French TVLLE fusil-de-chasse kit,
easy to assemble, 44" barrel,
traditional iron trim, or fancy brass trim,
walnut or maple stock
Build a correct replica French TVLLE fusil-de-chasse
, with fancy 44" barrel, smooth or rifled. Choose optional upgrades, including walnut, plain, or fancy curly maple; iron or brass furniture.
The original antique French TVLLE fusil-de-chasse
in Track's collection is 20 gauge, with traditional iron furniture, stocked in a fruit-wood that was finished to resemble walnut.
Originally made in France, at the Tulle arsenal, or at Saint Etienne, the French trade gun known as the fusil-de-chasse was a light weight gun-for-the-hunt. The stock architecture and iron trim resemble those of the heavier French military muskets, but are lighter, and more slender.
Track's Tulle fusil-de-chasse
kit is an enjoyable project, that typically requires about 40 hours for the first time gun builder to assemble and finish. To simplify your work, our gunsmith can quickly and professionally install your breech plug, sights, and under-lugs, within 3 to 5 days shop time, at small extra cost.
We recommend the book The Fusil de Tulle in New France 1691-1741
by Russel Bouchard. This is a small book with great detail on all the variations of Fusil de Tulle, from the early guns, Grenadier, Buccaneer, Hunting, Fine, Pistol and Ordinaire. Details on all measurements and markings, and photos of differences in hardware. A wonderful small reference. Soft bound.
This well finished fine fusil is stocked in cherry, with brass furniture. This 20 gauge smoothbore was assembled by Michael Hayes
of Park Rapids, MN.
Our bottom view shows the classic rounded baluster wrist, which begins at the trigger, and runs to the toe of the buttplate. This typical French architecture seems strange today, but is quite comfortable to aim and shoot. It feels about the same as a modern gun, despite the distinctive shape.
Notice the extended finials, with rounded ends, typical on these French triggerguards. The fusil shown has the standard triggerguard filed to a decorative shape, and the engraved with a bow and arrows. Originals were hand made, in small contracts, over many years, and the decoration varies.
This rear view shows the convex sideplate with extended tail, our #TG-TULLE-1-B. We include the more common flat sideplate with our set of suggested parts.
Track's best Tulle fusil-de-chasse kit
features a precision pre-inlet stock, cut for our 44" tapered octagon-to-round Colerain barrel, 3/8" ramrod, buttplate, Tulle fusil flint lock, correct single trigger with high leverage trigger plate.Barrels,
by Colerain in "C" profile 20 gauge smooth bored 44" barrel is tapered octagon-to-round. The tapered octagon breech is 15" long, with a wedding band transition to tapered round, which flares slightly at the muzzle. Price includes the plug, installed and match-marked. The bore diameter is .620", and the breech is 1-1/16"" octagon, plenty strong, for full loads with patched round ball when hunting deer, or lead bird shot, when hunting upland game. We also offer 16 gauge, .660" diameter, and 24 gauge, .580" diameter, smoothbore barrels. Price includes the plug, installed and match-marked.Turkey Choke Fowler barrel, for shot only!
The same outside dimensions as our "C" profile 20 gauge fowler barrel, but with an extreme choke designed by Mr. Keith Casteel, for shot only. The .620" bore chokes to .580" at the muzzle. Price includes the plug, installed and match-marked.
Colerain rifle barrels are the favorite choice of today's best muzzle loading gun makers, because knowledgeable shooters demand Colerain's accuracy, inside and outside.
Colerain rifle barrels are drilled from solid steel, cut rifled .012" to .016" deep depending on caliber, with six "round bottom" grooves. Called "radius groove rifling", Colerain eliminates the sharp inside corner that accumulates fouling. Radius groove rifling cutters are a bit more expensive to make, but Colerain's customers agree that the accuracy, easy loading, and easy cleaning are worth the cost. Price includes the plug, installed and match-marked.
Colerain barrels are cut rifled with fancy radius groove rifling, in these correct twist rates for round balls:
- 1 turn in 56 inch twist, in calibers .50 and .54
- 1 turn in 66 inch twist, in caliber .58
Stocks, for the Tulle fusil-de-chasse are pre-inlet on Allen's patent 5 axis pantograph, this stock is shaped forward of the lock panels, squared to the muzzle. The forend is easily shaped after drilling for pins. Stock is pre-inlet for Track's Fusil lock, 44" barrel, buttplate, trigger, and trigger plate, this stock is drilled full depth for a 3/8" rod. Pull length is about 14", drop is 4" measured from the line of sights. Buttplate end is about 2" wide, and 5" tall. Offered in plain maple, fancy maple, and plain walnut.
Our French Tulle furniture; buttplate, sideplate, triggerguard, and 3/8" ramrod pipes, are offered in wax cast brass or more traditional iron (steel). The sideplate is the more common flat, rather than the convex shape. The correct style single trigger, and high leverage trigger plate are designed to fit our pre-inlet stock. Correct unplated screws and pins are included, as well as a full scale blue-print. Barrel underlugs are machined from solid steel, and will need to be soldered to the barrel. Our gunsmith can install these (LABOR-US), at small extra cost. Front sight options include a brass, nickel silver, iron, sterling silver fusil sight, or tall fusil front sight for use with a rear sight on rifled barrels.
