Track's best early fullstock Hawken Rifle parts were selected by the by noted gunmaker J.E. Brown
, who built the nice rifle shown above. Stocked in figured tiger stripe maple, this nice rifle is strikingly handsome. Trimmed with traditional iron furniture.
Fitted with a hooked breech and tang. Push the three barrel wedge keys past the underlugs, and the barrel will lift and unhook from the tang, instantly, without tools, for easy cleaning after a day of shooting. The keys are slotted so they may be captured in the stock to prevent loss in the field. The mountain man appreciated ease of maintenance as much as we do, today.
The long tang hooked breech plug is fitted with two tang bolts that engage the trigger plate, another correct Hawken feature. The trigger plate is very long, extending through the wrist, accepting two tang bolts from above. The long trigger plate, long tang, and two bolts, form a steel reinforced wrist, making the Hawken the strongest Plains rifle in this critical area. A ideal feature when trapping far in the wilderness.
Typically a single lock bolt retains the lock, recessed into the early style tear drop shaped iron sideplate inlay. This rifle shown has a additional sideplate and lock bolt added by the builder.
The cheek piece is the earlier square long rifle style, rather than the beaver tail cheek for on later half-stock Hawken rifles. The cheek is angled to recoil away from your face, an ingenious feature found on better rifles. Our semi-buckhorn rear sight, and silver blade front sight are both correct features.
Track's fullstock Hawken stock will accept any 1" straight octagon barrel, to build a moderate weight rifle. We offer Colerain
barrels for this rifle. While slightly more difficult than a flint longrifle, a fullstock hawken is much easier to assemble than a percussion halfstock Hawken. Assembly of a fullstock Hawken rifle requires the skilled use of a drill press, clean up of the castings, and inletting. If you are comfortable with these tasks, you will have no difficulty with this parts set. Our gunsmith can install the plug, sights, and underlugs, at extra cost.
b>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.
Colerain barrels are cut rifled with fancy radius groove rifling, in these correct twist rates for round balls:
Our wax cast fullstock Hawken furniture includes:
- 1 turn in 56 inch twist, in .50 and .54 calibers
- 1 turn in 66 inch twist in .58 caliber
- Early buttplate
- Muzzle cap
- 7/16" ramrod entry pipe and two forward pipes
- 7/16" ramrod
- 7/16" ramrod tip
- One key, straight head for forearm, two slant head keys for forend
These castings are offered in traditional iron (wax cast steel) only. The sideplate is the earlier tear drop style. Correct unplated screws and pins are included.PLUG-LRF-16-3:
This well made slant faced flint plug and tang is threaded 3/4-16 with .550" thread journal for strength. The powder chamber is drilled .375" diameter, over one inch deep, to the center of the octagon extension. The tang sweeps up to the wood, at both rear corners. Ideally suited for use with L&R's #900 right hand flintlock. You can build a fine Hawken fullstock rifle, using our best parts. The overall length of the tang is 5-5/8". Narrowest point on the tang is 3/8". Plug length is 7/8". After fitting the tang to the plug, it is best to temporarily join the two pieces with Super Glue, and inlet the entire barrel assembly as one part.
Apply anti-seize compound to threads, before installation. We recommend Birchwood Casey's Choke Tube Lube. Our gunsmith can install this breech plug, at small extra cost.#TR-LR-1300:
Made with an early straight front trigger, otherwise identical to the curved front trigger. Use our early Hawken “flat grip rail" triggerguard. Use on fullstocks or early halfstock Hawken rifles. Double lever, it has free-play backlash to allow the lock to be cocked with trigger set or unset. Trigger release is easily adjusted, using the trigger adjustment screw. For best trigger geometry, place the trigger adjustment screw directly under the sear of the lock. Overall length 9-7/8", width .470, beaver tail finial.
are shaped and pre-inlet for, L&R right hand late English lock, L&R Hawken double set triggers, 1" flint hooked breech, early Hawken buttplate, and traditional ramrod entry pipe. A square vise block remains for easy mounting while working on the rifle. This Hawken fullstock is modeled after the early work of Jacob and Samuel Hawken, with an early square cheekpiece, not the later beaver tail found on halfstocks. We strongly recommend straight grain maple for large bores. Cut with 1" straight octagon barrel channel, the stock will accept barrels up to 42" in length. All have 7/16" ramrod hole drilled full depth, and a shaped forend. Drop is about 3-1/2" from the line of sights. Cut for our early wide Hawken buttplate, with 13-3/4" trigger reach. The butt end is about 5-1/4" x 1-1/4".
