipe, wipe. Makes you wonder how folks survived a few hundred years ago in a battle atmosphere.