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metalmechanic 05-15-2009 12:37 PM

Flint buster
I recently purchased a '66 Charleville from Military Heritage. I am pleased with the overall workmanship for the price paid but it has a nasty tendency to shatter flints. I have reduced the spring pressure on the hammer but need to modify the cock (main) spring pressure as well. I have all necessary tools and access to a small machine shop.
Any info would be helpful.

Hawg 05-15-2009 06:35 PM

Are you using good quality flints of the right size?

metalmechanic 05-17-2009 02:45 PM

I've tried grey and black, American and British, cheap ($2) and expensive ($6), with and without flat on top, top down and up. The flint strikes the top third of the hammer at about a 10 deg angle and flakes from the edge to the top of the clamp in general. I've tried both leather and lead blankets. It takes a good amount of force to come to full cock. The flints are the recommended size (aprox. 1") I've not tried French flints due to availability. Hope this helps.
Thank you

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