newbie to flintlock - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
Regular Visitor
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 52
Back To Top
newbie to flintlock

I need some pointers, my gf bought me a lyman 50 cal deerstalker for my b day today. I have never shot a flintlock in my life. What should i shoot round ball, power belts, etc? what grain should i use? i will be hunting white tail. Should i use pyrodex pellets 50s and how many? I was told to use 4f in the flash pan is that correct? Any other pointers would be greatly appreciated!! thanks
5pennies23 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 12:49 AM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Columbia/lycoming border
Posts: 1,881
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

Black powder only, no pyrodex you will have ignition issues. If you want to use roundball, or try hornady pa conical, or powerbelt if you like. As far as powder charge your accuracy will dictate the amount, have fun enjoy!

Anybody can shoot deer on the farm ground....You earn it in the mountains.......
BlackBruin is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 01:15 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Dale Sholder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Williamsport , PA. 17701
Posts: 4,333
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

My Deerstalker likes 80 grains of 3F with either a patched round ball or the 320 gr. maxiballs. Never tried powerbelts in it. Do not use pyrodex in pellets or loose. 4F in the flash pan altho with the 3F you can use that as well in the pan. Like BB said straight black powder. If you can find anything written by a gentleman named Dave Ehrig the read it. I learned a lot from his articles in the PA. game News.

Dale
Dale Sholder is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 09:20 AM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Bradford County, PA.
Posts: 1,060
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

My wife's Deerstalker shoots 240 grain Hornady XTP sabots, over 60 grains of 3f, exceptionally well.

There will be a learning curve with your flintlock. For most, flintlock shooting and hunting is a love/hate relationship. But...if you are diligent at keeping it clean and dry it should work just fine.

WMU 3A
wdchuckhuntr is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 08:53 PM
Administrator
 
great white hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: greensburg
Posts: 39,021
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

My deerstalker likes 70gr of 3f with 295gr HP powerbelts with 4f in pan.
great white hunter is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 09:06 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: lawrence co ,pa usa
Posts: 1,352
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

i will throw this out to you i dont live to far maybe a hour
u are more then welcome to come to my place and i can help you get started i have ranges here and plenty of different size patches and roundballs

hate hang fires
mountainman09 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 10:45 PM
The Man
 
410-er's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: 5B/northern lanc. co.
Posts: 6,376
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

Here is a good read for you.

http://www.cherrytreefamily.com/muzzledixon.htm

The answers to all of life's questions are found in the Bible!
410-er is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 11:25 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: western canada
Posts: 154
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

Pick up a copy of Lymans Blackpowder Handbook. Hundreds of usefull tips in it and dozens of loads for your rifle.
alsask is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 11:40 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Centre Cy, PA
Posts: 575
Back To Top
Re: newbie to flintlock

My sons deerstalker shoots 3f in 80 gr load under either a Patched Round Ball (PRB) .490 using .010 patches and same charge with a 370 gr maxi ball with a felt wad under it. Since we have it, we use 4f in the pan.
PA RIDGE RUNNER is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome