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Took my camera hunting, and shot some footage at the range afterwards shooting my Thompson Center .54 Renegade.

I just love shooting this rifle! I have a couple more videos that I'm in the process of editing and will post on Youtube later.

I find it hard to believe the intensity of the ignition, just inches from your face!

Please feel free to share your favorite flintlock pics in this thread!





 

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Makes you realize that everyone should really be shooting with some type of eye protection on. Sorry I'm a safety guy in real life.
 

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zimmerstutzen said:
a normal load sure doesn't muzzle flash like that.
90gr Swiss 2F, Hornady ball on prelubed patch. This is my normal load. The Swiss brand powder is new to me though, in the Harrisburg area I'd have an easier time finding a unicorn then a can of Goex. I had to drive to Dixon's in Kempton to get Swiss powder.
 

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Yep and about ten grains wasted in muzzle flash that short barrel.

An efficient load tends to be a narrow forward streak of red, whereas excess powder still burning when the ball exits the muzzle, tends to go out perpendicular and radialy to the barrel as the flame is disbursed.

How much are you putting in the pan to get all that flash.
 

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I use half of a pan load. I use a touch hole pick to push a little thru the touch hole. Then I close the frizzen and turn the rifle lock side down to move the powder towards the outer edge of the pan.

I never fill the pan all the way up.
 

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I think I remember you posting a very similar set of pics last year, about the same time of year. Can't remeber exactly, but I don't think the muzzle flash was that bad in the pics last year?
 

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I use just barely enough to have a single layer of 4f grains covering the bottom of the pan.

Also, there has been some sophisticated tests about whether the pan powder should be banked toward or away from the touch hole. Like you I always banked away from the touch hole. Old timers told me powder burns away from the surface it is on and sparks would be thrown to the touch hole better if piled on the side away from the touch hole. . It seems the old conventional way of banking away from the touch hole may be a few thousandths of a second slower than just letting it lay evenly across the pan.

(It may also have something to do with the shape of the pan. As I recall a Chambers lock was used in the tests)
 

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yes I did post some pics last year. They were frames from the youtube video LAST YEARS YOU TUBE VIDEO LINK
This year it was almost dark, whereas last year it was sunny. I need to go back to the range and experiment with the Swiss powder. I might be able to drop down to 60-70 grains vs the usual 90grains of Goex.
 
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