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Went out with the rocklock today to shoot a few new loads. Not sure what it is, but the snow gets into my system and I get the itch to shoot the flinchlock.

Sure was nice to get out and make some smoke again!!! Really relaxaing for me...


Went out today and shot 8 shots, testing a higher charge I didn't get to shoot yet.

Set the target up at around 65 yards, right where I like to shoot the flinters at and sight them in.

First shot was high and to the right. Typical of changing to the load that I did. Not to mention I didn't give this rifle much range time, and I still needed to tuned left and right.

I adjusted the sight on the rear and got it down a little bit.

I then shot a 5 shot group to see what this load would do at this distance and how it grouped. I was very pleased. Very tight group for a "hunting" flinter.


I moved the sights to get the POI down and to the left for the last two shots. I moved them a little too far, but it is good for now until the next time I shoot it when I can "fine tune" it so to speak.

I was very pleased with the groups the flinter was getting. It's a lefthand Lyman .50 caliber Deerstalker...

Still "seasoning" the barrel and breaking it in... the barrel is somewhat still virgin, with around 15-20 shots out of it total. I usually shoot a TC Renegade in .54 caliber, and this one is considered a back up. I don't shoot this one that often, but it's been a shooter the few times I took it out.

Load was 70 grains of FFFg, with 4F in the pan, tossing a 240 grain PA Conical. No patch. I still didn't get a chance to shoot roundballs out of it.

In fact, this gun hasn't seen many different combos at all. Just PA conicals and FFFg. And I have yet to pass 70 grains of powder. Talk about slowly breaking it in and testing with it. I owned it for over 2 years now.


Anyways, thought I'd share.

If anyone has any advice on how to fine tune this adjustment I need to make, I would be very happy to hear the input. It's to the point where I'd like to move it, although most wouldn't.

Just not sure how to approach making the adjustment. I need it to go about 1" to the right.

Hope all you frontstuffers are having a good season... I'd love to go out with one of mine after Christmas but I can't.

Good luck to all of you who venture out there with the Rocklocks in 2009-2010!!!



Today's Target




The Flinter...

 

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Thanks!

I would love to use it... maybe next year. I seem to always grab the TC Renegade first, but this one definately shoots good.

I might get me a doe tag for camp next year for after Christmas... just to get me back up there and out with the flintlock.

I didn't get to go hunting with the flintlock since '99.
 

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Thanks guys... yea, that chew is getting me mad. I need to quit in a bad way.

Does anyone have any advice on how to fine tune this sight to the left? It only needs to go about 1", but it will bother me.

I'd rather be 1" high or low, then 1" left and right. Just one of those things that will constantly nag me when I look at the rifle. lol

I don't want to tap the front sight as that makes a big difference. And have no idea how to know how much I moved the rear sight... maybe make some marks?

In all reality, that is more than good enough. But if there is any advice on how to fine tune that to get it dead center, I'd really appreciate the input!
 

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scott and stalk said:
cant fine tune a sight like that haha i have the same gun...you wont notice the 1" on a deer though, dont worry about it
It's going to bother me I think... because the other flinters are right there. And I know this one can be...

Maybe I'll slightly tap to front sight and see.

Or just wait until I break in the barrel the rest of the way and see where it's at after that?
 

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and you call me a hillbilly. you used a dang skoal can to show the size of your shot group. atleast your still chewin the good stuff. you da man SMASH.
 

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Looks like pretty good shooting to me. I don't know what the sights are like on a Lyman rifle but it looks like you need it to go right ( you stated left) about an inch to be dead on. If it's a dovetail front sight you can tap it to the left with a brass punch and it won't take much of a tap.

Open sights adjustments: Move the front in the opposite direction and move the rear in the same direction of correction.
 

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Nuge great lookin gun and that's a heck of a group too. How did you get it to shine like my fiancee's engagement ring? I just bought the same gun (right handed) and the finish is kind of dull. My buddies say linseed oil but I guess i'm just nervous without seeing the end results of using linseed.
 

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mossie said:
Looks like pretty good shooting to me. I don't know what the sights are like on a Lyman rifle but it looks like you need it to go right ( you stated left) about an inch to be dead on. If it's a dovetail front sight you can tap it to the left with a brass punch and it won't take much of a tap.

Open sights adjustments: Move the front in the opposite direction and move the rear in the same direction of correction.
Thanks Mossie. I moved them today a few times to get it as close as I can, but not sure if there is a way to "fine tune" so to speak.

I saw I typed left instead of right... I do that alot after shootin the flinter and smelling the smoke


I know if I go tapping on either "wedge" on the bottom of the sight, they will move more than I want them to. Thought maybe some of the flinters that shoot them all the time would have some sort of way of moving the sights just a little and not a lot. On mine, the wedges aren't in there really tight. Tight enough though.
 

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ZJSullivan said:
Nuge great lookin gun and that's a heck of a group too. How did you get it to shine like my fiancee's engagement ring? I just bought the same gun (right handed) and the finish is kind of dull. My buddies say linseed oil but I guess i'm just nervous without seeing the end results of using linseed.
Thanks!

I refinished the entire stock using Tru Oil made by Birchwood Casey. Easy as cake. Pics don't do it justice with the camera I was using for the pics. The thing is like a piece of glass... very nice in person.
 

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Nuge just try to tap the rear site slightly. i never moved the front sight on any of my guns. on the deerstalker sights especially, if you slip and hit the tip of the front sight youll break off the little white plastic bead. just be careful if you try it
 

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Thanks Scott.

I know that the front sights are also very sensitive, so for the amount of movement I need, it would be too much by moving the front.

I think the rear can be slightly "tapped" though. I'm going to try. See what happens and report back.
 

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thats the only downfall with the dovetail sights like the deerstalker has haha it takes force to move it even a tiny bit and usually if you need to move it a small amount like you need you almost always move it too much haha
 

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PM sent----great looking gun you have there!
 
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