This flint lock is patterned from a antique Tulle fusil-de-chasse circa 1727. This lock uses the so-called “forged" plate design, with attached pan, but no pan bridle arm in early fashion. The frizzen pivots on an oversize shouldered screw. In French fashion the wax cast lock plate is shaped with a chamfered edge around the plate that terminates behind the flint cock. The lock plate is also marked with A. TVLLE in antique fashion. The marking has a slight curve, as found on antique muskets. Order a dozen of our best 7/8" English gun flints, #FLINT-ENG-7
, for this lock.
Our parts are sold with a flash hole liner, often called a vent, vent liner, or touch-hole liner in 1/4-28 thread. We also offer the Jim Chambers White Lightnin'
vent as a option. The special 1/4-32 fine threads allow an extra large concave cavity inside, for use on 13/16" to 1" octagon barrels. Made in the USA, stainless steel, with removable lug for easy installation. Order our #TAP-1/4-32 tap and tap drill, to install 1/4-32 vents.
Concave inside, the White Lightnin'
vent liner brings the main powder charge very close to the incandescent heat of the priming flash. Position the vent on the center of the pan, slightly above the pan to frizzen joint, sometimes called the "sunset" position. Covered by the frizzen when closed, the hole is a window centered on the heat of your priming flash, for instant ignition, without the whoosh-bang delay, seen in many flint guns.
Typically only the better quality London made guns were factory fitted with vent liners, but nearly all flint guns were later fitted with vent liners, after the vent hole in the barrel became worn from flash erosion, corrosion, or the aggressive use of a vent pick.
The optional thumbpiece inlay we offer. Wax cast thumbpiece inlays are available in sterling silver. A thumbpiece can make any fusil Ordinaire into a Fusil Fine.
Gunsmithing Labor Options
are a popular low cost method of speeding assembly. Colerain fowler profile barrels include the plug, installed and match-marked. Our gunsmith can solder the front sight (#LABOR-US
), and underlugs (3 #LABOR-US
) at small extra cost, with prompt delivery. #LABOR-US:
Our gunsmith will install your soldered lug or sight: promptly, perfectly centered, ready for use, at low cost. Specify locations, or allow us to choose the best positions. We require that the barrel fitted breech plug before performing this operation.#LABOR-DS:
Only used if you require a rear sight to be dovetailed and fitted to the barrel. When you buy the sight from us, we will remove any burrs, gates, or parting lines, and hand fit the sight to the dovetail slot, ready for you to finish and use. Many of our rear sights are cast with an oversize base, to allow these to fill oversize slots. It is wise to allow us to trim these to a standard size, before installation in a new barrel. We must install the breech plug before installing sights, rib, or pipes.
Rear sight slots are centered 8.5" from the breech end of the barrel (not including plug), unless your clearly specify another location. Do not embed special instructions within lengthy text of a letter. Place special instructions immediately after your written order for that item, or in the comment field of our on-line order form.
: We strongly recommend Recreating the American Longrifle
, by William Buchele. The late William Buchele was recognized as a true master longrifle maker. But his greatest contribution to muzzle loading must be this book. He shares the step-by-step details of his craft. His work has been enhanced by the editors. This book does not assume that the reader is an expert stock maker, but begins with illustrated explanations of the basic concepts. Buchele shows several alternate approaches to most tasks. This newly revised fifth edition includes full scale plans for a carved flint longrifle, and fullstock flint pistol. Over 250 photos and drawings, within 176 pages, 8-1/2 x 11" format, soft cover.BOOK-FINF
: The Fusil de Tulle in New France, 1691-1741
, by Russel Bouchard. This is a smallbook with great detail on all the variations of Fusil de Tulle, from the early guns, Grenadier, Buccaneer, Hunting, Fine, Pistol and Ordinaire. Details on all measurements, and photos of differences in hardware. A wonderful small reference. Soft bound volume of 47 pages, 6-3/4 x 10" format.#DVD-BML
: Building Muzzle-Loaders
VHS video with rifle maker James Turpin. Rifle maker James Turpin takes you start to finish on building a quality Muzzle-Loading flint rifle. Designed for the beginning to intermediate builder. DVD format, 142 Minutes.#DVD-BE
: The Gunsmith's Apprentice Series Presents Beginning Engraving
, taught by gunmaker Jack Brooks. With this video you can learn to engrave in the manner and style of the original masters. In this presentation the nationally known traditional longrifle builder Jack Brooks teaches the viewer the essentials of chasing, pushing & wriggle engraving. Beginning with the basic tools, Jack shows the sharpening and heat treating of both square and chisel point engraving tools, and demonstrates the techniques used by period American gunsmiths to decorate their firearms. In addition, the engraving of several original 18th and 19th century longrifles is examined in detail. Over 70 minutes long. DVD format.
Typically 40 hours of skilled labor is required to build a longrifle rifle. Drilling and tapping required. Use of a drill press in recommended. A skilled mentor, as always, can be a invaluable aid in building any rifle.
Gun building is fun! View the link to view our suggested list of parts and options. Click ADD TO CART, and send your order, for same day shipment. Call 763-633-2500 to place your order by telephone.