L&R's late English flint lock is sometimes called a “Hawken" flint lock. Perfect for use on fullstock plains rifles of the 1800 to 1830 era. This lock has a water-proof pan, roller bearing frizzen spring, stirrup link, stiff mainspring, and fly detent to allow the use of a set trigger. Turned raised bearing rings on the tumbler and sear minimize friction. This nice right flint lock is made to fit our right hand Hawken fullstock pre-inlet stock. We also offer the nearly identical #LOCK-LR-900
with single throat cock.Flash Hole Liner
, touch hole liner, or vent liner, is an essential part of our kit. Our standard vent has the popular 1/4-28 thread. We also offer the Jim Chambers White Lightnin'
vent as a option. The special 5/16-32 fine thread allows an extra large concave cavity inside, for use on swamped octagon barrels. Made in the USA, stainless steel, with removable lug for easy installation. Order our #TAP-5/16-32 tap and drill, if you prefer this special vent.
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.
, although not required, can be fitted to a Hawken fullstock longrifle. We offer a number of correct choices. These may be installed with the included cam-over-center spring.PB-HAWKEN-3-B, I, or S
: Hawken Rifle Capbox Kit, pineapple finial, steel, 6-1/4" overall length. Known as the "Pineapple" or early Hawken patchbox, this kit is not difficult to install. The patchbox lid is inlet first, and the side hinge hangs straight down, mounting to the inside of the patchbox cavity. You need not be too concerned about inletting gaps because the decorative bezel completely surrounds the hinged lid, and is installed separately. Take time, and fit it neatly to your stock.
Curved to fit your stock, our early Hawken "Pineapple" patchbox kit is polished outside, made of .052" thick brass, steel, or nickel silver. Use our unplated iron wood screws, #SCREW-6x1/2.
An over-center cam spring, and mounting screw are included. Overall length is 6-1/4".
Our gunsmith can install the plug (LABOR-BP), front and rear sights (2 LABOR-DS), and install the underlug staples (3 LABOR-UL), at small extra cost, with prompt delivery. #LABOR-BP:
Our gunsmith will install your breech plug, in your barrel, with the front face of the breech plug tightly sealed against the inside shoulder of the breech thread, and the barrel maker's name indexed to the bottom flat. Threads are lubricated with Birchwood Casey's Choke Tube Lube anti-seize, so the plug may be removed, even after decades of use. Never remove a breech plug, unless you have a compelling reason. The plug is never removed for cleaning, and should only be removed by a skilled gunsmith, who has the correct tools to avoid marking your polished and finished barrel and plug. #LABOR-DS:
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, or underlugs.
Front sight slots are centered 1.5" from muzzle, 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.
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.#LABOR-UL:
Our gunsmith will install your lug staples: promptly, perfectly centered, ready for use, at low cost. Underlugs staples are very secure: once staked in place, the underlug staple cannot be pulled out, without breaking the staple, since the barrel area immediately surrounding the staple becomes work hardened. Specify locations, or allow us to choose the best positions. Hawken fullstock rifles require three underlug staples. We require fitting the breech plug before performing this operation.
If you have never built a rifle from scratch, we recommend the book Recreating the American Longrifle
. While not specific to Hawken rifles, this book explains many gun making techniques in detail. 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. Newly revised fifth edition. Full scale plans include a carved longrifle and fullstock pistol. Over 250 photos and drawings within the 176 pages, 8-1/2 x 11" format, soft cover.
Discussed in Recreating the American Longrifle
, Track's underlug staples are authentic, stronger, easier to install, and they remove less metal than dovetail lugs. Not suitable for thin walled barrels, staples work well for keys, pins, or for supporting a sling swivel.#TOOL-105-P:
Align our double punch with a centerline drawn on the bottom flat of your octagon barrel. Strike it to prick punch the exact spacing for our staples. Very handy for quick and accurate staple location.
Lay your key or pin in the open staple. Measure the staple leg extending above your key or pin. Drill your holes exactly that depth. Select a drill bit to match the staple foot diameter (about 7/64"). We recommend using a drill press. Set a quill stop to avoid drilling too deep. Hole depth determines key slot thickness.#TOOL-105-S:
Insert one end of our staple into your hole, and seat it with a light hammer blow. Place the semi-circular slotted end of this tool around the staple's seated end. Strike it with firm blows, to stake the staple permanently in place. Seat the opposite end, and stake it. Malleable staples allow bending. Stake one end securely, before attempting to seat the other end. Straighten after staking.
We strongly recommend that you order our new catalog, which describes this kit in great detail, explains the options, and shows most individual parts and in exact full size photographs.
Typically 40 hours of skilled labor is required to build a Hawken rifle. Use of a drill press in recommended. A skilled mentor, as always, can be a invaluable aid in building any rifle.
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