Picture of Building a Tennessee Longrifle
My recollections of building a Tennesse Flintlock Longrifle.

for more information CLICK HERE:  http://jimmar.hubpages.com/_3v4wkz561vqja/hub/Building-a-Muzzle-Loading-Rifle-The-Basics

info on using loading and firing : http://jimmar.hubpages.com/hub/Loading-and-Firing-a-Flintlock
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Step 1: The choice: What should I build?

Picture of The choice: What should I build?
I first built a Jaeger longrifle. It was ugly, so ugly it was kind of beautiful. It was a longrifle design brought to the US during the revolutionary war by the Hessians.

This time I built a Tennessee Mountain long Rifle in .50 caliber. It has a 42 inch barrel and a Tiger maple stock with iron hardware. It is NOT a piece of art.

Step 2: Now that you've found a style you like, what's next?

Picture of Now that you've found a style you like, what's next?
You could reasearch the longrifle and scour through catalogs looking for parts to purchase individually or you could purchase a kitted longrifle from one of several suppiers

I spent about $600 on parts for my rifle. I would also recommend purchasing a book to guide you through the build such as "The Art of Building the Pennsylvania LongRifle".

Step 3: A little terminology:

Picture of A little terminology:
A lock is the mechanism that has a hammer (or cock) holding a flint in a half wrap of leather, which which stikes the hardened frizzen when the trigger is pulled, scraping hot metallic sparks into fine grained priming powder in the pan which ignites (eventually) sending flame through the touch hole in the barrel to the main powder charge. The charge burns creating a gas which expands in volume propelling the patched round ball through the barrel with a twisting motion imparted by the lands and groves in the rifled barrel.

Step 4: Some advise on components:

Lock: Purchase the best(period correct for the rifle style) lock you can afford. It will affect the performance of the longrifle more than any other component.

Barrel: Most barrels are rifled with a 1 in 66 twist. This means the ball will twist one complete revolution for every 66 inches it travels. This is best for stabilizing the flight of a patch round ball.

Trigger: A trigger can be of different varieties.

Stock: Most wood is either Maple, Walnut or Cherry. Walnut is nice and preferred for some styles. Cherry is used but less frequently. Maple can be purchased with many levels of figure in the grain.
triumphman2 years ago
These come in kits too. Show me your workshop, tools, etc.. Some steps of raw wood, carving inletting staining, sanding.. You need to show your work. Looks like you just went out and bought it. ???
jimmar57 (author)  triumphman2 years ago
This was a scratch build not a kit. Yes you are right about showing my work. Unfortunately I built this several years ago, and it never occurred to me to keep a photographic record of the project. Wish I would have. So I did the best I could to describe the build with photos of the completed rifle.
Really ?
Step two pictures are not your rifle, right ?
jimmar57 (author)  triumphman2 years ago
dougbyte2 years ago
Fantastic job. I love the long rifles, though I have yet to own a flinter. I did build a Hawken, in .50 and made meat many times. Bear and deer. During my research I found an old timer recipe for a stock finish that made my smoke pole shine. Soak a plug of chewing tobacco in a jar of Ammonia for about 6 weeks. Strain the tobacco flakes out, and apply the liquid with a soft cloth. Experiment sometime and see what you think. BTW I really enjoyed the canoe instructable also. Thanks for the postings.