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evolved from the need for a weatherresistant ignition system. That means
they have fewer problems than
flintlocks, right? Actually, percussion
rifles experience many of the same
problems.
Lock time is a function of spring
strength, friction, hammer speed
and flash-channel distance. Friction
between the parts inside the lock
reduces lock time,
promotes flinching,
and leaves the
hunter with a good
deer tale instead of
a hanging deer tail.
So begin the tuning
process inside the
lock mortise and lock
plate. Lubrication
with light oil is vital.
T h e h a m m e r , Joe Kosack
or striker, on the
percussion lock has some of the same
problems as the cock on the flinter's
lock. Make sure that it is attached
tightly to the tumbler or it won't
deliver the solid smack to the cap that
is needed for ignition.
There are new problems that
arise with inline and side-hammer
percussion systems. Because you will
be dealing with temperamental little
#11 percussion caps that tend to fall
off the barrel's extension tube, called
a "nipple," or slip out of the 209
breech plug, you need to pay extra
attention to details. Because the flash
channel is longer than the flintlock's,
the gases tend to cool, and because
moisture can totally jam the system,
the system tends to be persnickety.
Nipples/channels are not a permanent
piece of the percussion puzzle. They
wear out just like flints, and need to
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be replaced in time. So always check
the shoulders (the top) of the nipple
or flash channel of the breech plug
to make sure that they are not bent
or clogged. If the tiny flash hole has
opened up from the heat of repeated
use, or if the metal has crystallized
irregularly, replace the nipple or breech
plug. Rusty and loose fitting nipples/
breech plugs are dangerous.
A necessary evil of
shooting percussions
is dealing with the
flash channel. Make
sure that you use a
nipple pick to ensure
the base orifice is
open. Repeated
shooting drives
unburned percussion
particles into and
around this hole that
will close in time.
Also, use the hottest cap that you can
buy for your rifle.
Standard #11 caps give irregular
ignition to the replica powders, a
Magnum #11 is better. Or for those who
retrofit to a U.S. Musket Cap, you can
expect even greater volumes of hot gas
and more dependable ignition. Even
the 209 primers are different. Some
inlines shoot far better with the
reduced volumes of gas produced by
the muzzleloading 209 instead of the
standard shotgun 209.
When fulminates of mercury were
discovered to work in percussion
rifle systems, they changed the gun
industry. But with these original pressure
sensitive particles or "percussion caps"
used in rifles and muskets until the end
of the black powder era (close of the
19th century), there was a real issue
in dealing with the highly destructive
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