Build Track's John Bivins 1770 era Lancaster parts set
with "B", or "C" profile, 42" swamped barrel
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John Bivins 1770 Lancaster kit,
easy to assemble, 42" swamped barrel,
traditional brass, or iron trim,
plain or fancy maple stock

Originally designed by John Bivins as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 1776 - 1976 bi-Centennial Rifle. These limited edition rifles are highly collectible, valuable and sought after today.

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 example rifle, signed by Michael Hayes of Park Rapids, MN, is constructed with fancy maple stock, brass furniture, large Siler flint lock, and double set triggers. This rifle is fitted with a sliding wooden patchbox. Each of our precision pre-inlet Lancaster County stocks includes an additional piece of the same wood, cut from the same blank, to make a sliding wooden buttstock, to test stains, and 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 large 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.

The stock is shaped with a square cheek piece. Well finished carving seems to stand above a smooth background. Scraping the background smooth, using sharp tools, is the secret of high quality carving.

Order our 1770 Lancaster County longrifle parts set, and use your imagination. Plain or decorated, carved or inlaid, single or double set trigger, many options are available. Each part is offered separately, so you can create your own custom rifle.

Barrel channel is cut for one of three different profiles of 42" barrels. Colerain or Rice 42" swamped "B", or "C" profile. The price includes the breech plug, installed, and match-marked. Our 'B' profile Golden Age barrel has a 1.000" breech, .750" waist, .812" muzzle, and round bottom rifling. Our ‘C' profile Golden Age barrel for large calibers has a 1.062" breech, .812" waist, .875" muzzle, and round bottom rifling.

Colerain and Rice barrels are precisely profiled to fit our matching size pre-inlet stocks, making the barrel a snap fit in our pre-inlet stock, after squaring the inside corners of our inletting, at the breech. This is a great labor saving advantage.

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. 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.

Cut Rifling Specifications:
  • Cut rifled .012" to .016" deep depending on caliber
  • 1 turn in 48 inch twist, in .40 caliber.
  • 1 turn in 56 inch twist, in calibers .45, .50, or .54
  • Crowned muzzle

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.

Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels, our most costly swamped rifle barrel. Made in the USA, these cost a bit more than other barrels, due to the extra attention given to the bore. 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.

Cut Rifling Specifications:

  • Each barrel has 6 lands and grooves .40 caliber.
  • Each barrel has 7 lands and grooves for .45, .50, .54, and .58 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, .54, and .58 caliber.
  • Rice barrels do not require lapping or extensive shooting to break in
  • 60 degree lathe cut and polished crown.

Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels 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.

Our John Bivins' 1770 Lancaster stock is inlet for a Golden Age "B" or "C" profile 42" swamped barrel, with mortise for large Siler right hand flint lock. The forend is square ahead of the lock panels, to allow for easy bench vise mounting. Inlet for our large Bivins' buttplate. No triggerplate is inlet, so either single or double set triggers may be inlet. Rod hole is drilled 3/8" full depth. With 14" pull and 3-1/4" drop from the line of sights, the buttplate area is 5" tall, 2" wide.

We offer a complete set of wax casting furniture in brass or iron, to fit this rifle. The 1770 era Lancaster County style furniture is modeled after the work of Isaac Haines. 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.

Our suggested furniture includes:
  • buttplate, wax cast
  • triggerguard, wax cast
  • toeplate, cut sheet
  • forward and entry ramrod pipes, wax cast
  • sideplate, wax cast
  • ramrod, 48" length
  • ramrod tip, 3/8" diameter
  • muzzle cap, wax cast

Our #LOCK-SL-FL-RH: One of the first correct flint locks made for scratch builders, Siler's flint lock is our most popular. This lock is modeled after a fine hand made original lock by the famous American gunmaker, Jacob Dickert. Few other American gunmakers made their own locks. He may have made and sold locks to others. We have examined a few rifles by Dickert, and none of these locks are exactly alike, nor were any exactly the same as the Siler lock. This lock captures the styling used on many American longrifles. Most flint locks were imported from England or Europe, for use by American gunmakers. A fine original "hand forged" flint lock, in Siler style, would make a very desirable prize for a gun collector.

We recommend our 3/4" gun flint in most large Siler locks. Track's large Siler flint locks are tuned to allow the use of our 3/4" standard flint. Wax cast from the fine parts designed by C. E. Siler, Track's right hand Siler lock is assembled and tuned. 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, and the smooth action. A fly detent allows 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.

Our #LOCK-CD-FL-RH: Said to be the fastest and most reliable "Siler" flint lock ever made, this 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 parts set. 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.

We offer a single trigger, or double lever double set triggers for this rifle. The trigger plate is not pre-inlet in the stock, so either trigger will require inletting. The small rectangular trigger plate is easy to install.

Trigger & plate, #TR-BIVINS-TP, was designed by John Bivins. Originally, this trigger was intended to be pinned to the wood. The trigger plate served only as a "wear plate". We have added lugs to the plate, to serve as an integral pivot point. However, it is possible to drill the pivot hole high in the corner, and pin the trigger to the stock, if desired. Notice that the trigger is .077" thick, and the plate has a .079" slot.

Double set trigger, #TR-LR-1710, this "double lever" set trigger has a front trigger lever to engage the sear, so the lock to be fired with the trigger unset. The trigger bar is about .4" wide. Wax cast steel parts are finished, tempered and assembled. We stock spare parts, in the unlikely event that any part will ever break. Same day shipment of trigger or spare parts! Overall length 5-3/4", bar .4" wide.

Although not required, patchboxes are often fitted on Lancaster County longrifle. We offer a number of correct choices, which may be installed with cam over center springs or button release kits at extra cost.

#PB-KIT-1-B or I: Copied from a rifle made and signed by Jacob Dickert, shown in Gunsmiths of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Springs and assembly instructions are included. 7-1/2" overall length. Offered in brass or steel.

#PB-KIT-14-B or I: Copied from a rifle shown in Rifles in Colonial America, by George Shumway, which attributes the maker as Isaac Haines, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 7-1/2" overall length. Offered in brass or steel.

#PB-KIT-B or I: Curved to fit your buttstock, neatly hinged with steel cam finger inside the lid, cam spring and mounting screw. We show the rough underside to reveal the features. Polished outside, the curved hing fits well. Made of .052" thick sheet brass. The flat spring is tempered, ready to use, it may be finger soldered under the lid. Use this blank kit to copy an original. 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.

#PB-RK-WOOD: Not shown, our wax cast steel 3-1/2" long lever is modeled after originals used on early Colonial era longrifles, with sliding wooden patchboxes. This simple, clever, reliable latch mechanism is the choice of today's best longrifle builders, used on fine longrifles.

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 (4 #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.

#BOOK-RAL: 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-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.

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