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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-09-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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just replaced the flint but have weak spark will sanding frizzen help?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-09-2011, 05:21 PM
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Re: weak spark

Did you try flipping the flint over to get a better angle? Also make sure you didn't get any oil on the frizzen.

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Re: weak spark

DO NOT SAND THE FRIZZZEN! You can sand right through the hardened surface. Try wiping the surface with alcohol first and then make sure your flint is sharp and adjusted properly.

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Re: weak spark

Grey Bear is right.Do not sand! What flint are you using?

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Re: weak spark

ybnorm: you didn't say what type of gun or flint you are using.

If aq TC and it has been used some, you might be through the case hardening. If not a TC, are you using a cut flint, English or French flint. Most flint guns other than TC's work better with an English flint vs a cut flint. Grey Bear is of course correct about sanding. Is the flint leaving raised marks on the frizzen or digging into the face of the frizzen?

Frizzens made from proper alloys and hardened right, are very resistant to being marked by the flint striking them. I have guns made 30 years ago that were fired perhaps thousands of times that barely show any wear on the frizzen face.

No amount of sanding will correct a soft frizzen. Another frizzen or hardening the one you have are usually the only cures.
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Re: weak spark

What kind of lock are you using? Could be a geometry issue with the angle the flint is striking the frizzen. I had to put another piece of leather under the flint on my Lyman. I know some put T/C hammer on their Lymans.
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Re: weak spark

wont sand it is a old cva kit i put together more than 25 years ago dixon installed the new flint it is french i belive there looks like a line starting to appear where the flint is striking the frizzen i have been using this gun since i put it together and never had it fail to shoot i have another lock from a deer river deer hunter that fits but would like to keep the same lock thank you for the replys i might have frizzen replace if that is a option
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Re: weak spark

You may need to replace the frizzen. I had to send my lock back to T/C for the same issue.

Last Oct after seeing only antlered deer I went to shoot it and clean it out. After 10 tries I flipped the flint & it fired.

The frizzen was marked up alot and changing to one of the 'better' knapped flints didn't help. Since it was dad's gun from the early 80's I sent the lock back to T/C, cost me around $12.00 at the UPS store.

About 6 days later I got a new lock w/ a fresh flint and the rest fo a T/C 4 pack of flints in the box [their flints at the local store cost about as much as UPS did] and a note that they could not get a new frizzen to seal tightly on my lock so they replaced the whole lock.

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