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IT MAKES sense to use the venerable black powder that your ancestors fed their flintlocks. Black powder may be dirtier than replica powder, but it sure does ignite in all sorts of temperatures and even with anemic sparks in cold weather. least seven of those little fireflies leaping from the frizzen you are ready to load. If not, check to make sure that the screw is tight at the base of the cock and that the flint is tightly locked into the jaws of the cock. Be sure that the edge of the flint is sharp, like the edge of a broken piece of glass, and is aligned to the face of the frizzen, but not touching the steel. One of the common reasons that a flintlock doesn’t spark is that the flint needs to be replaced or knapped (if it is an English/ French/German/Jasper type of stone). Always start a deer hunt with a new flint; it doesn’t make sense to save a buck on the flint stone only to lose the buck you’re after in the woods. Getting Into Basic Black Now that you have reliable ignition, feed that flintlock pan some basic black. Replica muzzleloader powders are not black powder. They have higher ignition temperatures (about 740 degrees F) than black powder (about 480 degrees F). It makes sense to use the venerable black powder that our ancestors fed their flintlocks. The stuff may be dirtier, but it sure does ignite in all sorts of temperatures, and even with anemic sparks in cold weather, replicas don’t. The reason manufacturers recommend 4Fg black powder is that it ignites faster than 3Fg or 2Fg, and does it for the same reasons that tinder lights easier than kin60 dling or fuel wood in your fireplace. On the other hand, priming powder doesn’t last all day. The stuff that you primed the pan with in the morning does not stay dry all day. Black powder is made from carbon, sulfur and saltpeter, and that salt absorbs moisture. Once the priming powder dampens, its ignition temperature raises, making it harder to ignite. The priming powder should be changed every hour, or whenever it has that clumpy look to it as you push it around the pan. Considering the small amount that you use in a day, it makes sense to change it often. Some experienced flintlock deer hunters prefer to use the larger, 3Fg black powder for both their bore fuel and their prime. The 3Fg doesn’t attract moisture as quickly as the 4Fg, and it seems to work with acceptable ignition time for hunting. Be sure, however, that there’s a good hot shower of sparks coming from your frizzen. Flintlock ignition should be instantaneous. When a hunter squeezes the trigger, the result should be a bang, not an audible click, foom, ka-pow. If your flintlock is a “flinchlock,” then you know you have a problem with slow ignition. A clean frizzen, free of skin oils, a sharp flint and a halfpan of black powder prime should result in a gun that fires the main powder charge in the barrel in 5- to 7-hundredths of a second. To ensure good ignition in the barrel, do not use replica powders. And, religiously run a pick (wire or paper clip end) into the touch hole every time you prime. This prevents misfires (flashes in the pan) and speeds up the lock time. GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 41
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 51
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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