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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2018, 03:09:31 AM »
I'm hoping to get an elk with one. Hopefully, it will be before I get too old to elk hunt.

I did with a caplock, but a flint will be more special.

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2018, 05:22:32 PM »
I've yet to have a problem with cocking on game, but may fab up a stall (have a box of worn out gloves somewhere)-thanks for those hints.

My longrifle is SO DANG handy in the woods for balance and steep terrain navigation.  I get a chuckle out of the short and chunky guns now.  Feels weird to tote one anymore.  I sometimes carry binoculars and do wear modern gear (yet) but still-hunting is my thing, from sittin' spot to sittin' spot I glide.

No trail cams either, gracious no.  It's better not to know sometimes and during rut--all that stuff you saw on trail cam is half a county away runnin' for the gals.  AND THEN my buddy sends me this pic he snapped the other day down where we do hunting camp: 



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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2018, 08:34:35 PM »
That's a spectacular buck, by the way.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2018, 09:24:24 PM »
 Here's an old proverb that my Dad said was Indian about still hunting.
  "  White man walk much see little. "
     " Indian walk little see much... "  Or something like this. My Dad an uncle's always still hunted. They always pounded it in my head. That if you jump a deer your moving to fast. They shot most of the deer in there  bed.
They both hunted with 22s an 410 bores. It takes lots of patience like gun building.   Also I'm still learnin.......  Oldtravler

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2018, 10:50:18 PM »
Here's an old proverb that my Dad said was Indian about still hunting.
  "  White man walk much see little. "
     " Indian walk little see much... "  Or something like this. My Dad an uncle's always still hunted. They always pounded it in my head. That if you jump a deer your moving to fast. They shot most of the deer in there  bed.
They both hunted with 22s an 410 bores. It takes lots of patience like gun building.   Also I'm still learnin.......  Oldtravler


My dad taught me to still hunt too. I got smacked in the head a lot until I learned to do it right.

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2018, 01:20:35 PM »
I still hunt primed and on half clock. I am the sentinel of my own safety and those around me.  I open the frizzen , dump the prime and feather the touch hole on those occasions I climb into a stand or need to overcome some other obstacle where controlling the muzzle may be difficult.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2018, 04:25:10 PM »
Having been more into bird hunting with flint guns I never used a leather cover on the frizzen, no time to get the gun to full cock AND take the frizzen cover off before the bird is out of range. I hunt with flint fowling guns the same as modern doubles, with the front end pointed in a safe direction. A cover might work if you're working over a god dog, but you're still going to have birds flush when you least expect it.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2018, 04:34:52 PM »
Indeed Mike,
There is a reason the old gunners never used a leather stall.  (in UK at any rate)

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2018, 10:22:47 PM »
Sounds like you are on the right track EXCEPT take that brass plunger priming tool off from your neck and put it in your pocket or pouch. They are literally a bomb way too close to the flash!
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2018, 01:20:17 AM »
The first deer I had a shot at with my flintlock was spooked when I cocked the rifle, yes I missed him! From then on when standing or sitting in one place I have the lock on full cock and a leather stall on the frizzen.

When I move, lock goes on half cock and still have the stall on the frizzen.
Dennis

Just pull the trigger as you cock it then release when the cock passes full cock.
This has been used for a VERY long time. Probably from the time the first hunter had an animal spooked by a lock click.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2018, 01:48:40 AM »
It works with any hammer gun that i've tried it on. Even modern guns.

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2018, 02:39:47 AM »
The first deer I had a shot at with my flintlock was spooked when I cocked the rifle, yes I missed him! From then on when standing or sitting in one place I have the lock on full cock and a leather stall on the frizzen.

When I move, lock goes on half cock and still have the stall on the frizzen.
Dennis

Just pull the trigger as you cock it then release when the cock passes full cock.
This has been used for a VERY long time. Probably from the time the first hunter had an animal spooked by a lock click.
Dan

That works fine if you don't have gloves on like I did that morning. It was cold!! that morning and I had not gotten situated good, rifle leaning against pine tree while I was trying to find a comfortable place to sit on a steep bank. I was afraid to chance doing the silent cock thing with my gloves still on!
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2018, 03:19:33 AM »
The first deer I had a shot at with my flintlock was spooked when I cocked the rifle, yes I missed him! From then on when standing or sitting in one place I have the lock on full cock and a leather stall on the frizzen.

When I move, lock goes on half cock and still have the stall on the frizzen.
Dennis

Just pull the trigger as you cock it then release when the cock passes full cock.
This has been used for a VERY long time. Probably from the time the first hunter had an animal spooked by a lock click.
Dan

That works fine if you don't have gloves on like I did that morning. It was cold!! that morning and I had not gotten situated good, rifle leaning against pine tree while I was trying to find a comfortable place to sit on a steep bank. I was afraid to chance doing the silent cock thing with my gloves still on!
Dennis


Dennis..........I have some wool gloves that are like mittens and fingerless gloves in one. The top part of the mitten folds back and i'm left with a fingerless glove that's perfect for shooting. It takes a nanosecond to fold the top back. You should look around for some.

