Jim,I want to get into shooting flintlock rifles, my question is; Do I need to spend big money to get started ?
Any recommendations of what I should buy? This is what I was looking at.Jim,
Pete G is right on! Get a good rifle and you will love flintlock shooting. Purchase a run of the mill and you be spending more time trying to make it work. It don't have to be top of the line, just one that has good components. If you are not sure you are going to like shooting a flintlock, then go to a shoot and ask someone that has a decent one to let you shoot it.
I personally do not like factory guns. I like Siler, L& R, and Chambers locks. Numrich, Colerain, Rice, Large, Green Mountain are just some of the good barrels out there. Purchase a used one that has the style you like with good components. It takes some research, but you will not be sorry if you do some homework. You will not like the rifle you pictured as the Roman nose will beat your cheek. JMO.Any recommendations of what I should buy? This is what I was looking at.
Any recommendations of what I should buy?
I have been shooting percussion revolvers and tinkering with them for over 30 years (off and on) I understand frustration and tinkering with something to make it right.everything has been said but for the thought of if you are a tinkerer. in the event you are, buy a inexpensive factory flinter such as TC, CVA, Traditions etc.
the learning curve to make one of them reliable will teach you many valuable things about flintlock construction and design.
You may get disappointed if you first get an inferior rifle that doesn't work for you. RESEARCH, ask questions, pay more now rather than later. Lots of good advice from the people on this great site.I want to get into shooting flintlock rifles, my question is; Do I need to spend big money to get started ?
Amazing!I own two flintlock guns. One is a Pedersoli Brown Bess. The other is a Pedersoli Pennsylvania. I've only been shooting flinters about 2 years. I probably have 500-800 rounds through my Pennsylvania.
The rifle shoots fine. Below is one of my load workup targets at 65 grains 2F goex. I used cut-at-the muzzle patches. 10 oz cotton duck with a 1:3 Ballistol/water lube mix. .490 cast Lee round ball, sprue up. 50 yards from a bench rest.
Now off hand is another story. I find the ignition of my flintlock to be not-so-fast. I can definitely hear the lock function and strike and ignite prior to the main charge going off. I shoot with some guys with custom guns and their ignition seems a lot quicker.
I have improved my ignition by doing a couple of things taught to me. First, don't fill the pan all the way up. This seems to have helped a lot. I only fill it about half way. I'm priming with 3F as I don't have any 4F. Perhaps 4F would be faster yet. Also fresh flints make better sparks.
I suspect that off a bench, even the $500 Traditions guns are going to shoot just fine once you find the right load.
I suspect that what the custom lock gives you is faster, more reliable ignition.
Note that for some Pedersoli guns you can get custom locks for them. Nobody seems to make one for the Pedersoli Pennsylvania though.
One thing to consider is the Pedersoli guns are now pushing $1000. You're not far from a Kibler kit for that kind of money. I picked up my Pedersoli Pennsylvania for almost free using Cabela's Bucks.
This target has 5 shots on it, all in the 10 ring (2" ring):
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