Isaac Haines 1770 Lancaster kit,
easy to assemble, 38" swamped barrel,
traditional brass, or iron trim,
plain or fancy maple stock
We offer these fine Lancaster County style parts, modeled after the work of Isaac Haines. The work of Isaac Haines was little known until John Bivins and his associates began emulating his work. Apparently Joe Kindig, Jr. did not have an Isaac Haines longrifle in his vast collection, so Haines was not listed in Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age
. Dr. George Shumway suggests that the original gunmaker, Isaac Haines, may have been Lancaster County's most influential gunmaker, bringing his knowledge of sophisticated Philadelphia carving styles to his region, during the golden age of the American longrifle.
This beautiful rifle was assembled by Joseph Scorsone
. It features traditional brass furniture, and a hand made sliding wood patchbox. Each of our precision pre-inlet Lancaster County stocks includes an additional piece of wood, cut from the same blank, to make a sliding wooden patchbox, to test stain colors, or to practice applying your favorite finish.
The flared tang is retained by a single tang bolt, which engages the trigger plate. Raised carving, around the tang, and around the transition of the comb to the wrist, is especially nice. Original carving was not bold or thick. Our stock has plenty of wood to allow raised carving, if desired. Notice how the lock panels taper widest at the rear, a classic feature of early flint longrifle architecture.
Our small Bivins 1770 era Lancaster County triggerguard is modeled after the work of Isaac Haines. Large enough for double set triggers, it is often used with our Bivins single trigger and plate. Made in the USA, all hardware is offered in wax cast brass or steel. Use our #PIN-3/32
steel dowel pins, through each mounting lug, front and rear, to correctly mount this triggerguard.
Well finished carving seems to stand above a smooth background. Scraping the background smooth, using sharp tools, is the secret of high quality carving. When considering your next longrifle budget, remember that carving adds value, when tastefully designed, and well executed
This rifle has a few pieces of silver wire inlay inlet to accent the raised carving. The techniques and tools to perform this are illustrated and described in Recreating the American Longrifle
, by William Buchele.
Order our Lancaster County longrifle kit, and use your imagination. Plain or decorated, carved or inlaid, single trigger, many options are available. Each part is offered separately, so you can create your own custom rifle. Select the parts you need for your project. We recommend traditional brass furniture, but a few were made with iron furniture. We recommend plain or fancy maple.
We offer both Colerain
brand Isaac Haines
profile 38" swamped barrels for this rifle project.
The Isaac Haines
"B" profile barrel, has a 1.000" breech, .710" waist, and .895" muzzle.
Our 'C' profile large caliber Isaac Haines barrel, with round bottom rifling has a 1.062" breech, .772" waist, and .957" muzzle.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. Offered in .40, .45, .50, and .54 caliber, each Colerain barrel includes a fitted flared tang breech plug.
Founded by two entrepreneurs, Scott Keller and Scott Kelly were tutored by Bob Paris, the famous rifle barrel maker who was first to perfect the technique for production of correct swamped barrels.Colerain rifle barrels
are cut rifled, with fancy radius groove rifling geometry, in correct twist rates for round balls:
- Each barrel has six "round bottom" grooves.
- Cut rifled, with .012" to .016" deep grooves, depending on caliber.
- 1 turn in 48 inch twist, in .40 caliber.
- 1 turn in 56 inch twist, in .45, .50, or .54 caliber.
Colerain rifle barrels are drilled from solid steel. Each barrel has 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.Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels
cost a bit more than other barrels, due to the extra attention given to the bore and surfaces. All bores are reamed, rifled, and "ball burnished" to a mirror finish, with a more uniform bore diameter than can be achieved with reaming alone. Match quality, no break-in period, no hand lapping is required. This barrel will shoot accurately from the very first shot.
We offer the 38" length Rice swamped barrels in two profiles for these parts. This 1770 era 38" swamped barrel is named after Isaac Haines, in honor of this rifle maker from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Not well known, recent research indicates that Isaac Haines may have been the most influential artisan in this region.
