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    WANTED Fast lock-time flintlock pistol .

    A high-end lock is usually faster than a second rate piece. Fastest ever were the late flint locks by Manton and contemporaries. (Say 1810 -1825) French cock, roller frizzen and inset breech all add speed.... When I say French cock, these were good because they stood up well to the short throw...
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    Barrels Silver Soldered or Brazed

    We always called the tool a "soldering iron", and yes, the working part is copper for heat retention.
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    Barrels Silver Soldered or Brazed

    Gus, Very good information! Hope you are keeping well. Never even Heard of this stuff, but should invest in some. Thank you my friend, Richard.
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    Lets see some flintlock pistols!

    Couple of ours, One's my sisters, (Barbar) and the other mine;
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    Barrels Silver Soldered or Brazed

    A pal back in Blighty found a double barreled 12 -bore in a hedge, and both ribs were loose. He cleaned and epoxied the ribs down with "Araldite glue. The ribs stayed put until the second shot. Solder is much more forgiving and elastic than epoxy in most cases. I should add, that the ribs were...
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    Barrels Silver Soldered or Brazed

    Barrels were soft soldered in the UK, but silver -soldered often in Europe. Soft solder is certainly up to it. Many British doubles were fired thousands and thousands of rounds a year, (20,000 and such) and remain sound. Like all soldering, "Nearly right" is no good. The job has to be done...
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    Melting lead question

    I still use an old electric heat-plate to melt my lead. I use a stainless pot on top, and a homemade copper ladle. Not much to go wrong! My only trouble is if we get a wind and 20 below or more, as it strains itself to get hot enough then! The Coleman stove will get Plenty hot for the job...
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    What has happened to the American Longrifle site?

    About a week ago it I couldn't get to the site. It said unavailable, so I did a google search and it came right up, so I saved the address to favourites (again) and all is well. Seems something changed with the address I had. Been fine ever since and I was there just this morn. Richard.
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    A Conundrum

    Treestalker, I'd agree, if you could get a high-end reproduction that handled like an original. Unfortunately this is not the case. Old guns can be just as safe as new ones, if well made and maintained. Most folk I know shoot only originals. I hav ebeen doing this for over 50 years and have...
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    A Conundrum

    The marks appear to be Birmingham proof. Most decent damascus or stub twist can be as strong as any other barrel, and too much bias is floating about these days, But! These barrels look like they may be compromised. I do not know if the damage shown is merely a dent, or an inclusion mark...
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    Flintlock vent liners in the 18th century??

    Nothing so nice as listening to woodies cooing, Ow'd pal..
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    Flintlock vent liners in the 18th century??

    That'd be the "Cocks Only" days, was it Rudyard? Thin out the old beggars before breeding season..
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    Flintlock vent liners in the 18th century??

    Depending on where they were in the world, a lot of sporting guns got much more use than today. The double I showed in the post above, has had the hammers, (frizzens) re-faced twice in its working life. The first re-facing still shows, but is nearly worn away, then a newer surface riveted on top.
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    Pet Peeves

    "All of the above" LOL! For me, I like to call the touchhole a touchhole, as that was the name at the time. Only in artillery was a "touchhole " called a vent. Vent came in with percussion. A Vent lets something Out. A Touchhole lets something In. Mind, I understand 'Vent" is a lot...
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    Flintlock vent liners in the 18th century??

    RE touchhole liners; I'd like to add that for livery weapons, (namely pistols, coaching carbines, and some blunderbusses carried for personal protection), These normally had just a pierced touchhole, not lined. Here I'm meaning 18th C. Such unlined touchholes were often coned out inside.
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