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Post by Silent Kube » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:43 am

So I got this for my birthday. It's an Ultra-hi smoothbore flintlock marked .67 cal that my mom got at auction. Other than that, I don't know anything about it other than finding shot for it isn't the easiest thing. I was wondering if any of you guys know more about it than I do. It appears to have never been fired. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Particularly how much powder I should start with.

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Re: My Birthday Musket

Post by Buckskinner » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:58 am

It looks like you are going to need flint in that rock lock. I didn't see any in the jaws, after you put the flint in make sure it is for sure empty. Then cock it and pull the trigger, check for sparks from the frizzen.

Also it looks to be a military replica, that means round ball.

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Post by Halfapint » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:42 am

Damn that's pretty! I really like the old muskets. Congrats!
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Re: My Birthday Musket

Post by procyon » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:25 am

Silent Kube wrote: It's an Ultra-hi smoothbore flintlock marked .67 cal that my mom got at auction. Other than that, I don't know anything about it other than finding shot for it isn't the easiest thing.
It could use round balls, but accuracy is going to be less than stellar.
Honestly, after you get flint in the lock and make sure the frizzen will draw sparks - I would treat it like a BP 16 ga shotgun. Which it essentially is. Finding a mold for the round balls and casting some could be fun, but I would just stick to lighter BP loads and birdshot or buckshot. It should do well on small game once you get used to the flash from the pan. Wing shooting birds will be tougher as there is a lag between pulling the trigger and the shot going down range, and a lot of folks I know who have flintlocks stop swinging on the bird when the pan throws a big puff of smoke up.

Check to make sure it is unloaded first. Take out the ramrod and run it down the barrel. It looks like it should almost disappear into the barrel if it is unloaded. If it is sticking out a couple inches - lightly mark the ramrod with a pencil where the end of the barrel is at. Then take the ramrod out and line it up beside the barrel with the pencil mark even with the end of the barrel again. If the tip of the ramrod (that was down the barrel) doesn't reach to where the touch hole that leads into the barrel is - it has something down in the barrel.
Could be loaded. Could be that someone just rammed a ball down there without putting powder in it and couldn't figure out how to get the thing back out (run into that a couple times over the years). Either case will need a worm (looks like a screw that you put on the ramrod) to pull the ball out.

After you know it isn't loaded, check to make sure the barrel isn't rusted out badly back by the breech. Lots of folks don't get them clean and then the barrel rusts. If it is rusted out badly, I wouldn't trust it as a shooter. But it still looks awesome. Congrats.
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Re: My Birthday Musket

Post by manowar1313 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:08 am

Looks pretty nice, I usually take all my auction finds to a gunsmith just to be on the safe side.
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Post by Silent Kube » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:37 pm

Thanks guys. It doesn't have a flint. I'm going to pick a couple up at cabelas. I checked the barrel and even went so far as to run a camera down it. I don't think it's even been fired. The only place I've been able to find shot for it is track of the wolf. I'll probably get some just to have it but I was thinking I'd use it mostly as a fowler.

Any recommendations as to how many grains of ff powder to start with?
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Re: My Birthday Musket

Post by procyon » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:16 am

The old rule of thumb when I was younger was the low end for rifles was grains equal to the cal, and max was to work up to twice that. Pistols was half that and shotguns/muskets kind of straddled those.

I would probably feel safe starting around 35 gr of FFg BP or it's equivalent. Then work up from there to see what gives you the best accuracy.

A .67 cal ball should weigh about an ounce, so if you start around 3/4 - 1 oz of shot you should be ok. I would expect it to do pretty well dropping game with 1 oz of shot and around 45-50 gr of BP from what I have used. The big issue will be that you will probably find it has a cylinder bore (no choke) so that shots past 35 yds or so will get 'iffy' on small critters (squirrels, quail, etc).

Have fun! Shooting the old flintlocks has always a hoot for me.
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