Cut Rifling Specifications:
Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels
- Each barrel has 6 lands and grooves for .40 caliber.
- Each barrel has 7 lands and grooves for .45, and .50 caliber.
- Grooves cut .016" deep, with round bottom rifling.
- Twist is 1 turn in 48 inches for .40 caliber.
- Twist is 1 turn in 66 inches for .45, .50, and .54 caliber.
- Rice barrels do not require lapping or extensive shooting to break in
- 60 degree lathe cut and polished crown.
are set between centers and milled octagonal, insuring a centered bore, concentric with the exterior, with no "run-out". Each barrel is stress relieved in an atmosphere controlled electric furnace, to eliminate work hardening or barrel warp, and to dampen harmonic vibrations or barrel whip.
After the rifling has been cut, each bore is "ball burnished". A carbide bore-sizing die is pulled through the barrel, to insure bore dimension uniformity, eliminating any tight or loose spots inside the barrel. This critical procedure leaves the top of the lands smooth and polished, equaling the traditional lead lapping procedure. Rice barrels are Match grade quality, with bench rest capability. Rice barrels do not require lapping or extensive shooting to break-in.Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels
are premium quality barrels in every sense! A small maker's trade mark, and caliber mark, is stamped near the breech, on the bottom of each barrel.Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels
include a fitted and indexed flared tang plug, threaded to an inside depth of .500". We can quickly install underlugs and sights, at small extra cost. See our gunsmithing service options. Allow three to seven days shop time, when you choose optional labor.Stocks
for our Isaac Haines kits, are precision machine inlet on Allen's Patent 5 axis pantograph. All are cut for Siler's large lock, our small Bivins buttplate, triggerguard, sideplate, rod pipes, and triggerplate. A rectangular block of wood, from the same blank, is included for making a sliding wooden patchbox, accessories, or for testing stains and finishes.
Offered cut for a "B" or "C" profile stock is pre-inlet the appropriate profile barrel in .40, .45, .50, or .54. Rod hole is drilled 3/8" full depth. About 13-3/4" trigger reach, 3-1/4" drop from the line of sights. Buttplate area is 5 x 1-7/8".
We offer a complete set of wax casting furniture in iron or brass, to fit this rifle. The 1770 era Lancaster County style furniture is modeled after the work of Isaac Haines. Furniture includes the buttplate, triggerguard, toeplate, forward and entry ramrod pipes, sideplate, ramrod, and ramrod tip. As cast, the castings need to have the casting gates removed by filing or grinding, and must be polished, then drilled for mounting screws, as needed.
We offer a single trigger only for this project. Our trigger & plate, #TR-YORK-TP
, assembled from steel wax castings. Plate tapers from .475" at widest point to .300" at rear, narrowing at front. Curled trigger is about .330" wide, with scroll back. Not very high, this trigger allows for a very thin wrist, and is pre-inlet into our special fancy fully pre-shaped Isaac Haines style Lancaster County stock. We do not recommend a double set trigger with this pre-inlet stock.
Siler flint lock
, our #LOCK-SL-FL-RH
, is a correct flint lock, made for scratch builders. The Siler flint lock is our most popular, by far. This lock is modeled after a fine hand made original lock, by the famous American gunmaker, Jacob Dickert. Only a few American gunmakers made their own locks. Dickert may have made and sold locks to others. We have examined a few rifles by Dickert, and none of his locks are exactly alike, nor were any exactly the same as our Siler lock. This lock captures the styling used on many American longrifles. Most locks were imported from England or Europe, for use by American gunmakers.
We recommend our best 3/4" English gun flint, in our large Siler lock. Assembled from the fine quality wax cast alloy steel parts, designed by C. E. Siler, Track's right hand Siler lock is assembled and tuned by Jim Chambers. Working parts are fitted as necessary for best action and minimum friction. Evidence of the lock maker's skill is obvious in the tight fit of the pan, internal parts, smooth action, and strong mainspring. A fly detent allows the use of set triggers, if desired.
