I recently went to a gun show and purchased a cva flintlock in 50 cal. Beautiful rifle.i purchased the rifle to participate in this year’s flintlock season for deer as I didn’t have adequate time to build one from scratch. I have heard of some shooters priming the pan with 3F powder or 3f substitute. Does this work or will I need to purchase 4F to prime the pan? What loads do you guys recommend for hunting versus target shooting? Any input is appreciated.
Hmmm, strange…I don’t see any pictures
You can try and see. I have used FFg in my Bess that had a pan the size of a quarter and FFFg in other flintlocks. It actually is a little less apt to go damp than the FFFFg out in the weather when hunting. But FFFFg kept in a separate priming horn does give fast ignition.
Just make sure you use real blackpowder and not a synthetic or substitute. They give poor or worse results for priming flintlocks.
As a test this flintlock was fired 30 times in a row using FFFFg with no wiping or futzing - just load, prime, shoot. No failures too fire. Notice the vent is 1/16". When set up proper you don’t need a larger one - it only robs pressure/speed and adds inconsistency.