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I recently decided to get into flint lock shooting after having had so much fun with my cap and ball revolver, and as I looked for a suitable entry-level pistol and components, I noticed a disturbing trend. Many flint lock pistols are either on back order or are simply shown as out of stock. Of course, my searches for flint locks lead me to look at C&B revolvers, too, just for the fun of it, and the availability of those is heavily reduced. Anyhow, I lucked into a Traditions Trapper flint lock model, which has had mixed reviews but can be made into a very reliable piece with some fluff n' buff on the internals as per an article I read. Those sold out quickly from Midway USA.

I don't even have to mention percussion caps. I have an order in for the cap maker and primer compound from Sharpshooters just because of the situation. It's a good thing I ordered a 1000-cap package in 2019, or my revolver shooting would have come to a screeching halt very quickly.

Black powder is another issue. The stuff just isn't available. Only substitutes are. I have had great success with Pyrodex P in my revolver, but the stuff apparently isn't all that great in a flint lock.

As for flints, Track of the Wolf has limits on how many you can order.

I sure was feeling smug about having a black powder alternative to meet my shooting needs in the midst of this ammo crisis, but I have been somewhat humbled. Granted, options are still available as I mentioned above. Things aren't as bad for the black powder shooter as they are for those who only shoot modern firearms, but the trend isn't pretty.

If anyone has a bead on real black powder, I'd certainly appreciate it. With the supply of caps I have and the order in for equipment and components to make more, as well as Pyrodex P being available, things are alright on the revolver front. It's just the real black powder shortage which has caught me flat footed on the flint lock front.
 

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I have percussion rifle, a White and a Ruger Old Army. I know very little about flintlock. Are the substitute powders too hard to ignite with the flint? Luckily I have been able to find caps though at a small sporting goods store.

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I have percussion rifle, a White and a Ruger Old Army. I know very little about flintlock. Are the substitute powders too hard to ignite with the flint? Luckily I have been able to find caps though at a small sporting goods store.

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I am still waiting for my flints to arrive, so I have insufficient direct knowledge to answer definitively. However, the consensus I have gathered from multiple sources is that the substitutes have a higher ignition point, causing them to be less likely to ignite from the shower of sparks a flint lock releases.

With that being said, I have been studying how to best tune everything to optimize the ignition, and I am hoping that much of the negative feedback about the substitutes is based on both a lack of commenters' own lack of personal experience using the substitutes and improper tuning of the locks and flint angles.

Once I get some practical results, I'll definitely write something about it.
 

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Remember - FFFFg for the priming pan.
Yeah, another non-existent component. I've read where some have successfully used FFFg, but that is probably with real black powder. I'm going to crush and powder some FFFg Pyrodex to make FFFFg out of it for the pan.
 

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I shoot modern equipment, 209 primers and preformed BP pellets.

But, I have noticed the same as you. Primers and powders/pellets are hard to find. I have plenty but bought some more a year ago when the rona started. Glad I did.

Heck, glad I bought 30-06 rounds too. This ammo situation can make a man take up knitting.
 

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I was lucky to pick up a Black Powder supply of FFFg & FFFFg as I traveled past Dixie Gun Works in Union City, Tn. on my way to Memphis to visit family. I stopped each time I did for a while and bought a pound or two. They only sold over the counter powder and would not ship. Have not bought any lately though. A local gun shop owner told me he did not carry Black Powder because the regulations & permit to store it had become too expensive and ordering required a large quantity with high shipping cost. That may be why the real stuff is so hard to find.
 

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I was lucky to pick up a Black Powder supply of FFFg & FFFFg as I traveled past Dixie Gun Works in Union City, Tn. on my way to Memphis to visit family. I stopped each time I did for a while and bought a pound or two. They only sold over the counter powder and would not ship. Have not bought any lately though. A local gun shop owner told me he did not carry Black Powder because the regulations & permit to store it had become too expensive and ordering required a large quantity with high shipping cost. That may be why the real stuff is so hard to find.
That's what I'm hearing about black powder. The huge question is why was that not an issue before?
 

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I shoot modern equipment, 209 primers and preformed BP pellets.

But, I have noticed the same as you. Primers and powders/pellets are hard to find. I have plenty but bought some more a year ago when the rona started. Glad I did.

Heck, glad I bought 30-06 rounds too. This ammo situation can make a man take up knitting.
I'm glad I bought a lot of other stuff, too. I just wish I'd gotten into black powder before 2019. I probably would have advanced to flint locks early enough that I'd have some real black powder for it before the stuff became so scarce.
 

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I found some real fffg black powder for the flintlock at a sporting goods store, which is an authorized Goex dealer. I finally gave up on finding it online and just did a dealer search from the Goex site.
 

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I was lucky to pick up a Black Powder supply of FFFg & FFFFg as I traveled past Dixie Gun Works in Union City, Tn. on my way to Memphis to visit family. I stopped each time I did for a while and bought a pound or two. They only sold over the counter powder and would not ship. Have not bought any lately though. A local gun shop owner told me he did not carry Black Powder because the regulations & permit to store it had become too expensive and ordering required a large quantity with high shipping cost. That may be why the real stuff is so hard to find.
Same here at my local gun store, I managed to get his last container of FFFFG 2 years ago and he was saying the same thing. He just carries the substitute powders now. I went to another shop this morning to just check and all they had was a few lbs. of Pyrodex RS no Pyro P.
 

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4f isn't really necessary for the priming charge with a flintlock. I have used nothing but 3f for the main charge and the priming charge in mine and it works just fine and it saves packing more than one type of powder.
 
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