Kit Carson's Hawken Rifle kit,
1" octagon 36" barrel,
traditional iron, or fancy brass trim,
maple or walnut stock
Track's very best Kit Carson's Hawken Rifle parts were selected by the contemporary builder, George Nelson
, who built the fine rifle, shown above. Stocked in maple, and trimmed in traditional iron furniture.
The snail bolster of the breech is hooked to the tang. Push the two barrel wedge keys open, withdraw the ramrod, and the barrel will lift and unhook from the tang, instantly, without tools, for easy cleaning after a day of shooting. 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 single lock bolt retains the lock, recessed into a tear drop shaped iron sideplate inlay. The classic beaver tail cheekpiece is a standard feature on 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 or optional step adjustable rear sight, and silver blade front sight are both correct features.
Track's Kit Carson's Hawken stock will accept any 1" straight octagon barrel, to build a moderate weight rifle. We offer Green Mountain
barrels for this rifle. Not recommended as a first project, assembly of a Hawken rifle requires the skilled use of a drill press, file fitting of the lock plate to the plug, and the installation of an under rib. If you are comfortable with these tasks, you will have no difficulty with this kit. Our gunsmith can install the rib, sights, forward pipes, and plug, at extra cost.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:
- 1 turn in 56 inch twist, in .50 and .54 calibers
- 1 turn in 66 inch twist in .58 caliber
barrels are 1" octagon, 36" length, threaded for breech plug. Available in .50, .54, or .58 caliber with round ball twist. Green Mountain muzzle loading rifle barrels are machined from high quality American made bar stock, A.I.S.I. 1137 modified, stress relieved, annealed, certified rifle barrel quality steel. All barrels are drilled from solid stock, reamed to a high degree of smoothness, then optically checked for straightness. Very close tolerances are maintained. Diameters vary less than .0002" within any bore.Cut Rifling Specifications:
- Each barrel has eight lands and grooves.
- Grooves cut .010 to .012" deep, depending on caliber.
- Twist is 1 turn in 70 inches for .50, .54, and .58 caliber.
Our Kit Carson's Hawken rifle stock is precision machine inlet for any 1" octagon barrel, percussion Jim Bridger Hawken lock, 1" slant-faced breech plug & tang, double set triggers, entry pipe, sideplate inlay, slotted oval wedge key inlays, and toeplate. The hole for 7/16" rod is drilled full depth. The stock will allow up to 14-1/4" trigger reach, about 4" drop, to line of sights. Forend is 16" long, butt end is 4-1/2 x 1-7/16", pre-cut for our late Hawken buttplate.
Our wax cast Kit Carson's Hawken furniture: late buttplate, sideplate, toeplate, inlay escutcheons, triggerguard, forend cap, and 7/16" ramrod pipes, are offered in wax cast brass, or traditional iron (wax cast steel). The sideplate is the later smaller style. Rib is drawn steel. Correct unplated screws and pins are included.
Front sight has a copper dovetail base, with nickel silver blade. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn, or a 5 step adjustable Hawken rear sight is also available. Our gunsmith can install the sights, after fitting the breech plug, at small extra cost, with prompt delivery.
Our popular Kit Carson's Hawken right hand plug has an annealed tang, very malleable, easily fitted to the tang mortise. Made with .612" thread engagement, with a direct drilled ignition hole. The plug is pre-inlet into our Kit Carson's Hawken stock, and threaded 3/4-16 for a 1" octagon barrel. After fitting the tang to the plug, it is best to temporarily join the two pieces together with glue or solder, 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.#LOCK-JB-R:
Designed by Ron Long, Denver, this famous lock was used by Green River Rifle Works, of Roosevelt, Utah, on their famous Hawken rifle. This lock emulates locks made by the Hawken brothers of Saint Louis, circa 1840-1850.
Wax castings are nicely finished, tempered, assembled, and signed by R. E. Davis. Smooth internal parts, polished critical points, turned bearing surfaces, and a heavy duty mainspring give this lock a crisp action. Fitted with a fly, this lock works well with Hawken style double set triggers.#TR-PA-20:
The famous lock maker, Ron Long, Denver, designed this trigger for the Hawken rifle. Made by R. E. Davis, each trigger bears his (D) touch-mark. This double lever trigger has the required backlash to allow the lock to be cocked and fired, while the trigger is 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.
Our gunsmith can install the plug (LABOR-BP), front and rear sights (2 LABOR-DS), mount the under rib using four screws (4 LABOR-DT), and solder the two ramrod pipes to milled notches in the rib (2 LABOR-RP), 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, rib, or pipes.
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-DT:
We drill and tap blind holes, usually 5-40, drill, counter-bore and mount the rib. Rifles usually require four (4) screws. We require fitting the breech plug before performing this operation.#LABOR-RP:
We mill a flat on each rod pipe, and a matching flat notch in the rib. After "tinning" both flats with solder, we clamp the pipe, heat the joint, and cause the two solder coated surfaces to be joined, known as sweat soldering
. We require fitting the breech plug and mounting the rib before performing this operation.#LABOR-RSHA:
Only required when we install a step adjustable rear sight. This will replace one of the #LABOR-DS
. Our gunsmith will mill a dovetail for your Hawken adjustable rear sight, using a milling machine and dovetail cutter and hand fit the sight with riser.
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.
This large blueprint details construction of both the classic late Kit Carson's Hawken halfstock rifle. 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.
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.
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