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Old 12-03-2011, 07:57 PM
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Ok, how many flintlock shooters do we have around here. I originally started with a caplock like most folks but decided to try a flintlock and got hooked. My first flintlock was a Lymans Plain rifle in 54 caliber. I killed a couple of deer with it but decided I wanted something I could squirrel and bird hunt with also. I had a double barrel 12 ga caplock that I had killed a lot of squirrels and several deer with, so I decided to try a flintlock smoothbore. I ordered a Narragansett Arms Fusil-de-chase 62 cal smoothbore flintlock and have fallen in love with it. It is accurate with a patched round ball out to about 50 yards and shoots a mean spread of #4 shot. I have killed six deer with the Fusil to date. My wife said if I keep getting more primitive in my hunting styles, I will soon be hunting with a club or big rock.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:21 AM
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I shoot one started last year I had just finished a 6 month project of building a custom 54cal percussion gun and was test firing it with a guy who shot a flinter I tried his bought a used TC45 and i have been playing with it they are alot of fun to shoot once I take a deer with my custom built I plan on tring the flint in the deer woods
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:59 AM
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Started with a 45 cap lock in 1971, hunted with it during the regular deer season and liked the BP thing. Then Pennsylvania added a special flint lock season, so I converted it and loved flint.

I have a 45 flintlock, a 50 flintlock and a20 ga flint that I've sued for ducks on fair days. On ducks it helps to have a spotter in the other end of my duck boat to 'call the shot'.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:57 AM
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I started with my great uncle's thompson center 50 cal. hawkens a couple of years ago. I really like shooting and hunting with it and every year there is about 10 or 12 of us that go to up state PA for the last few days of the flintlock season and we always have a good time.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:21 AM
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January 2nd week, northern counties of PA with about 20 inches of snow, my flintlock, a light pack and snowshoes...as good as it gets.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:15 AM
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I have several flintlocks. A couple Lymans, the Great Plains Hunter and the Trade Rifle, a couple T/C Hawkins Flintlocks, and a Traditions Flintlock. Also I do want a custom one made for me with a Seiler lock, and Colerain swamped barrel. So that is in the future.

I have taken deer with the Trade Rifle. Its a .54 caliber and plants deer just fine. Currently I am shooting the Great Plains Hunter with 80 grains of 2f powder and a 295 powerbelt. Very accurate load there.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:34 AM
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I'm another one... Haven't shot any of my caplocks in years.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:19 AM
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I shoot a T/C Hawken. This upcoming season in PA will be my fifth. I'm an old fart & have my share of deer so now it's about the challenge & trying to keep some skills. I love the flint.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:33 AM
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I have a .54 Great Plains flinter and a .32 Pedersoli Frontier. I have both a flint lock and a percussion lock for the Pedersoli and can switch back and forth by replacing the touch hole liner with a drum and nipple.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:09 PM
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All I have are flintlocks, Lyman 54's and a Pedersoli .32.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:11 PM
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Went to the Muzzleloaders Museum (not the formal name) located in northern Kentucky outside of Cincinnati in 1995. They have a permanent display of hand crafted muzzleloaders (both flint and percussion) and I fell in love with the concept of living 150 years ago. I purchased a one-off flinter by Danial Davison, 50 Cal. It is dead on at 50 yards with a charge of 85 grains of FF loose powder, 1 over powder wad, one patched round ball and a flat pan of FFF primer. The only problem is my 67 year old eyes have some difficlty picking up the front blade but I am unwilling to switch to fiber optics, etc.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:42 AM
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I picked up a Lyman GPR flintlock from a friend who had bought it used from someone else. The friend had never shot it. I have not shot my caplock rifles since. (I do have a Caplock SXS 12 gauge, that I use now and then.).
The GPR is a .50 cal. I picked up a .54 smoothbore barrel for it from Green Mt.
Then, I discovered flintlock Fowlers. I have one in 20 gauge from Matt Avance at Tennessee Valley Muzzleloading. I have another - a 16 gauge - being made for me by Mike Brooks (index).
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:56 PM
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I've been hunting exclusively with flintlocks for years and only occasionally shoot my caplocks and modern guns for fun at the range. Once you go flint, you won't go back.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:05 PM
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I have Lyamn and T/C flintlocks in .45, .50 and .54 calibers and have used them for years. All the best...
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:37 PM
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I have a left hand .50 Lyman Deerstalker and a left hand RMC .50. They are both good shooters, but the RMC is easier to maintain. The breech plug make cleaning really easy. Too bad they are out of production.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:51 PM
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My wife bought me my first flintlock about 20 years ago. It was a .45 Pedersoli Blue Ridge. When I retired a little over six years ago, my wife bought me a .54 GPR flint kit. Both of these flinters are very accurate and super reliable. After shooting flint, my percussion guns tend to stay in the gun rack.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:39 AM
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I've been shooting flintlocks since 1964. I am currently using a hand built flintlock rifle that has a 50 cal x 32 inch rifled barrel and a Siler flintlock I built from a kit. Lots of whitetails and muledeer but so far no elk. I'm hoping that next year will be the year. This rifle shoots sub 3" groups at 100 yards with my current hunting reload when I do my part. Good luck everyone!
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:40 PM
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Brad. I got those old foggy eyes also. Using a piece of brass I filed and fit a piece of brass into the front dovetail, then cut a groove and fitter a piece of German silver into it as a blade. the brightness and the silver color make picking up the front easier; and it looks totally authentic. Not the best for the deer hunting today (last day of the flintlock season) because of the snow, but still overall; it is great for my eyes. Just a thought.

I did fit a fiber optic sight about 45 years ago to a Zouave 58 caplock. None available and I used a Ithaca RayBar shotgun sight. that works great but is a non-traditional (I'd not deface that rifle today).
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:20 PM
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I have shot flint for years, mainly muskets and fowlers. I have a Brown Bess .75, a Charleville .69, and a 1803 Harpers Ferry .58 rifle (all replicas). I actually like to shoot trap with the muskets. I have shot ducks, grouse, pheasants and deer with the muskets - gotta love the versatility of a smooth bore
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:56 PM
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I'm a rock shooter. Mainly squirrels with a .36 Shenandoah or one of my own rifles in .36. I like the thrill of the flash in the morning, then waiting for that satisfying thud of the squirrel while waiting for the smoke to clear.
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