Build Track's Joesph Long percussion longrifle parts set,
.40 or .45 caliber, 13/16" octagon up to 42" barrel,
traditional brass, or nickel silver
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Joseph Long Snyder County, PA,
easy to assemble rifle kit,
36 or 42" octagon barrel,
traditional brass, or 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, Pennsylvania percussion 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 both Green Mountain and Colerain barrels for this rifle.

Green Mountain barrels are 13/16" octagon, in 36" or 42" length, threaded for a breech plug, in .40 or .45 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 48 inches for .40 caliber.
  • Twist is 1 turn in 60 inches for .45 caliber.


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 yellow brass or 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 many Golden Age longrifles. The long bow accepts the double set trigger, which was popular during this period. Available in sand cast yellow brass or nickel silver only.

Lock, #LOCK-SS-CL-RH, ideal for a percussion longrifle, this Germanic style lock has the long pointed tail, raised lock plate with chamfered edges, and filed molding across the tail, styles used during the 1750 - 1780 flint lock era. Originally designed as a flint lock, many longrifles were converted to percussion during the 1825 - 1845 era.

Siler's small cap lock is designed to fit any 13/16" octagon barrel, and uses a 7/16" diameter powder drum.

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.

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 or I: Wax cast steel, our kit is modeled after an original used by Jacob Dickert and many other famous original longrifle makers. This simple, clever, reliable latch mechanism is the choice of today's best longrifle builders, used on fine longrifles. Made in the U.S.A., from wax cast spring steel, this is an expensive and well thought out patchbox release spring and latch kit, that will serve you well.

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 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-S 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 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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