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BigD63

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Shadowwalker...I'll post something. I'll be making smoke at a buddy's ranch and I will be shooting offhand at steel plates and plastic pop bottles, so no pictures of tight groups. I will be attempting to conquer the flash pan flinch rather than trying for precision. Stay tuned.
 
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I read a lot about flinching with a flintlock, I found it to be no more distracting than a cap. I use musket caps.

It’s the follow thru, the idea of remaining still thru the shot. As I practiced that art (think Zen) my groups tightened up!
 
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If you hate cleaning flintlock m/l rifle barrels , get a garden hose fixture for your laundry sink. put a piece of clear tubing on a piece of auto store brake line. One small hose clamp on either end of the tubing clamped to the garden hose fitting and the auto brake line..............How to clean your gun.........Remove the lock , and w/a tooth brush , hold the dirty parts of the lock under the water tap and brush clean. Dry and lube the lock parts. Next , insert the brake line into the m/l barrel completely to the to the breech plug face ,and turn the hot tap water on. Hold a finger over the touch hole until the outside of the barrel is warm. Obviously , while the water is on , hold the muzzle over the sink to let the dirty water run down the drain. After the barrel warms up ,turn off the water , remove the brake line ,and hose , dump the excess water from the muzzle. Run a couple patches down the bore to dry it out, and once dry ,coat the bore w/what you like. Dry and lube the lock, and install it on the gun. As w/any freshly cleaned gun , sit the muzzle down on a rag to absorb any oil or residue so the next time you run a patch down before loading , all will be dry. Sounds complicated, but assembling the three hose clamps on the brake line , and water bib connection , should be easy for any half baked m/l mechanic. The soot and excess lube , goes down the drain , and once the contraption is made , cleaning a barrel is quick , and easy , and pinned barrels never have to be taken out of the wood. Been using my hose rig for near half a century , with great success............oldwood
 
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Trapper, look down towards the bottom of the 1st page. The OP put a good photo up but he's a lefty. I wondered just how it was done too.
Thank you. I must have missed that one, but it doesn't look too tough to duplicate. The one in the picture looks like a commercial type. Maybe black electrical tape. Whats your thoughts on making one?
 

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Thank you. I must have missed that one, but it doesn't look too tough to duplicate. The one in the picture looks like a commercial type. Maybe black electrical tape. Whats your thoughts on making one?
From what I’ve read in other threads folks are using black electrical tape. I guess it’s trial and error to punch the right size hole and getting it positioned just right. Worth a try.
 
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Trapper, look down towards the bottom of the 1st page. The OP put a good photo up but he's a lefty. I wondered just how it was done too.
The trick is a small clean round hole. I paid too much for a commercial product, but it came with two hole sizes. I read a hot paper clip makes an acceptable sized hole in electrical tape
 
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More opinions on cleaning muzzleloaders than there are about sports or politics. In over sixty years of cleaning these things, I’ve settled on flushing the barrel with hot water, swab dry, blow it clean of any water, then a good swabbing with Ballistol. My bores are fresh and bright. Wouldn’t argue with any methods posted here. It’s all good advice from experienced people. Good shooting. You’re off to a good start.
 
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I have been using the EyePal device the poster has on his glasses for years.
Here is a link to get the EyePal to stick on shooting glasses to improve your sight picture. I have been using these for years, by different makers but all work the same when I was shooting
Bullseye pistol matches and now I use them for open sight pistols and my flintlocks for hunting and targets. I have used one set for over 4 years. Keep clean and will last forever.
You can get pistol only or a set, one for pistol and one for rifle. They are cheap help for shooting. I have about 4 packs of them. One in my truck console, one in my BP shooting box, one in my modern pistol box and one on the work bench for dry fire practice.
EyePal-peep for shooting

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I have been using the EyePal device the poster has on his glasses for years.
Here is a link to get the EyePal to stick on shooting glasses to improve your sight picture. I have been using these for years, by different makers but all work the same when I was shooting
Bullseye pistol matches and now I use them for open sight pistols and my flintlocks for hunting and targets. I have used one set for over 4 years. Keep clean and will last forever.
You can get pistol only or a set, one for pistol and one for rifle. They are cheap help for shooting. I have about 4 packs of them. One in my truck console, one in my BP shooting box, one in my modern pistol box and one on the work bench for dry fire practice.
EyePal-peep for shooting

Mike

What's the trick to getting it positioned? I've thought about those but they might not be compatible with my tri focals.
 
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Guys, need some advise. I shot my .58 Zouave repop, cleaned her up as best I could. Removed barrel to work on it. Also removed the nipple and cleaned it up. Does the breach also need removed? It has index marks on it, but it was tighter than anything I can do to loosen it. I bought it used, so I don't know what care it had before I got it. Thanks for your advise.
 
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