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What do you guys use to cover your flintlocks when it's snowing or raining? I'm pretty new to flintlocks and need some ideas.
 

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I think a lot of us use what is known as a "cows knee". I've made several as gifts and mine tie onto your triggerguard with a couple of leather thongs. The cows knee then comes up and over the primed flintlock and is secured with another leather thong that I wrap a couple times around a bone or pewter button. There also known as lock covers. The Leatherman sells a commercially made one for $15.00. Just google The Leatherman and you'll find one under leather accessories on their site.
 

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I just got mine from Track of the Wolf. It is made by "The Leatherman" and I think it cost 12 bucks. I just put a coat of snowseal on it for some added protection
 

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Just checked out "Cooperstown Trading Post" never heard of them, looks cool and they have good prices. Do you know if they have a storefront?
 

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Here is what a cow's knee looks like. This one though is made of more like a suede material. Most I have seen have been stiff leather.
 

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This is what I use; it's made with Chamois leather used for car washing and saturated with Sno-seal. Slather the Sno-seal on and then dip it in hot water and work it in real good. Let it dry and recoat with Sno-seal. It should be waterproof then. Test it by drapping it over a drinking glass and put some water on top; if it goes through in a couple hours then retreat with Sno-seal. Once it's waterproof take off the excess so it's not so sticky with a shoe shine brush. The older the cover gets the better it gets. One of mine is over ten years old and will pass the water test for weeks and never go thru.
 

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They have strange hours call before you make the trip, It is a very cool shop they have it all
 

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It molds itself to the gun and lock and will stay put; it's an outstanding lock cover. You can make several for about 12 bucks. You just have to make and use one to see for yourself; posted many times but never hear back on how they like em. I have used the commercial ones and like these a whole bunch better. Try it and you will like it.
 

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also suggest putting a gob of beeswax at the barrel/stock intersection forward of the lock. This keeps rain from channeling down the side of the barrel into the pan
 

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Mossie,
I have one of your covers in the works and hopefully it's ready for the first day. one more coat this evening. the test idea is good
 

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Ill chime in a great idea just in case you dont get one or make one in time for this year----LOGGY uses an empty bread loaf bag with both ends cut open and then slid down the gun over the lock ---- add one rubber band to one end and another to the opposite---cheap and works!!!
 

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Mine's not tradition but I bought a plastic one from RMC several years ago.I sealed the inside with window insulation and it's 100% watertight.
 

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Bunky's right about me using a bread bag in my elcheapo years
but I bit the bullet & bought a Leatherman Lock cover 2 years ago from RMC. I just rub a lil SnoSeal(or use mink oil)if ya cant find SnoSeal) on it & 100% waterproof!! Does an outstanding job!!


 
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