View Full Version : Flintlock Rifles

04-07-2003, 02:44 PM
Hey Fellas, I'm very interested in making flintlock rifles from scratch. Been Machining about 27 years, can handle that part. Anyone with knowledge about the action? How about the Guy Lautard video on barrel making? Thanks for all replies

04-07-2003, 05:37 PM
Last time I checked (a while ago) Brownell's www.brownells.com (http://www.brownells.com) had some books on scratch-built flintlocks.

04-07-2003, 08:21 PM
The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association publishes a magazine, "Muzzle Blasts", That contains ads for several different books on the subject. Also, Dixie Gunworks has a catalog that lists some books and they also carry a complete line of parts.

Cold Rolled
04-08-2003, 11:27 AM
I know I have a book on how to make the lock of a flintlock but I cannot find it.
I would highly recommend Dixie guns works. I do not work for them but I just sent them another $140 the other day. Great products, good people to deal with.
Check out item# BO0771 How to Build the Antique Rifling Machine Book
And item # BO1289 Antique Flintlock and Percussion Pistol Patterns Book
Item # BK2051 The Modern Kentucky Rifle: How To Build Your Own
Item #BO1589 Tubes and Tools- Barrel, Barrel Work: the Workshop and Tools - A Guncraftsmanship Manual Book
And definitely item # BO1608 Hand Rifling A Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrel At Home Book
I have item # BO1386 Black Powder Hobby Gunsmith book, it has a good overview and some good specific information.

Be safe. Test shoot your finished gun with a string far away from your head and fingers.
Have fun but watch out it is addictive.

Here are some links.
www.muzzmag.com (http://www.muzzmag.com)
www.dixiegunworks.com (http://www.dixiegunworks.com)
www.blackpowdernet.com (http://www.blackpowdernet.com) I have not been to this site but I think it is good.
www.muzzleloadermag.com (http://www.muzzleloadermag.com)
www.muzzleblasts.com (http://www.muzzleblasts.com)

04-08-2003, 02:12 PM
try getting a copy of "Recreating the American Longrifle" by Wm. Buchele and G. Shumway.

It covers the entire process and by itself can be used to make a creditable black powder rifle. Good pics, clear explanations.

I bought my copy from Dixie Gun Works several years ago but have no idea if they still have it available.

04-08-2003, 09:27 PM
I would recomend "Quest for the Indian trade gun"I tink Lindsay has it.

04-08-2003, 09:54 PM
If you can find it,the first Foxfire book had an article on gunmaking.These books were written by students about the old ways of doing things in the southern mountains.It's has a lot of other info about simple living in the mountians.Wish I had time to tackle a project like this.Good luck,Robert.

05-21-2003, 11:39 PM
Look up "Track of the Wolfe" on the internet. Most of what you will need/want.

www.trackofthewolf.com/ (http://www.trackofthewolf.com/)


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Mark Hubler
05-30-2003, 04:38 AM
Hershel House has a fine series of tapes on Blacksmithing and making flintlock rifles. Here is a link:


Al Messer
06-01-2003, 09:27 PM
There used to be a man in Candler, North Carolina who made very high quality flint locks. At one time, he advertised in "Muzzle Blasts" magazine.

02-13-2005, 03:23 PM
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02-14-2005, 09:59 AM
Here's another



02-16-2005, 05:05 PM
I would be very carefull with http://www.therifleshoppe.com/ They are know to be VERY SLOW on getting things out of there. Peter Alexsander? has one of the best books out right now. Then Wm. Buchele and G. Shumway book. I own most that I can find

02-16-2005, 05:09 PM
Forgot to Guys Vidio is fairly good. Very dry. I have trouble staying awake for it.It is on the Web machine.

02-17-2005, 08:22 AM
David/toledo, I agree with what you say about the rifle shop. Very slow.

The only reason I suggested them was that they did go to the effort to match up what seemed to be a very obscure part. They had to modify and have recast a part no one else had. And yes it took about three months. Interesting but pricey catalog however.

02-18-2005, 11:24 PM
You was lucky I have heard of cases of very two years or still waiting. Yes there cataloge is great.

03-11-2005, 04:00 PM
>try getting a copy of "Recreating the American Longrifle" by Wm. Buchele and G. Shumway.<

I agree. One of my favorite books, and a very entertaining read.

I also have the Foxfire book which is good. While neither is a How-To on replicating flintlocks using moder machine tools, you need the historical background these books cover.