Tribunal Power wrote:Is there anything the starter kit does not contain that I absolutely need (black powder excluded)?
TheLastRifleMan wrote:My Dad like Track of the Wolf for a lot of his stuff. they are pricey, but they have it. The Possible's is also very good, with Dixie Gun works next. Last few times I ordered from Dixie I was disapointed becuase my order was wrong. They fixed it, but it took extra time and money.
Why flintlock? Not criticizing, just curious.
Here is the last one my Dad built:
From start to finish. Thie is the 10th or 11th one he has built.
TheLastRifleMan wrote:Why flintlock? Not criticizing, just curious.
AgentBlack wrote:One thing to remember about modern muzzle stuffers. As lock works go, just about any percussion lock will do a fair job. But, when it comes to flintlocks a cheap lock is just that, a cheap crappy lock that will wearout on you. Some guys will buy a cheap rifle and change out the lock with a nice custom works. But I have had good luck with cheap locks just using good maintenance practices (keep it tightened, lubed, clean, and adjusted). Plus I'm too cheap to buy a custom lock!
Tribunal Power wrote:Well folks, I placed my order. I purchased the Kentucky Flintlock pistol in .50 by Traditions from The Possible Shop, along with the .50 Starter Kit. It was one of the more inexpensive pistols, but I'm okay with that-- I wanted to start out small just to be sure I don't spend a ton of money on something I end up being 'meh' about.
I know there are a few odds and ends I still need, but there's one thing I can't put off: I need some good ol' black powder.
So, do you folks have any reccomendation? It looks like I'll be needing FFFg, and I've been told it's wise to simply crush down your FFFg for priming powder rather than spending the time and money to track down and buy some FFFFg.
What is a good, reputable brand of FFFg powder that won't cost a buttload of money? Bear in mind I have to order online, and there's a $25 fee for shipping hazardous materials, so I'm looking to keep this cheap. I need a good compromise between the powder's performance and price.
PackLemming wrote:Pyrodex or 777 the argument over which reigns supreme is old as the hills and largely irrelevant
You can of course make your own Black Powder with readily available resources. The concoction is basically idiot proof so long as you take sparking hazard safety into consideration during your combine.
75% Saltpeter, 15% Charcoal, 10% Sulfur
Your grain size if starting with a home made batch will need to be uniformed. This can be accomplished by turning your completed combine of Black Powder in a rotary while spraying the mixture very lightly with alcohol, this will cause the powder to clump together as it is turned on itself, kinda like the process of folding bread dough. The rotary will be much like a cement mixer. To make your own rotary simply take one inexpensive bucket preferably thin walled and light, drill a hole in its center and poke a spindle through and tighten it. Connect your spindle to your electric handrill and now you can turn your Black Powder mix till kingdom come and then sieve your granules according to the desired size.
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