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Griz44Mag

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And how often do these springs break ?

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That's a question that I cannot answer.
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 My point is that a gun that is not obsolete will be easier to repair than one that is obsolete.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.
 

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Most I think would have called that the feather spring.
I have always referred to that spring as the frizzen spring - I will go back to that. Everyone knows what you are talking about.
I will leave the "feather" or "fly" to the English experts, I'll use American "frizzen" springs from now on.
 
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I think a good used TC Hawken would be a good choice. There are many nice, used samples that regularly she up for sale. I have had mine for about 40 years and it has been functionally superb with little, if any wear on the parts.
 

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Lyman’s Trade Rifle comes 1:48” twist. I have their shorter Deerstalker, also 1:48”.
 

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There is an Armsport hawken in the classified right now with a decent asking price. that would be a good option to look at.
 

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Lyman Trade Rifle would be a good choice however all shops I know of are out of stock and some are not letting you backorder them. Another option is the Lyman Deerstalker. I think it will do everything you want. Just have to have a little gunsmithing to add the sight I reckon or use a Lyman peep on it. 1-48 is a good twist and don't let anyone tell you they don't shoot round balls well. They can and often do it VERY well. I would suggest you stick to the PRB to start out with. Most likely a new rifle is going to be choosy about what bullet/mini/slug it likes best.
 

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