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Build a
Southern Mountain longrifle,
Track's scratch build rifle project,
with 1" straight octagon barrel,
traditional iron furniture,
walnut or maple stock



This antique Tennessee rifle is stocked in American black walnut, and has hand forged iron furniture. The patchbox is a classic Bean style with spring release at the tail. The .40 caliber 43" barrel measures at just under one inch octagon. Notice the slender and graceful lines of the rifle, truly a excellent example of the workmanship of the early 19th century. Fitted with a toeplate, ramrod entry pipe, and muzzle cap this is a full dress antique Tennessee rifle.

Study the photos above and below. Not all gun makers understand how to achieve these nice lines. There are no sharp corners to become caught in clothing or brush. This rifle mounts instantly, and is instinctive to aim. It is an ideal rifle for hunting deer, where you may get one shot at running game.

We offer a selection of Green Mountain or Colerain rifle barrel blanks in 1" octagon for this scratch build project.

Green Mountain barrels are 1" octagon, in 42" length, threaded for a breech plug, in .54, or .58 caliber. 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 .54, and .58 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.

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 .54 caliber
  • 1 turn in 66 inch twist in .58 caliber


To accommodate this unique set of longrifle parts we recommend building this rifle from a stock blank. We offer three grades of walnut, and seven grades of maple full stock blanks. 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.

The iron buttplate appears to be two thin sheets forged together at the heel. The comb has a distinctive upside down "V" shape. If you don't desire to hand forge your own buttplate we recommend our buttplate, #BP-83-I. This Tennessee longrifle style buttplate has a distinctive diamond shape, when viewed from the butt end. This dictates the shape of the buttstock, making a truly graceful longrifle. Sometimes called a South Carolina style buttplate. Yes, this buttplate can be bent cold, if necessary. Overall length is 4-1/2", comb length is 3-7/8" and width is 1-1/2".

This top view reveals the long comb of the buttplate, and a straight stock without cast off. It features a raised right hand cheek piece. Notice the long tang behind the barrel held with a tang bolt and two additional wood screws. A single lock bolt with a flat head retains the percussion lock, a feature typical of Tennessee longrifles.

Our long tangs are malleable. Bend one to match your stock's profile. Tangs may be shortened, shaped, or modified to accept a tang sight. Long tangs are commonly found on Tennessee and Southern Mountain rifles. Tang is about 6-5/8" long.

Cold bend the tang to to match your stock profile, after fitting this plug to your barrel. Always bend the tang before drilling the tang screw holes, or it may break while bending to shape.

The bottom view reveals a long iron toeplate which protects the stock during loading. The hand forged iron triggerguard is wide, mounted with screws at front and rear. The triggerguard has a chevron design, where the wrist joins the triggerguard bow. The initials RDR is stamped in block letters on the front tang of the triggerguard. The initials appear to be modern in origin. This triggerguard is very similar to our triggerguard, #TG-SM-1-I.

Triggerguard, #TG-SM-1-I, this style of Southern Mountain triggerguard is often decorated with a engraved 'V' pattern at the rear junction of the grip rail and bow. The triggerguard is shaped with a long tapered rear finial and curl at the end of the grip rail, common features with those found in Tennessee, the Carolinas, and the Virginias. The triggerguard has a overall length of 10-3/4". This guard has a very long bow to accommodate either our #TR-DST-1, TR-DST-4 with straight front trigger, or #TR-DST-6 with curled front trigger.

The ramrod entry pipe has no skirt and matches the other two forward ramrod rod pipes. Friction from the ramrod has worn a small hole in the thin metal of the ramrod entry pipe The entry pipe is sometimes omitted on Tennessee longrifles. This rifle is neatly finished with a ramrod entry pipe, toeplate, and muzzle cap. We include three forward pipes, toeplate, and muzzle cap with the suggested furniture.

This Tennessee rifle is fitted with a drum and nipple ignition. Like many original rifles the breech end of the barrel and the drum are pitted from the corrosive effects of the caps. The lock plate has some engraving which is barely visible behind the hammer. This original lock does not have a half cock notch.

