Anyone hunt with a Flintlock?

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  1. PA Jaeger

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    Any of you folks enjoy getting out in the woods with a Flintlock?

    Here in Pa from Dec 26th-Jan 15th is late season archery or Flintlock ONLY firearms.

    I've been out a few times this year with my custom .58 shooting a 325gr round ball w 85gr of 2F powder.

    Waiting for the snow to die down this am and going out this afternoon!
     

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    I currently hunt with a TC Renegade Caplock. Those long rifles shooting patched round ball really appeal to me. I have been wanting to get into flintlock, but have not made the leap yet. I find myself reading, watching youtube videos, and drooling over flinters a lot. Good luck this afternoon!
     
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    good luck brother! i wish i could get out with my firelock but i've had the mother of all stuck balls in mine for months, and it's defeated every thing i've come at it with. probably gonna have just bite the bullet and take it to a 'smith.
     
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    I've been out with my Lyman Great Plains Hunter .50 P1070302.JPG
     
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    Flintlock is the only way to go! I've been hunting deer and squirrel for about 20 years. It's my favorite way to hit the woods. You can prepare your rifle so snow and rain don't affect your hunt.

    My favorite is my Christian Springs build from Track of the Wolf.
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    We still shoot em...
    My younguns killed this one,when he was 8 yrs old,with a homemade 45cal flinter...dropped dead in his tracks...lol
     

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    Clueless. what have you tried on the stuck ball ? is it stuck or dry? Jim
     
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    Have you ever had a good grip on the ball and it would not move? Try a little bit of oil or soapy water down the barrel, let it set a little while, and then try again with the ball puller. It sounds like too dry conditions down there to get it moving.
     
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    I'd try some kroil oil, let it sit for a few days the try the bullet puller. Is it a patched round ball??
     
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    I have a Lyman Great Plains rifle in 50 cal. I love it but honestly, I can't hit the broadside of a barn with it. I just can't seem to get past the big poof in my face. As far as the stuck ball goes, have you tried air? Maybe remove the touchhole liner and get the pointy tip of an air hose in there? They sell something similar using those CO2 cans for BB guns but you could probably mod something together if you have the compressor and stuff.
     
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    I am surprised that no one has said to remove the barrel and then the breach plug. Then with the ram rod just push it out the breach.
     
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    It is not recommended that you remove the breech plug on a flintlock or caplock, there is many ways to remove a projectile for the barrel, I have a CO2 discharger that works great, you can push them out with grease,a range rod with a puller on it may work and in some cases you can pull the nipple/liner and trickle afew grains of powder in the breech reinstall the nipple/liner and shoot it out(if the ball/bullet is properly seated). When I asked if the ball was dry I was asking if it was loaded without powder?
     
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    thanks for the responses, all! there is a charge behind a .495 patched round ball, but it seams the powder was ruined by moisture. several attempts at yanking it with a ball puller ended with lots of lead chips on the ball puller and nothing else. not sure, but i may have drilled all the way through the ball. i sincerely hope not , because then the grease/co2/few grains of fresh powder tricks definitely won't work. some things have come up that pushed it to the back burner for a while, but i remain optimistic.
     
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    I have heard that Black Powder (not a sub.)will be ok after it dries. Might try and shoot it out. Best of luck.
    Jim
     
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    I'll second the CO2 discharger. It's the easiest way to get a stuck ball out. If you're using a puller, make sure you have a good bite on the ball. If the screw is dull, it may take a lot of pressure to get it into the lead. A good soaking can help.

    Be careful with a full charge and a ball stuck partway. No telling what shape the powder is in after a soaking.

    Carl
     

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