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Old July 16, 2013, 05:24 AM   #7
Old Stony
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Quite often a delay in the firing of a flintlock can be traced to the shooters technique, but not always. Some shooters over prime and cover the touch hole. This gives it a fuse effect as the powder has to burn through the hole into the main charge. A small priming charge placed at the outer side of the pan will give a nice flash and ignite the main charge faster generally.
A well tuned lock and proper flash hole placement above the charge height help a lot too. A nicely tuned flintlock is a joy to operate.
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