Lock, #LOCK-SM-CL-RH, Siler's right hand Mountain percussion lock is a classic, circa 1830 - 1850 style, with rounded tail, and notched for our 1/2" powder drum. Based on Siler's best large internal lock parts, it is a reliable choice for a late percussion longrifle. Fitted with a internal fly on the tumbler, this lock can be used with double set triggers.

Lock, #LOCK-LR-300, L&R's H.E. Leman percussion lock is correct for late longrifles 1840 to 1880 era. Plate is finished bright in and out. Pre-cut for our standard 1/2 inch diameter drum, we recommend our Drum-8-5-F-L.


Powder drum, #DRUM-8-5-F-L, we now offer powder drums with a removable lug for installation. Not drilled for the nipple, use our #TOOL-DRUM, drum drilling jig to make this step easy. After the drum is installed, simply cut off the lug and the drum will appear just as those found on original percussion longrifles.

The original rifle was fitted with a single lever double set trigger. The trigger had to be set to allow the lock to be fired. We offer both double lever and single lever set triggers. Our #TR-DST-4, double lever, and #TR-DST-1, single lever, triggers are both excellent choices for this project.

#TR-DST-4 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 .400" wide. Wax cast steel parts are finished, tempered and assembled. We stock spare parts, in the unlikely event that any part will ever break. Overall length 5-3/8", bar .400" wide.

#TR-DST-1 The target style front trigger has no lever to engage the sear. The trigger must be set to fire the lock. Wax cast steel parts are tempered. We stock spare parts, in the unlikely event that any part will ever break. Overall length 5-1/4", bar .400" wide.

The sideplate is a simple piece of sheet metal, inlet flush with the stock. Make your own sideplate from sheet steel or choose one of our traditional style Tennessee sideplates to put on your scratch build rifle project.

Finished with minimal decoration typical of a Tennessee longrifle, this firearm does not have inlays, carving or engraving. Not every longrifle is a highly decorated work of art. This rifle is a fine example of a utilitarian tool built during the 1840 to 1850's.

The Bean style iron patchbox is retained by a single steel screw in the head. A large patchbox cavity is revealed by pulling the spring catch at the tail of the patchbox. The spring that lifts the patchbox lid is located just under the patchbox head. The bottom of the cavity still shows the point of the drill bit used to remove the majority of the wood. A chisel would then be used to remove the remaining wood between the drilled holes.

Patchbox, #PB-KIT-12-I, a Tennessee iron banana patchbox is correct for this style of rifle. This patchbox is copied from a rifle by J. G. Gross, Sullivan County, Tennessee. By simply trimming and rounding the bullet shaped ends, this patchbox can easily be shaped into a traditional Bean style. Patchbox door spring, and full installation instructions are included. Mount the patchbox with two 6 x 1/2" steel screws, if unaltered, or a single screw if modified to a Bean style. This patchbox is 7-1/4" overall length.

Gunsmithing Labor Options are a popular low cost method of speeding assembly. Our gunsmith can install the plug (#LABOR-BP) front and rear sights (2 #LABOR-DS), and underlugs (3 #LABOR-UL) 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-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: If you have never built a rifle from scratch we recommend the book Recreating the American Longrifle. 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.

#TOOL-DRUM: Use Track's drum drilling jig to install a percussion powder drum on your new rifle barrel, and be assured of perfect alignment. Using this drilling jig is very quick and easy. No file fitting is required to index the nipple to correctly engage the hammer. Never use a washer or shim under your powder drum. Install one of our drums and use this tool to locate and install the nipple threads. After your lock is correctly located, and fully inlet against the barrel's side flat, drill tap and install our undrilled powder drum. Tighten it snugly against the barrel. Lower the hammer on your lock, and draw a line across the face of the drum, showing the proper nipple angle. Remove the barrel and drum assembly from your stock. Slip this tool over the drum. Align it with the line on your drum. Tighten the locking screw, and insert the drill bushing. Using your hand drill and your #3 drill bit, drill a connecting hole into the powder drums center channel. Remove the drill, bushing, and insert our 1/4-28 plug tap. Using a tap handle and cutting oil, thread the hole to accept our #RST-A nipple. Finish with our bottom tap. Dismount the drill jig, and proof test your barrel and drum before use. Drill, taps, drum and nipple sold separately.

We also recommend our new catalog, which describes these individual 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.

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