How do you mount your English Flints?
Bevel up or bevel down?
Flat side up or flat side down?
This would be on a Lyman Deerstalker.
I have been using cut agates and they go bevel down.
Also what is the best size 5/8 x 3/4 or 3/4 x7/8.
"smoothed up the frizzen spring"
How did you smooth up the spring ? I know mine is a bit tight, and I'm afraid to try and get a bit more play by squeezing the spring a bit more with vise grips.
As long as it is not loose enough to rebound closed after it pops open, it is not an issue. As long as the sparks fly and ignite as it is supposed to, and stays open after, a screw a bit loose is not a problem.The lyman frizzen I got last year is loose on the lock when installed and in the open position on my Renegade.When they cut these to fit the lock did they cut it too much?Is better loose.If I loosen the screw for it slightly it actually made it alittle tighter when open.
I have a snuff can full of English flints and mostly install them long side down in my T/C Hawkins. I try different one's and see which one sparks the best. I think I need to replace my frizzen because I don't seem to be getting a good spark and it cost me a deer yesterday. I bought that T/C in the late 70's new and it's the original frizzen, I need to do a little work to get a better spark.
Thanks NiceRack, The old girl just doesn't have the spark she used to and it's time for some rework or replacement.hit it with some 80 grit sandpaper... smooth it out, shine up the bare metal take off all the hardening color make flint is adjusted to hit middle of frizzen but no to bottom out on pan