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bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

bought a lyman and it shoots great. got my first flintlock deer yesterday and dropped it at about 80 yards. my issues are with the flints and the front sling mount. first the flint. I went to the local ML shop and they told me to use these flints to last the longest.


im getting about 5 shots per side then it becomes dull enough not to produce enough spark. what flints should I be using? or is there another possible problem?

2nd issue is that I cannot get the front sling off due to being hammered into the mount. I can tell it was hammered into the mount and I cannot pull it out. with it being hammered in the rear ramrod guide that the mount is attached to is loose. I would like to try to tighten it but I need the sling off and then somehow get the sling mount off of the ramrod guide? would a gunsmith be able to do this? thanks
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Re: bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

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3/4 "German Jaspis Flints Pack of Two (ML19234)

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Re: bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

I use German flints for years with no problems. Congrats on the blackpowder harvest.

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Re: bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

I use hand-knapped flints in my buddy's deerstalker. Not sure where those particular flints came from since my dad gave them to me, but I believe they are English knapped flints. Great spark, I am on 20+ shots with the one that is in there. I also have great success with this rifle and really like it. I whacked a groundhog with it this summer, ~90 yards off-hand with a PRB over... 85 grains of 3f? IIRC. It's a great gun, congrats on your purchase and esp. on your first flintlock deer. It's a great accomplishment! As far as your sling problem... I have yet to be able to solve the same problem myself. I never ended up putting a sling on it because of the lug being too tight to take the swivel. Not sure how it's set up never having looked at it, but could you grab the swivel with pliers maybe and unscrew the lug from the ramrod guide, then screw it all back together? I'll take a look at my rifle.

Edit: You should be able to do what I suggested above from looking at the rifle. Just loosen the entire lug and tighten the screw to the barrel, and then screw the lug back in. I'd give it a shot?

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Re: bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

Two things come to mind: What way do you have the bevel facing? Generally the angle should be facing down. Second when at half cock how far way is the flint from the frezzen? Should have a small gap.
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Two things come to mind: What way do you have the bevel facing? Generally the angle should be facing down. Second when at half cock how far way is the flint from the frezzen? Should have a small gap.
The bevel is facing down and at half cock the flint is against the frizzen but not pushing on it
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Re: bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

The flints I like to use on my TC's or Lymans are Black English,French Amber,and American Chert.I get 60-80 shots out of a flint.
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Re: bought used lyman deerstalker; issues flint,sling

Black English Flints work very well. Never had much luck with the German agate.
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Cooperstown trading posr in valencia will be able to help you
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Mine loves the black english!
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