The design of this kit is somewhat based on the work of Joseph Whitson from Western North Carolina. Completed rifle photos are of original work by Whitson.
A perfect project for those interested in a fine squirrel rifle!
$1050 Base Price Muzzleloader Kit Compontents
Barrel | 32, 36, 40 and 45 caliber
Rice "A Weight" "Golden Age" 46" swamped barrel. 32, 36, 40 (all have 1/48 twist) and 45 caliber (1/66 twist) available. The breech plug comes fit and installed. Dovetails are cut and the surface is finely milled as seen in photos (but will need to be draw filed to attain finished surface).
Lock | Jim Chambers' Late Ketland flintlocks
From Chambers' website: "By 1800 the style of lock being produced by the Ketlands had changed to this later form. This style was commonly imported and used in virtually all areas of the country involved in producing guns. This lock incorporates a roller on the frizzen spring and uses the time-tested and proven internal parts from the large Siler lock. This lock is fast, reliable and easy on flints."
Jim will match and fit your set trigger to your lock to ease assembly. The lock represents $200 of the $1050 kit price.
Touch Hole Liner | White Lightning
It's drilled and tapped for the touch hole liner, and it comes with a White Lightning liner, but it will need installed. These work well and provide for really fast ignition.
They are available in stainless or carbon steel. The stainless last longer but do not color or patina like carbon steel.
Stainless is standard, but if you would like carbon, please make a note when you order. There is no price difference.
Drop | Approximately 3 5/8"
Rifle Pull | 13.75"
Complete Rifle Weights |
Approximately 7 lb 6 oz in 32 caliber, 7 lb 3 oz in 36 caliber, slightly under 7 lbs in 40 caliber and 6 lb 10 oz in 45 caliber
Mountings | Custom made cast steel mountings
Double Set Trigger | Designed and made by Jim
A lot of care has gone into the design and there are very close tolerances in production. It was custom made for this Southern Mountain Rifle Kit by Jim and is a traditional mountain rifle design.
Inlets and Pre-Drilled Holes |
All parts are very closely inlet. Very little work will be needed to fit the parts. The surfaces are pretty close to final form as well.
Stock | Walnut, Cherry, or Maple with Upgrades Available
Standard grade maple stocks will have some figure, good hardness and reasonable grain flow. Walnut stocks will be selected for hardness, color and grain flow. A $100 and $225 stock wood upgrade is available for fancy and extra fancy maple. Please contact us for price and availability of fancy walnut or cherry.
Customer Supplied Stock | deduct $60 from $1050 kit price
If a customer desires to supply his or her own stock blank, they may do so. I would need a blank at least 63" long and 2" thick and 7" wide. The shape of most typical blanks should accommodate this stock.
We ask that a customer interested in this mail a stock blank to our shop. The address can be written directly on the wood.
PO Box 293
Hanoverton OH 44423