Build Track's Virginia Longrifle,
with 44" swamped octagon barrel,
round faced lock, and brass trim,
a project for advanced builders
Build a Virginia flint longrifle with a 44" swamped barrel, round faced English lock, and brass furniture from our suggested list of parts. A advanced project, no pre shaped stock exists and this set of parts must be shaped from a blank. Laying out centerlines, and inletting the components into a square blank is not difficult, once you understand the geometry and relationship of each part, and you have a good feel for inletting, using our inletting black.

This beautiful Virginia flint longrifle dates from the period of the 1770's and 1780's. This example rifle was built by noted gun maker J.E. Eddie Brown the rifle is modeled after an original built by F. Klette of northern Virginia. Found in George Shumway's, Rifles of Colonial America Volume II, the rifle and a brief description are found on pages 534-539.

Shaped from a curly maple maple blank, then finished a very deep and dark brown. The Colerain 44" swamped .54 caliber barrel, gives this rifle a nice balance for off hand shooting. This specific rifle had a .54 caliber barrel with a overall weight of 9 pounds.

Rearward from the barrel the flared tang is visible. The area of the stock around the tang has raised carving in the beaver tail style, framing the tang in a very English and Southern (Virginian) fashion.

To the rear of the wrist the comb of the rifle flares beautifully back to the buttplate. The brass comb extension of the buttplate has three flats, to echo the theme of the octagon barrel, and those flats have been continued onto the comb. Tapering forward to the end of the comb, the flats eventually meet before diving down to the wrist. This feature has been expertly executed and is found on the original rifle, visible in Mr. Shumway's book.

Our bottom view shows off the brass toeplate and triggerguard of the rifle. The small toeplate, is installed to protect the delicate toe of the stock, the toeplate acts as a guard against chips and dings during the loading and cleaning processes.

Forward of the toeplate the brass triggerguard of the rifle can be seen. A single screw retains the rear of the guard while the front has been pinned into location. The hand done engraving found on the triggerguard is a repeat of the double triangular border, giving the borders a zigzag appearance.

The brass sideplate, which is retained by two lock bolts, has been finished to resemble the original. Not quite the exact same shape, the sideplate has been finished with very similar engraved borders and floral like petals coming down from the upper lock bolt.

Raised carving adorns the butt of the rifle, both ahead and behind the classic stepped check. An engraved sliver hunters star has been inlet into the cheek itself and adds a nice bit of decoration to this area of the rifle.

Our American Heritage 44" swamped rifle barrel copies the design used in the famous bicentennial longrifles made by John Bivins and others, for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since the barrel will need to be hand inlet into the blank we offer three different profiles, with calibers from .40 to .54 caliber. The price includes the breech plug, installed.

Our 'A' profile small caliber barrel has a .950" breech, .668" waist, .815" muzzle, with round bottom rifling.

Our 'B' profile medium caliber barrel has a 1.000" breech, .718" waist, .865" muzzle, with round bottom rifling.

Our 'C' profile large caliber barrel has a 1.062" breech, .780" waist, .927" muzzle, with round bottom rifling.

Colerain barrels are cut rifled with fancy radius groove rifling, in these correct twist rates for round balls:

  • 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 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.

    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 are our most costly swamped rifle barrel, made in the USA, by L.C. & Liston Rice, these 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 44" length Rice swamped barrels in three profiles (weights), depending on caliber. Known as the American Heritage profile, our 44" swamped rifle barrel copies the design used in the famous bicentennial longrifles made by John Bivins and others, for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Our 'A' profile small caliber American Heritage barrel has a .950" breech, .668" waist, .815" muzzle, with round bottom rifling.

    Our 'B' profile medium caliber American Heritage barrel has a 1.000" breech, .718" waist, .865" muzzle, with round bottom rifling.

    Our 'C' profile large caliber American Heritage barrel has a 1.062" breech, .780" waist, .927" muzzle, with round bottom rifling.

    Cut Rifling Specifications:

    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.

    Stock Blanks cured to 6% to 8% moisture are stable!

    Stocking a rifle with cheap wood can be discouraging! If your wood twists, warps, cracks, checks, or splits after you begin work, your labor may be lost. Properly cutting and curing can minimize your risk. Our wood was selected for gun stocks, often before the tree was cut. These stock blanks are not 'lumber yard culls'. The stock blanks we offer are slow cured to the ideal 6 to 8% moisture content in a special kiln, and often have been in climate controlled storage for three to five years. We keep a large supply on hand.

