Originally Posted by sch Co
What do you guys do?
Some say after loading, pick the touch hole and tap some pan powder in/towards it.
Some say leave it and don't nock powder towards/into the touch hole.
What are your thoughts and why....
Picking before priming helps a little. A guy on Muzzleloading Forum (Pletch) has done extensive testing with high speed photography, and banking towards and away do little to decrease lock time.
Polishing the bearing surfaces of the lock will improve things much more! Just keep your polishing from canting the surfaces. I lay parts flat on emory cloth to polish. Polish, not sand or grind.
1. Both sides of tumbler, where it fits against plate, and where it is against the bridle. (take care to not lose the fly while tumbler is out).
2. Both sides of Sear, where it is against plate and bridle
3. top of frizzen spring, where the tab of frizzen contacts it. Bottom of frizzen tab.
4. Very light oiling of frizzen screw, where it goes through pan bridle.
5. Very light oiling where tumbler shaft goes through plate.
All of these will reduce lock time.