Component Sets Faq

In order to help you understand our component sets, we present you with questions that we have received:

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What is the basis for you stock grading system?

Our system is simple:

If piece of wood has no curl is straight grain; Grade 1.

If few curls are present, but they are not uniform or consistent is a Grade 2 or Grade 3 (The more curls, the higher grade).

If a piece of wood begins to show irregular curl in 50% to 60% (or a little more) of the total area of the piece trough out the full length, whether is more intense in one side or in both sides is a Grade 4.

A Grade 5 is the most difficult to grade, but basically one judgment that we often use is: if it is too good for a grade 4 because it offers abundant curl, considering uniformity and presence trough out both sides of the stock, yet the uniformity of the curl is not consistent to grade a stock as Grade 6... then it is just a Grade 5.

A Grade 6 offers the gun builder a piece of wood that begins to show a good balance of curl full length and in both sides, however, the level of boldness for the curls themselves is not superior.

A Grade 7 is a stock that gives you a sure bet and offers different levels within. Once it reaches the grade 7 level, the price is determined by the uniqueness of the figure/curl, grain alignment and boldness presentation of the figure.

Does a grade 4 include any curl?

Yes, curl will be present but intensity and uniformity may vary.

Not sure if I read the information right, but does the stock come inlet for anything other than the barrel and lock?

Isaac Haines Component set with 38" long barrel, stock is carved in the upper 90% level. Butt-plate is carved, butt-stock area is carved, cheek piece is carved, wrist is carved, lock mortise is carved, octagon swamped barrel channel is carved, ramrod hole is drilled, forearm is carved/shaped on the outside. Note, side plate is inletted only in the right hand models. Isaac Haines left hand model is provided without side plate or side plate inlet.

Isaac Haines with 42" and 44" barrels, stock is carved at the 80% level. This means that the stock is carved like the 38" long barrel stock, except: Forearm is provided square form forward of the lock mortise. See picture attached (IsaacHaines Grade 4-42 Barrel)

Jaeger Rifle is carved at the 80% level. Forearm is provided square form forward of the lock mortise.

Edward Marshall Rifle is carved at the 80% level. Forearm is provided square form forward of the lock mortise. Lock mortise cavity is carved for a Davis' flint lock. If you are planning on using Chamber's Germanic lock, stock would be provided without lock mortise.

Is it possible to get a kit that is not inlet for the butt and trigger?

Yes, it is possible to provide a stock that it is not inletted for the butt-plate, however, if your intentions is to increase the LOP then I need to know because there must be extra wood in the area of the cheek piece to correct the location of the cheek piece. Or do you mean... butt area not carved at all? We can ommit carving for the butt-plate. Trigger inlet can also be omitted.

I have a quick question re: I.H. sets; I know they come with the large Siler locks. Is it possible to get a different lock for the set and still have the lock mortise inlet like you do for the Siler?

Yes, our Isaac Haines model comes standard with the lock mortise inletted for the Large Siler lock. If a customer desires to use a different lock, the only way to help is by no inletting the lock mortise. Then, customer would inlet by hand the cavity for the lock.

What is the difference in the weights for your components?

We offer the Isaac Haines in three profiles: "A" "B" "C" profiles, with three barrel lengths. 38", 42", 44"

The difference on the profiles is the size of the flats on the surface of the octagon swamped barrel. The "A" sports the smallest size and the "C" the biggest size. Therefore, "A" weight will be your lightest weight, "B" your intermediate and "C" the heaviest. This difference is accentuated with the chosen caliber. Hence, your "C" weight .54 is very similar to the .50 "B".

Now, in terms of the length, the 38" component set is being provided with the most carving, at 90% carved, the 42" and 44", unlike the 38", stock is provided with forearm square on the outside from the area forward of the lock mortise all the way to the muzzle. There is no difference in price among the weights, calibers or barrel lengths. The price difference is determined by the grade of the piece of wood and by your selection in hardware (furniture) between iron or brass.

Are any specialized tools other than carving chisels, a drill and drill press, screw drivers, sanding materials, etc. required? For example, should I be prepared to remove the breach plug or something of that ilk?

As per tools, you need a bench vise, drill press with good metal drill bits, metal and wood files, screw driver, carving chisels, and yes be prepare to unplug the breech and put it back. You need to drill and tap for the vent. (Vent and tap tool not included).

Do you include or sell a metal patch box?


Do you offer, or have ever provided the Isaac Haines in walnut or cherry?

Yes, we have provided the stock in figured cherry, American black walnut, and English walnut. These orders are custom orders and require a deposit.

I have a thick plank of curly maple that I cut from my property, can you carve an Isaac Haines and sell me the parts?

Yes, we can help. However, we reserve the right to use your piece of wood once we have it in our hands. If we use your piece of wood, we will not be responsible if the wood moves while carving or upon carving completion.