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I just bought a traditions deerhunter flintlock. It would save me a lot of trouble if anybody has one and knows what load is most accurate. p.s. I will use any kind of projectile but preferably only real black powder, not pyrodex in my flintlock.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

If it's a true flintlock, you are much better off with GOEX.
Do you have a source for black powder?

Bubba

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

keep us posted how it goes, I have always been tempted to go more primitive, not more modern

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

I have a 1:48 twist barrel and have good luck with 85 grains of Pyrodex with greased patched round balls.

My rifle is percussion. Not sure what powder your barrel requires.

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from Hobob wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

The caliber is important to know but if its 50 I'd start low and work up. Your best bet is to read up alot and be safe. How low you start is a matter of opinion. Cleaning it when your done is not an option but a requirement every time or it will rust up.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

If you're going to shoot round ball, try both pillow ticking and worn denim for patching. My son and I each have a T/C Hawken flinter, his likes ticking, mine prefers denim. Good shooting!

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from Kenton wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Congrats on getting in to the true meaning of muzzleloader hunting. I agree with the above and would caution you too keep the pan dry. If you're hunting in any kind of precipitation you can easily get a missfire.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Pyrodex is extremely unreliable in a flint gun without a starter charge of black powder. I would recommend GOEX black powder in ffg if the gun is .50 caliber or larger. I use Swiss null b for a pan charge in my flint guns but I have used fffg GOEX. The old guys didn't carry a horn with ffffg priming, that came about after the turn of the 20th century.

What caliber is your rifle? If I knowe that I can recommend ball diameter, patch thickness and charge weight.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Midway has Goex, Swiss and one or two other brands of Black powder. Cabelas has some good flints. I use Goex 2F for a starter (it has lower pressure than 3F) and Blackhorn 209 for the main charge. BT keeps the cud down in your barrel and you can make several shots on the range before cleaning. Most flinters are rifled for round balls and do not shoot conical bullets very well. I have had good luck with the buffalo bullets Ball-ett. It is a very short hollow base bullet that comes pre-lubed.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

If it's a true flintlock, you are much better off with GOEX.
Do you have a source for black powder?

Bubba

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Hobob wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

The caliber is important to know but if its 50 I'd start low and work up. Your best bet is to read up alot and be safe. How low you start is a matter of opinion. Cleaning it when your done is not an option but a requirement every time or it will rust up.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 007 wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

If you're going to shoot round ball, try both pillow ticking and worn denim for patching. My son and I each have a T/C Hawken flinter, his likes ticking, mine prefers denim. Good shooting!

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

keep us posted how it goes, I have always been tempted to go more primitive, not more modern

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

I have a 1:48 twist barrel and have good luck with 85 grains of Pyrodex with greased patched round balls.

My rifle is percussion. Not sure what powder your barrel requires.

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from Kenton wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Congrats on getting in to the true meaning of muzzleloader hunting. I agree with the above and would caution you too keep the pan dry. If you're hunting in any kind of precipitation you can easily get a missfire.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Pyrodex is extremely unreliable in a flint gun without a starter charge of black powder. I would recommend GOEX black powder in ffg if the gun is .50 caliber or larger. I use Swiss null b for a pan charge in my flint guns but I have used fffg GOEX. The old guys didn't carry a horn with ffffg priming, that came about after the turn of the 20th century.

What caliber is your rifle? If I knowe that I can recommend ball diameter, patch thickness and charge weight.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Midway has Goex, Swiss and one or two other brands of Black powder. Cabelas has some good flints. I use Goex 2F for a starter (it has lower pressure than 3F) and Blackhorn 209 for the main charge. BT keeps the cud down in your barrel and you can make several shots on the range before cleaning. Most flinters are rifled for round balls and do not shoot conical bullets very well. I have had good luck with the buffalo bullets Ball-ett. It is a very short hollow base bullet that comes pre-lubed.

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