In this case a re-conversion is a gun that was originally flint and changed or converted to percussion use. The flint cock, frizzen, pan, etc all were removed and the corresponding screw holes were plugged or filled in. The flint vent was either plugged and a nipple installed on top of the barrel ("Belgic conversion) or a percussion bolster brazed over the old vent. A few even used a "drum and nipple" conversion by enlarging the old flint vent and threading it to take a drum. (That's more of a civilian conversion but it was still used) A lot of this was done in 1850's and early 60's. Take a peek at Craig Berry's book for more detail. Re-conversions were done in recent times, being that the gun was altered or converted back to flintlock. This is a controversial act to some. (A few consider it sacrilege) Sometimes modern made cast parts are installed or even original parts are used. Since a good many flintlocks were altered, finding one that is still in original flint configuration is a bit rare. In some cases, reconversions are the only way a collector can obtain a certain gun in flint. I've discussed this in other threads.Hi peter,
Good advice on the powder. I already have ir soaking in PB blaster, will that do the job?
What do you mean by a re-conversion?
Are you saying to check the threads on the screw that tightens the jaw on the flint?
I was hoping to get the ball (obstruction) out with out damaging it. Looks like that's not an option.