Build Track's English Sporting rifle,
with 31" swamped octagon barrel,
a advanced project for builders
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Price: starting at $711.16

Build Track's English Sporting rifle
a advanced project,
with 31" swamped barrel, traditional iron trim,
plain or fancy walnut stock

Building an English sporting rifle is a project of moderate complexity, more work than a flint longrifle, but less difficult than a halfstock Hawken rifle. Perhaps the greatest challenge is the need to stock this rifle from a stock 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 nice rifle was built by Michael Hayes of Park Rapids, Minnesota.

A really fine English sporting rifle can be assembled, using our 31" swamped Colerain barrel. This swamped barrel is perfect for such a rifle, and many original London made guns had swamped barrels. The barrel assembly will be 31 13/16" long, after installing our 1-1/8" English plug.

Trimmed in traditional iron furniture, this stock can be fitted to an individual shooter. Carefully lay out your length of pull, drop and amount of cast off, and you can build a gun that is perfectly fitted for yourself. Such guns are a prize to own forever.

The snail bolster of the breech is hooked to the tang. Push the one barrel wedge key 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 short tang hooked breech plug is fitted with one tang bolt that engage the trigger plate, another correct English feature. The trigger is thin and elegant, somewhat similar to ones found on fine modern shotguns.

When viewed from above and below the tapered lock panels are clearly visible. The lock panels taper widest at the front, opposite from early long rifles which are widest at the rear. This architectural detail is correct for English Sporting rifles, be sure to add this feature to your rifle project.

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 English Sporting rifles. The cheek is angled to recoil away from your face, an ingenious feature found on better rifles. The rear sight included with this parts set is of a Germanic Jaeger style with a decorative finale. Remove this finale and this sight makes a fine folding leaf rear sight for an English Sporting rifle.

Not recommended as a first project, assembly of a English Sporting 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. Our gunsmith can install the rib, sights, forward pipes, and plug, at extra cost.

We offer Colerain swamped Jaeger profile 31" barrels for this rifle project. The swamped Jaeger profile barrel, has a 1.125" breech, .860" waist and 1.062" 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 .50, .54, .58 and .62 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 56 inch twist, in .50 or .54 caliber
  • 1 turn in 66 inch twist for .58 or .62 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.

Pick from four different grades of American black walnut, or three grades of English walnut blanks. Building a gun from a blank is not difficult once you understand the geometry and relationship of each part. Not a project for a beginning gunbuilder, building our English Sporting rifle requires the skilled use of inletting tools and the knowledge of how to properly layout components onto a square blank.

We offer a complete set of wax casting furniture in iron, to fit this 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:

  • Buttplate , wax cast steel, notched for cap box

  • Triggerguard, wax cast steel

  • Ramrod pipes, 3/8" forward and entry ramrod pipes, wax cast steel

  • Sideplate, for 3/8" lock bolt

  • Ramrod 3/8" diameter, 48" hickory

  • Ramrod tip, 3/8" steel, 8-32 thread

  • Drip bar, for Alex Henry lock

  • Capbox, wax cast steel

  • Wedge Key, wax cast steel, slotted for capture pin

  • English Escucheoans, for key, for wax cast steel

  • Forend cap wax cast steel

  • This new bar lock is patterned after one by Alexander Henry, a famous London maker of Sporting rifles for English gentlemen. The sear rides on its own integral pin axle. Features include an elegant three screw bridle, stirrup linked mainspring, and fly detent for set triggers.

    Notice the extra “bar" shown above the plate. The Alex Henry lock bar is undercut inside, to exactly fit the corner of an octagon barrel. This style lock requires the use of an English style hooked breech with “square" bolster. While it may look difficult to install, it is much easier to accurately fit straight edges than curves. Use this lock with our 1-1/8" English style breeches.

    Choose to build a rifle with or without sling swivels. Order our standard forward ramrod pipe, RP-ENG-F-6-I, for a rifle without swivels. Or we offer a optional ramrod pipe with integral stud for swivel, #RP-ENG-FS-6-I.

    For rifles with swivels we offer a narrow swivel, #SWIVEL-4N, which includes the 6-40 thread screw to mount on the middle ramrod pipe. A button stud, #SWIVEL-3B, is offered to screw into the rear buttstock of the rifle.

    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.

    This large blueprint details construction of the English Sporting halfstock rifle. This plan shows you the inside details to help you understand how to build your own English Sporting rifle.

    Typically 60-80 hours of skilled labor is required to build a English Sporting rifle from a blank. Use of a drill press in recommended. A skilled mentor, as always, can be a invaluable aid in building any rifle.

    If you have never built a rifle from scratch, we recommend the book Recreating the American Longrifle. While not specific to English Sporting 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.

    Building Muzzle-Loaders 2, percussion rifle VHS video with rifle maker James Turpin. Rifle maker James Turpin takes you start to finish on building a quality Muzzle-Loading percussion rifle. Designed for the beginning to intermediate builder. This is the second in a series. This tape covers the percussion ignition. VHS format, 100 Minutes.

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    Click link to view current prices, and options; wood grades, barrels, and furniture.
    Price: starting at $711.16

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