- Jul 25, 2021
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- East Northport NY or Marlow NH
I’m new to the forum and flintlocks. Like many once you get the taste you are hooked. I watch a lot of YouTube videos on subject and recently watched one of Mike Bellevue’s where he talked about barrel Coning. He presented a tool and instructions of a tool made by Joe Woods. Setting a ball using a short starter to me was just annoying. I contacted Joe Woods who after a few minute chat i new I was talking with a fine gentleman. I received my order in a few days. I purchased several sizes but was mainly interested in the Coning tool for my 45; the rifle I use most. I used the tool on one of my 45 flintlock this morning. Works perfectly! Like the instructions say once you get going it’s a breeze. It doesn’t take much sand paper. I think I used 6 or 7 template size pieces of 220 so one sheet is plenty then 3 each of 340 and 400 a quarter sheet each. This is Going to make life so much easier no more banging balls in with a starter! American ingenuity at its best! Way to go Joe! Looking forward to my next range day where I can get more lead down range with one less thing to slow me down. I consider my self a novice in the flintlock world but I’ve been a tinker my entire life. I know good tools when I see them. This is something anyone can do IMO and the price of the tool is a lot cheaper then any smith would probably charge. The end results are a perfectly conned barrel and a rifle that now loads easily!