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New Flintlock, advice needed!

I purchased a flintlock yesterday from a guy at work who stopped hunting years ago and is getting rid of some of his stuff. Its a 50 cal thompson and he has had it for over 20 years. I am going to give it a good cleaning and oiling, any recommendations on how to or just look for a video on the internet? There is minimal rust on the outside of the barrel and a scratch or two on the stock. Can anyone tell me more about the gun and exactly what I will need to get started? Also, any idea on the value of the gun?


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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

Check to see if its loaded 1st!
Take it off the stock and scrub the barrel inside and out with 0000 steel wool and oil.
Remove the touchhole and then pump soapy water thru it followed by a warm rinse.
Dry the barrel inside with a couple patches and then use a hair drier to finish.
If you are going to store it for a while,light coating of Olive Oil inside and out.If you are going to shoot soon,just the outside.Keep the barrel dry.
Remove the lock by loosing the side bolt ALMOST the whole way.Tap the bolt to push the lock out then remove the bolt and lock.
Tooth brush and soapy wat the lock,rinse and dry with hair drier or oven at lowest setting.
When dry,light coating of Olive Oil over the lock inside and out.
Reassemble.
No oil on the frizzen face.Whipe that with alcohol.
I don't use any petrolium based oils on ANY of my guns anymore.Olive Oil is a much better rust preventer and when use in the barrel will not make tar when fired.
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.490 or .495 round ball
TC like .015 patches
Can of FFg and some FFFg or FFFFg for the pan
Jag to clean and patch puller
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Most 50cal TC's like 80grs of FFg,.490 ball,and .015 patch.

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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

I have the same rifle. Great gun for the hunting I do.

TC may send you an instruction manual if you ask them. Or you may be able to find one on the internet. I would read the manual before I started shooting. If you belong to a range see if they have some black powder shooters who can help you get started.

It looks like the flint is missing. Can you post photos of what you got with it? You may have everything 410-er mentioned already.

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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

I agree with 410er about everything but the steel wool inside the barrel. Leaves alot of steel wool lint and is a SOB to get out.Also it tends to wear the rifling. I'd suggest something like J&B bore cleaner, s lightly abrasive metal polish in a grease form. put some on a patch and run it up and down Actually tooth paste (not gel) will also work but not as well.

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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

BTW my TC likes the maxi ball over 90 gr. of FFG. I shoot round [censored] over a TC patch and 70 gr. of FFG.

I prefer the maxi ball for hunting and the RB for plinking.

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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

age? value?
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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

age ? You would need the SN for that and then a call to TC or an online list.

Value ? Condition, what came with it etc. Check GunBroker and check the price on the one's that have already sold.

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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

TC lost its records in the 90's fire.Put a pic up of the hammer.If its the old style lock they will send you a new/upgraded one free but old one has to go back 1st.As far as the steel wool,the 0000 steel fibers,if any left after a soapy bath,burn up at the 1st shot.
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New style-bottom
Note dip in hammer above slotted bolt head.


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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

I wouldn't use steel wool in the bore unless it was real rusty. The bore might be fine. There is a good chance that whatever oil was used as a preservative has congealed into a tar so you maybe need laqeur thinner or Hoppes # 9 to remove it. Even Kerosene or Jet A works good to cut old oil.
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Re: New Flintlock, advice needed!

A good alternative to steel wool is the greem 3M pads split them in half and push like a patch on a jag or wrap around and under sized bore brush.

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