I have an original muzzleloader in need of a new spring. I have ordered spring material from Dixie Gun Works. I have the spring rough cut and shaped, however I'm looking for advice on how to make the hook. Should I just heat and bend it? I'm thinking it may be better to grind a U-shaped notch in a bold head, to use as a die. Lay down a drill bid of similar size to the hook, heat the spring and press into shape using an Arbor press. Maybe there is a better way...any thoughts?
I've bent a few springs, but never made one from scratch.