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lost or knocked askew.
A flint mounted squarely will strike
the full width of the frizzen to create the
most sparks possible. The flint should be
mounted close to the frizzen, but not so
close to push against it and expose the
priming powder - usually 4F (FFFFg).

KEEP IT DRY
It might be a cliché, and likely is the
oldest advice in gun history, but it's essential nonetheless. Keep your powder dry.
Moisture is the enemy of any blackpowder firearm's charge and priming.
With flintlocks, keeping the priming
powder dry can be a particular challenge.
The powder often might be dampened
by falling rain or snow, even moisture
absorbed from the air.
Various plastic and leather covers,
along with bread wrappers, plastic wrap,
rubber bands, wax and grease have all
been tried with moderate success to
protect the lock area of flintlocks. I have
10

found my hunting coat to be the easiest
and best protection.
I carry the rifle in the crook of my left
arm and hold the right side of my coat over
the lock area with my other hand.
In any weather, it's good to check
your priming powder often and replace
it periodically. If the powder is obviously
wet, wipe the pan clean with a dry rag and
clear the touchhole with a piece of wire
before repriming.
Opinions vary on how much priming
powder to use. In general, too little is
better than too much. Too much can slow
ignition because the flame has to burn
through the powder like a fuse before the
touchhole is reached.
But know also that too little powder can
slow ignition and affect accuracy through
delayed shots. Experiment and see what
works best. A good place to start is a pan
about half-full of powder that's kept away
from the touchhole, so the touchhole
doesn't become clogged.



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