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Old 08-25-2007, 01:18 PM
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I got my order of Tom Fuller black english flints, so i went and changed out the arkansas sawed flint " JUNK" Put the new TF flint on, wrapped in lead and went outside. The rifle has been loaded for close to Two weeks with 80 grains FFG triple 7, .530 PRB and there was an ever so slight, Ka-boom and it went off. Dead center but 5" low @ 100 yards. Second shot was loaded with 80 gns FFFg triple 7 and a PRB, BAM! No ka-boom, no slight delay, It was like shooting my percussion rifle! 2nd shot was about 2 1/2" lower than the first. Loaded up #3 and again, BAM! Dead center with #1 shot but 2 1/2" to the left. I think i got the load worked out for the rifle, but im going to swab the barrel clean and let it cool down and try 90 gns FFFG triple 7 and see how it does with grouping.

After shooting the flintlock today, i'll be packing this rifle with me also when hunting season comes around.

With the arkansas sawed flints, i'd have pure hell getting them to spark and when they would spark, the flint would just break and have to be knapped. These Tom Fuller flints are a dream come true for a guy shooting a flintlock! I bought a dozen of them for $21 shipped. It seems expensive until you mount one of these babies on.

On second thought, why burn up more powder when i can just adjust the sight up a wee bit
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Old 08-25-2007, 03:51 PM
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well thats enough for today. Last 3 shots i swabbed each shot this time. First was right on the line of the bulls eye and 5" to the left, second shot was 5" to the right and on my final shot i slowed myself down and took my time and squeezed off the shot and ended up with a direct center bulls eye shot. Rifle is done and will get cleaned and go into its blanket until hunting season.

Also found a mushroomed roundball that hit the railroad tie that i have my target sitting on. Pretty cool how good these things mushroom when they hit something hard. Also dug out a 410 gn great plains bullet.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:06 PM
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It is amazing how well a simple roundball expands. I have dug them out of deer I shot and the expansion is excellent. I always say, a roundball is a very under rated projectile. Put that thing in the right place and the deer is going to die.
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:19 PM
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Just got inside from sighting in pappy's cabelas sporterized hawken in .50cal and percussion. I loaded up 80 grains FFFG triple 7, CCI Magnum #11 cap and a 348 grain hollow point powerbelt. First shot @ 100 yards, Bulls eye, Second shot, touching the top of the black circle and a little into the white of the back ground. After that i called it quits. That one is ready for him to use on his cow elk and doe mule deer this year. Sighted in 2 rifles today and i am Beat. I dont do that much walking even while im hunting!
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