Re: How does flintlock work
flint should be about a 1/16" from the frizzen with a nice clean edge. Test it out once or twice for spark, then load up and shoot! There are hand cut flints and then there's the machined onces that are perfect parallelagrams, both work good. Some only last 15-20 shots on each side, some much longer.
and use FFFF in the pan; smaller amount can actually net faster ignition, don't need a lot.
I use a nose spray bottle with the tip cut open a bit to hold the 4f pan powder for the range where I'm shooting a lot.
"Loud noises don't end gunfights.... well placed shots do."