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2018, 11:55:46 PM »

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Dennis..........I have some wool gloves that are like mittens and fingerless gloves in one. The top part of the mitten folds back and i'm left with a fingerless glove that's perfect for shooting. It takes a nanosecond to fold the top back. You should look around for some.
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I have a pair of those "mittens"; they're warmer than gloves and easy to get to one's trigger finger.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2018, 04:44:27 AM »
I have seen photos of those type gloves but never have seen them for sale. Anyone know who sells them?
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2018, 05:56:03 AM »
They are called "Glo Mitts", I got mine at a local sporting goods store but places like Cabela's used to sell them also. Anything from 100% wool to thinsulate.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2018, 06:20:50 AM »
Those gloves are  very common up here but I don't like them much as I fill them with snow.  (and it's worse in winter.)   :-)
I just take my gloves off for shooting, or one of them at any rate.
  Speaking of cold  reminds me of my late uncle;    "When I was young we had candles........
And, when it was Really cold, ..we used to Light them!"

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2018, 12:58:47 PM »
The first deer I had a shot at with my flintlock was spooked when I cocked the rifle, yes I missed him! From then on when standing or sitting in one place I have the lock on full cock and a leather stall on the frizzen.

When I move, lock goes on half cock and still have the stall on the frizzen.
Dennis

  the only sane way to hunt both still and on the move.


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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2018, 04:51:31 PM »
I'm not sane then, RFD.    But who's arguing?   ;)
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2018, 01:33:26 AM »
When I'm hunting out west, It is mostly spot and stalk. My favorite area is a walk in only area. It is about 6 miles from my house.
About 55 square miles. Seldom do I see any one. If I do is through my binoculars. I guess like MR. Bundook I must be insane. Half cock no stall. If I spot  animals that I think can be stalked.  I keep the gun on half cock. Once I start hearing the cows meeouing full cock baby.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2018, 02:41:40 AM »
I have seen photos of those type gloves but never have seen them for sale. Anyone know who sells them?
Dennis
https://www.rei.com/product/305045/fox-river-wool-glomitts

REI also offers them in other materials just look thru their selection of gloves.

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #46 on: September 20, 2018, 03:22:21 AM »
I have seen photos of those type gloves but never have seen them for sale. Anyone know who sells them?
Dennis
https://www.rei.com/product/305045/fox-river-wool-glomitts

REI also offers them in other materials just look thru their selection of gloves.

Fred

Fred,
Thanks, looks like the style I need. Now I am going to ask a naive question (since I have never own wool gloves) are the wool gloves as warm a Thinsulate gloves? How about resistance to moisture? I have a couple pairs of ski gloves with Thinsulate gloves with something similiar to Gortex on the outside. Very warm and sheds water pretty good.

Here in VA it gets cold, windy and wet/damp and I was always concerned about using wool gloves.
Dennis
 
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #47 on: September 20, 2018, 03:28:53 AM »
If thinsulate gets wet it will lose it's insulating properties. All  my thinsulate garments have a Gore Tex liner inside to help keep water out. Wool will give a measure of insulation (not sure how much) even after it gets wet.
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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #48 on: September 20, 2018, 09:11:32 PM »
I have seen photos of those type gloves but never have seen them for sale. Anyone know who sells them?
Dennis
https://www.rei.com/product/305045/fox-river-wool-glomitts

REI also offers them in other materials just look thru their selection of gloves.

Fred

Fred,
Thanks, looks like the style I need. Now I am going to ask a naive question (since I have never own wool gloves) are the wool gloves as warm a Thinsulate gloves? How about resistance to moisture? I have a couple pairs of ski gloves with Thinsulate gloves with something similiar to Gortex on the outside. Very warm and sheds water pretty good.

Here in VA it gets cold, windy and wet/damp and I was always concerned about using wool gloves.
Dennis

Thinsulate gloves with Gortex will be much warmer Dennis. I wear neoprene gloves when it is raining. Weather is much milder in North Alabama so I get by with "finger free" wool gloves most of the time. I have leather Thinsulate gloves for the really cold mornings and riding the 4 wheeler in cold weather.

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Re: Hunting with a flinter
« Reply #49 on: September 21, 2018, 01:08:46 AM »
Thanks Fred I thought probably that was the case. Virginia has a different kind of cold. I had an aunt spend the last part of Feb and most of March with us one time. She was a Buffalo NY native. She said it was the coldest place she has lived in! She would look at the outdoor thermometer, shake her head and say that thing has to be wrong! Even in the winter we have a lot of dampness. It gets cold but usually low of the mid 20's then up to the mid-30's. I assume never cold enough to dry the air out.
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