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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-29-2011, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Another first flintlock..................

Just bought my first muzzle-stuffer last night.

Never really had any interest in blackpowder guns. Not sure I do yet. But last year, I bought this (vintage circa 1978-1980) NIB CVA 50 cal flint Mountain Rifle for my sister off GunBroker. The Post Office destroyed the toe of the stock & buttplate (on purpose, no less) then denied the insurance claim by lying and saying that a flint longrifle was a "prohibited item". Nevertheless, the rifle balanced like a dream in my hands and was a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Anyways.......... long story short..........My sis bought another flint gun......a T/C Hawken off GunBroker so I gave her what she had in the busted CVA and figure to repair the stock and have ordered a replacement buttplate.

Soooooo......... at the very least, I have another gun. One that's busted & in need of repair. Another one that I'll probably not have time to shoot. But I have it and it's a gorgeous piece of primitive weaponry.

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Re: Another first flintlock..................

Congrats strut on your new purchase WARNING once you start shooting your Black powder gun you may never back to your modern firearms. Let us know how she shoots.
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Re: Another first flintlock..................

BuckStalker makes a good point! LOL Welcome to the obsession Strut10!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 11:33 AM
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Re: Another first flintlock..................

Stocks may be available from Deer Creek, (no web site, I'll have to find the number. They seem to have all the parts for CVA's) Also stocks come up on ebay and the auctions almost weekly. Sometimes along with percussion locks. Having the CVA MTN rifle with both flint and perc locks would be worth a premium
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Re: Another first flintlock..................

With a minor amount of load work up, the MTN rifles can be tack drivers. Id say 75 grains of 2f, a 490 round ball and a thick patch moistened with olive oil. Just a pinch of 4fg in the pan. A common beginner mistake is putting too much powder in the pan.
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Re: Another first flintlock..................

Thanks for the advice all !!

Has anyone ever tried conicals in their flinters?? My wife's uncle cast some REAL (rifling engages at loading) bullets for my sister's T/C Hawken to try. She hasn't tried them yet. But i'm thinking I may want to give them a whirl to see. They have driving bands and, I guess, you just seat them un-patched on the charge.

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Re: Another first flintlock..................

REALs were fine in concept. The MTN rifle has much deeper rifling than a TC Hawken. Even if made with pure lead, it may be a palm bruising task to push that bullet past the muzzle. If you get it in, will it seal the bore (ie grooves) or permit too much blow by. Blow by can actually melt parts of the bullet. Many folks have had poor results with REALs in deep groove round ball barrels. You are right about wusing no patcch, although some folks use an over powder card or wad as a buffer between the powder and the flat base of the bullet. I got a deal on REAL molds years ago. I think I had 10 new ones. Hated them, had lousy results. Sold or swapped the things away.
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