You want the powder packed tight but no powder in the flash hole, that's where a lot of delays come. has to burn the powder through the flash hole to reach the main charge. stick the feather in the hole and it can't plug the hole when you pack the powder charge by pushing the ball against it. Also you do not want to fill the pan all the way full. once the flint strikes the frizzen the spark will look for an opening which will be the flash hole. that's just a couple things to make a flinter fire faster.Splain please .