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#1 the flint is too long you can cut a notch in the leather where it contacts the screw that holds the top jaw of the cock. That also looks like on the sawed agate flints that really don’t spark very well and don’t last very long either. You need to get some English flints or some French amber colored flints they throw a much hotter spark and last a lot longer but you will have to learn how to knap them as you shoot to keep the edge sharp.
#2 just about any kind of grease will work if you can find some locally the grease that Walmart and sporting good stores sell to use on the in-line breech plugs works great too. I used Teflon plummers tape on nipples and I would think that work on your insert but would be harder to work with.