    Sugar Maple fullstock blanks, often called "hard" maple

    So called "hard maple" or "rock maple" is from the Sugar maple tree (L. Acer saccharum). Very dense, with closed grain, ideal for raised carving, but the figure is less obvious than most red maple.

    Red Maple fullstock blanks, often called "soft" maple

    So called "soft maple" is actually hard and dense, and has more brilliant figure than Sugar Maple. From the Red Maple tree, it is ideal for fancy figured longrifles. Less expensive, since it is more widely available and hardy. We do not sell the very soft Silver Maple wood.

    How are our curly maple stock blanks priced?

    Curly maple is priced by the amount and type of figure, as follows:
    Grade 1 Maple has nearly straight grain, with little or no curl.
    Grade 2 Maple has some curl over 30% of its length, or more.
    Grade 3 Maple has some curl over 75% of its length, or more.
    Grade 4 Maple has some curl over 100% of its length. Desirable.
    Grade 5 Maple has even curl over 100% of its length. Scarce.
    Grade 6 Maple has tight even curl over 100% of its length. Rare!
    Grade 7 Maple has exceptional tight even curl. Very rare.

    Our guarantee is simple:

    Order "sight unseen" with confidence. We will pick a good one.
    You pay postage, which is not refundable. Your only risk.
    When your blank arrives, examine it carefully for 10 days.
    If not delighted, return it and we will ship a replacement.
    No sale is final until you cut it. Cut wood may not be returned.

    All wood contains internal stress. Figured wood is more highly stressed than straight grain wood. Every piece of wood may have hidden chips, checks, cracks, knots, bark inclusions, rot, cross grain, worm holes, warping, or incorrect dimensions. These become your problems only after you decide to cut the wood. Old time gunsmiths faced and solved such hidden problems. Many antique longrifles will reveal clever repairs, inlays, and "wear plates" to cover flaws.

    Examine any blank for 10 days. If not delighted, perhaps we can substitute a different grade, select another piece or suggest a simple solution.

    We offer a complete set of brass furniture to build this nice Virgina flintlock rifle. 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.

    Furniture includes:

    Sometimes called a “Queen Anne" lock, this best quality round faced flint lock actually dates from the 1730 to 1770 era, well after Anne's reign ended.

    Our undecorated “Virginia Fowler" flint lock is modeled after a fine antique lock found on a fowler from the Williamsburg collection.

    These early London style fowler locks are found on colonial American longrifles and fowling guns. The tall cock sweeps a wide arc of sparks, making these larger locks among the best sparking locks we've ever offered. The pan has a bridle arm to support the frizzen pivot screw, not always found on early English locks. The plate has an integral pan, and the frizzen is tightly fitted.

    Fitted with a large fly detent, this lock works equally well with set or plain triggers. A powerful mainspring engages the cam action tumbler. Bearing shoulders on the tumbler and sear minimize friction, to focus all energy into speed and sparks. Notice the long sear spring, which hides the sear spring mounting screw behind the flint cock.

    This lock is shown at exact-full-size, in Track's new catalog for gunmakers and gunsmiths.

    #PB-KIT-10-B: This patchbox kit has a neatly formed hinge, and is slightly curved to conform to the shape of your buttstock. Tempered springs and instructions are included. Made of brass, this was the traditional trim for an early longrifle. We recommend mounting the patchbox with nine of our #SCREW-6-1/2 unplated iron wood screws.

    This patchbox was used on a Pre-Revolutionary War era American longrifle, by F. Klette, Culpepper County, Virginia, shown in Kentucky Rifles & Pistols, 1750 - 1850. The lack of side panels on either edge of the patchbox lid are typical for an early patchbox, or you may use the side panels included. Overall length is about 6-1/4".

    #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.

    Gunsmithing Labor Options are a popular low cost method of speeding assembly. Our gunsmith can install 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 four 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 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.

    We also recommend our new catalog, which describes these parts in great detail, and shows most individual parts in exact full size photographs. Prices may change, over the years, but the technical data, dimensions, instructions, and precise photos will make this 432 page book an essential too on your work bench.

    Typically 40 hours of skilled labor is required to build a longrifle rifle. Use of a drill press in recommended. A skilled mentor, as always, can be a invaluable aid in building any rifle.

    #ROD-DRILL-6: Ramrod hole drill. The very best tool, for this risky task, is worth our price. Made in the USA, from one solid piece of tool steel, with the correct tool geometry with tempered cutting edge. Slightly larger than actual ramrod diameter, for a perfect fit. Full 48" length. The secret to success is to carefully and slowly start the hole in perfect alignment. Go slow and clear chips frequently.

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