- Nov 12, 2017
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- Republic of Texas, District of Krum
That's a question that I cannot answer.And how often do these springs break ?
I am sure that would depend on many factors.
Things like age, usage, abuses, environment, quality of the original alloy, how it was made and hardened.
I have been shooting flints for a couple of years now, and have had 2 frizzen spring failures. One of them was my fault, the other was ????? Maybe old age??? Maybe too many times it had been flipped? I have had 1 mainspring break, but it was replaced quickly because it was from a manufacturer that was still in business. The point is - if you are shooting factory guns or even custom guns, sooner or later stuff is going to break or fail. I have a really nice old Remington that was discontinued in 1935. I would love to shoot it, but there are no parts - so I can pay a HUGE price to have the missing parts made by a machine shop, or use it for a display piece.
The same applies to muzzleloaders - sure - parts can be made, sure - newer parts can be fitted for locks and triggers. That comes at a much higher cost though. A broken tumbler on a TC - no factory parts available. I have heard of folks using a Lyman tumbler - with modifications - to replace it. My point is that a gun that is not obsolete will be easier to repair than one that is obsolete.
I did not say it could not be done.