Weak sparking old Dixie lock

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yes, real flint. I've been using it since the late 70s.
I think it is time for a new flint. 🤣
Actually, as always, what Fred said sums it up. Figuring out how to please a new flintlock is frustrating but also one of the funnest and most challenging parts of this ml game. Also, consider your mainspring might be too weak. That was a problem with many early import ml rifles.
 

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I bought this Dixie TN Mtn rifle lock back in the 80s but didn't get around to building the rifle until last winter. The lock is a weak sparker or no sparker. I took off the frizzen spring and did get some nice sparking but with the spring no luck. A person familiar with flintlocks tested the frizzen with a file and declared it hard enough. Comparing it with an old small Siler I have the sparks like crazy the frizzen spring is fairly heavy. BTW, the hammer will throw the frizzen open every time, no problem. Photos are at rest, half cock, full cock, just before frizzen opens. Thanks for the help.

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I'm thinking the main spring tension may not be up to the task with enough authority !
 

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He's getting good spark after narrowing the frizzen spring, sounds like he's good to go!
I hadn't thought of weakening the Frizzen spring which would probably be tatamount to increasing the main spring tension and much easier. Thanks for the helpful tip to add to the data base !
 
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I bought this Dixie TN Mtn rifle lock back in the 80s but didn't get around to building the rifle until last winter. The lock is a weak sparker or no sparker. I took off the frizzen spring and did get some nice sparking but with the spring no luck. A person familiar with flintlocks tested the frizzen with a file and declared it hard enough. Comparing it with an old small Siler I have the sparks like crazy the frizzen spring is fairly heavy. BTW, the hammer will throw the frizzen open every time, no problem. Photos are at rest, half cock, full cock, just before frizzen opens. Thanks for the help.

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BTW, a recent issue of Muzzle Blasts had a tech article showing angle views, etc., relative to sparking and flints. It really is a science! Good luck.
 
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