A pan bridle arm supports the frizzen, a feature not always found on early American flint locks. Many of our best stocks are pre-inlet for our large Siler flint and percussion locks.Chambers' Deluxe Siler flint lock
, our #LOCK-CD-FL-RH
, is said to be the fastest and most reliable "Siler" flint lock ever made. This new right hand flint lock is the latest offering from that ingenious lock maker, Mr. Jim Chambers. He has included every trick in this lock. Built on a true Siler lock plate, pan and frizzen, it will fit any mortise pre-inlet for the large Siler lock.
Nearly every other part has been modified or fine tuned for speed. Notice the slightly taller cock, top jaw and jaw screw, which sweep the frizzen from a higher point with more velocity, for better sparking.
The frizzen is hardened through, for long life. It rides over a cam-action frizzen spring, that is as pretty as it is clever. The thin upper leaf and redesigned cam point allow the frizzen to snap open smartly. No roller is used on this frizzen! A roller is not correct for this period, and recent high speed photo tests indicate that the so-called "frictionless" roller can increase the mainspring's work load, slow the lock time, and reduce sparking. This fast acting frizzen spring uses an elegant hidden mounting screw, and has fewer parts to fail in the field.
The lock plate is polished bright inside. Fitted with Chambers' best large Siler internal parts, each part has been tuned for best action. The mainspring has "pre-load" for snappy action. The new tumbler has tiny offset bearings, to reduce friction. The mainspring rides on the tumbler's redesigned cam-action ramp, giving a smooth release at full cock, with increasing leverage for maximum acceleration.
Fine tuned to provide snappy action and good sparking, the sear is adjusted to give light release, despite the heavy mainspring load. Grey matte finished outside, the plate, cock, top jaw, pan and back surfaces of the frizzen are ready for cold browning or polishing. If you are building a right hand flint longrifle, and searching for the best large Siler flint lock, regardless of price, we offer this candidate.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, was often fitted to a Lancaster County longrifle. We offer a number of correct choices. These may be installed with the included cam-over-center spring, or using our push button release kit, at extra cost.#PB-KIT-1-B or I:
copied from a rifle signed by Jacob Dickert, shown in Gunsmiths of Lancaster County Pennsylvania
. Springs and assembly instructions are included. Offered in traditional brass, or steel, about 7-1/2" length. Issac Haines produced similar patchboxes, with a smaller flower head finial.#PB-KIT-14-B or I:
copied from a rifle shown in Rifles in Colonial America
, by George Shumway, he attributes it to Isaac Haines, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Select brass or steel. 7-1/2" overall length.#PB-KIT-B or I:
curved to fit your stock, neatly hinged, with steel cam finger inside the lid, cam spring and mounting screw. Polished outside, the curved hinge works well. Made of .052" thick sheet brass. The flat spring is tempered, ready to use, it may be soldered under the lid. Shape this blank kit to copy an original, or create your own design. About 7-3/4" overall length.#PB-RK-TOW-B or I:
This high quality patchbox release kit is made for use with brass, iron, or nickel silver patchboxes. The kit includes four precision steel parts, two unplated steel screws, and fully illustrated instructions. Made with your choice of a brass or steel release button.Sliding Wooden Patchbox latch
, is not shown. Our wax cast steel 3-1/2" lever spring is modeled after originals used on early Colonial era longrifles, with sliding wooden patchboxes. Easily fitted under your sliding patchbox lid, lift the thumb button to release the latch.
Gunsmithing Labor Options
are a popular low cost method of speeding assembly. Our gunsmith can install the front and rear sights (2 #LABOR-DS
), and underlugs (3 #LABOR-UL
) at small extra cost, with prompt delivery. #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-UL:
When you buy the lugs from us, we will remove any burrs, and hand fit the lug to the dovetail slot, ready for you to finish and use. Allow our gunsmith to determine the best location for lug. Typically these rifles require three lugs. We require the breech plug to be fitted before performing this operation.
: 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 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.#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.#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.
Typically 40 hours of skilled labor is required to build a longrifle rifle. Drilling and tapping is required. 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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