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PostSubject: flint help   November 4th 2014, 8:54 pm

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PostSubject: Re: flint help   November 4th 2014, 9:17 pm

What rifle do you have?

French Amber from www.trackofthewolf.com are awesome. Just need to know your rifle so I can help with flint size.
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PostSubject: Re: flint help   November 4th 2014, 9:25 pm

Its a hocken .54 from  cabelas
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PostSubject: Re: flint help   November 4th 2014, 9:53 pm

oh okay that would be Investarms ( Lyman trade rifle) 3/4"x3/4" Go with the french amber, they are great.

Shot expectancy varies from one to the next lock. On the great plains rifle I had, 30-40 shots before I had to knap the flint to have a sharp edge once more.
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PostSubject: Re: flint help   November 5th 2014, 6:06 am

I had a French amber flint come with my rock lock. It lasted for over 50 shots. It got short so I replaced it but kept it for my flintlock pistol.

The black English flints spark good but don't last as long .. same with the Rich Pierce chert flints.

I have never used them but the German amber flints are reported to be the best you can get but are very pricey.

Size matters. Yours probably takes a 1" x 7/8" but that's just a guess.

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PostSubject: Re: flint help   November 5th 2014, 7:42 am

Flint size is generally shown as width X length.  Measure the width of your frizzen for the first size.  Then I like the flint to almost touch the frizzen when at half cock.  Measure from the jaw screw to the frizzen for the second measurement.  I use leather in the jaws with a hole cut to allow the flint to b e set all the way back and I move it forward as wear requires.

I mostly use black English flints and get as high as 110 strikes (avg 70-80) with a few knappings.  Rich Pierce flints are very good tho not quite as many strikes (60-70) as the BEFs but quite a bit less expensive.
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