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Old 03-13-2009, 03:01 PM
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4F (FFFFG) is no where to be found, locally, and it is very expensive to order online...seems everybody has gone to selling BP substitutes and the finest of that is 3F...I have a hunch thats not the best priming charge for a flintlock...
Any suggestions, I have thought about grinding down a batch of 2F to fine dust...
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if you had a screen small enough you could sift anough 4f out of the 2f to charge the rest.
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I heard of a guy that use to grind 2f between two plastic spoons to get 4f.
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Any ideas of how fine a ascreen I'd need?
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I have found that 3f will do both jobs, although not the ideal powder, it will prime and charge, if you can't get 4f...
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I ground down a very small ammount of 2F, to see how it would come out.
To get even consistency I had to grind it down to dust...
It ignited very easily, I'm thinking it might do the trick until I can get a can of 4F
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Any ideas of how fine a ascreen I'd need?
like that nylon screen you get at the hardware real fine stuff.
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Thanks all,
I've shot caplocks over the years and pretty well have them down yet I have to confess the whole flintlock thing is new to me and presents a new set of issues as well.
For now the issue is priming powder tho I'm sure as I progress thru the process of stepping backwards in history to learn the techniques that were once common, I will be challenged to adapt and adopt new ways...
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I agree with Sam43. I bought a mortar and pestle and did some grinding without problems. however the best price around is usually at www.mainepowderhouse.com. at least it was when I bought 25 pounds. You can but any grade and mix and match. I bought 2 pounds of 4f and the rest 3f and 2f.
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You can always buy Swiss/Schuetzen/Elephant Brand they go down to a 7F… I have a friend on the International Muzzleloading Shooting Team and that’s all they use…

Just look under priming powders but their site is down?

Goex has added KIK to their powder line to compete against the superfine Swiss stuff and they really are the best powder out there…

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Maine Powder House

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What part of the world are you in ? There are muzzleloading clubs all over the US. Contacting one of them might get you a supply of powder. Let me know. I am a member of the NMLRA and can find a club in your area if one exists. Or you can go to
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I have recently joined a club that conducts monthly BP shoots...
So I think I may have it covered, since they have a proper BP magazine and do club buys....
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