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PostSubject: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 11:51 am

Found one at a yard sale today. Looks to be in great shape. Has some extra flints, some T7 pellets. In the box, no case. Asking $300. I wasn't able to look down the bore. Will scope the bore though if its worth pursuing.

Just wondering as it would be an easy opportunity to add a flinter to my arsenal.

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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 1:50 pm

for a used firestorm, i honestly think that $300 is a bit on the steep side. Offer $250 and see if he bites.
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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 2:08 pm

LOL, I'll go lower than that and meet in the middle somewhere. I'm looking for a value buy. You ever shoot this rifle? thoughts?

I know it rubs the traditionalists the wrong way but I don't mind that. What does puzzle me though is the stuff about shooting pellets. What is the big deal? Still need 4F in the pan so I don't see the advantage.

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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 2:40 pm

I have the thompson center firestorm in caplock. It uses the 209 primers and has a removable breach plug. The flintlock version also has a removable breach plug. My gun performs best with pyrodex pellets. If you pull the breach plug on that gun you will see it is cone shaped. The pellet sits on the top of that cone and flame from the primer comes in under the pellet. My gun has a 1/28 inch twist barrel but I think the flintlocks were 1/48.
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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 2:44 pm

Yep 1/48.

Regarding the flintlock version, why would anyone want to carry loose to prime and pellets for the main? What is the advantage?

Does the design of the breech plug make it harder to reliably shoot loose powder?

Do you like your cap version? What are the pros/cons of the gun?

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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 3:06 pm

the only advantage i see is that it would be easier for those that have a hard time finding real BP. Granted you still need 4f for the pan. Some shooters though still use a a booster charge of BP under the pellets to make sure it goes off.

But like you said, why go through all that trouble?
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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 3:27 pm

I can't find BP in Eau Claire anywhere. I'm trying to figure out how to get a couple pounds from ToTw in Elk River back to here without making the three hour round trip to get it.

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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 3:37 pm

I tried 777 ffg loose in my gun but it would not consistantly fire. I believe it has to do with how the flash channel is designed. I did not try loose pyrodex but I believe it would work. THe owners manual calls for either pyrodex pellets or black powder ffg for both styles and ffffg to prime the pan in the flinters.

I bought mine new a few years ago from a online dealer for 149.00. They only had one and wanted to get rid it. I believe they retailed in the 400 plus dollar range.

Pros It breaks down easily , it cleans up easily due to the removable breach plug, the 1/28 inch twist barrel allows me to shoot sabots with pretty good accuracy.. The fiber optic sights are nice in low light. Fun to shoot.

Cons A gun that retailed for over 400 should come with a better stock than TC supplied.









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PostSubject: Re: Used .50 cal T/C Firestorm flinter - whats it worth?   August 31st 2011, 6:08 pm

Thanks German for the insight!

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