Build Track's Joseph Long flintlock longrifle parts set,
.40 or .45 caliber, 13/16" octagon barrel up to 42" long,
sand cast nickel silver furniture
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Joseph Long Snyder County, PA,
easy to assemble rifle kit,
36 or 42" octagon barrel,
sand cast nickel silver trim,
plain or fancy maple stock

Born in 1799, Joseph Long was a prolific maker in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, from 1832 until his death in 1872. Study the rifles of Joseph Long in the books The Kentucky Rifle and Me and The Kentucky Rifle, A True American Heritage in Pictures. Joseph Long often used a patchbox with a open "Q" finial, brass furniture, silver inlays, and incised carving behind the cheekpiece.

Order our Joesph Long, Snyder County PA longrifle kit, and use your imagination. Plain or fancy maple, simple or decorated, with double set triggers, 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 in traditional brass, or nickel silver furniture. We recommend plain maple, but apparently all published photos of Joseph Long rifles show curly maple stocks.

Track's fullstock Joseph Long stock will accept any 13/16" straight octagon barrel, to build a moderate weight rifle. We offer Colerain barrels for this rifle.

Colerain Barrel Company offers a select few calibers and octagon sizes in straight octagon barrels. Offered in .40, and .45, caliber straight octagon. The 42" long barrels are threaded 5/8-18 to accept the breech plug. Fitting and indexing will be required.

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 cut rifled, with fancy radius groove rifling geometry, in correct twist rates for round balls:
  • Cut rifled, with .012" to .016" deep grooves, depending on caliber.
  • 1 turn in 48" twist, in .40 caliber.
  • 1 turn in 56" twist, in .45 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.

Stocks, for our Joseph Long longrifle are left square ahead of the lock panels. Inlet for a 13/16" straight octagon 42" barrel, drilled for a 3/8" ramrod, this graceful late longrifle stock has a balustrade (rail-like) wrist. A small Siler lock is pre-inlet. Not inlet for trigger, so inlet your favorite double set trigger. An extra piece of maple, cut from the same blank, is included for testing stains and finishes. Pull is 13-3/4", drop is 3-3/4" from the line of sights. Buttplate end is 4-3/4 x 1-3/8", cut for our #BP-SPW-19 buttplate.

We offer a complete set of brass, or nickel silver sand cast furniture to fit this rifle. Furniture includes the buttplate, triggerguard, toeplate, forward and entry ramrod pipes, sideplate, ramrod, and ramrod tip. As cast, the sand castings need to have the casting gates removed by filing or grinding, and must be polished, then drilled for mounting screws, as needed.

Buttplate, Sand cast, medium width, for longrifles circa 1830-1870. Used on our Joseph Long parts set. Available in sand cast nickel silver. Overall length 4-1/4", width 1-1/4", comb 2-3/8".

Triggerguard, This very late longrifle triggerguard is typical of those used on Golden Age longrifles. The long bow accepts the double set trigger, which was popular during this period. Available in sand cast nickel silver only.

Siler flint lock, our #LOCK-SS-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 5/8" English gun flint, in our small 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.

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 1/4-32 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-1/4-32 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, patchboxes are often fitted on Snyder County, Pennsylvania longrifles. 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-3- S: Copied from a rifle made and signed by Jacob Stoudenour, 1795-1863. Shown in Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon & Somerset Counties. This patchbox can easily be shaped to resemble a Snyder County, longrifle patchbox. Springs and instructions are included. 7-1/2" overall length.

#PB-KIT- S: 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 hinge 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: 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 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.

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.

We also recommend our new catalog, which describes this kit in great detail, explains the options, 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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