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Flash Hole Liner Installation: 

Installing a flashliner into a barrel requires a determination of where the flash pan positioned, the end of the breech plug in the barrel and the width of the barrel flat. 

If the lock is positioned forward slightly, then the flashliner will be just ahead of the breech plug. To find out where the face of the breech plug is, drop a rod down the barrel and then mark on the side of the dowel where the end of the barrel is. Then remove the dowel and lay it along the outside of the barrel and align the mark with the end of the barrel. The other end of the dowel will indicate where the face of the breech plug is.  In the example below, the breech plug face is even with the location of the flashliner hole I want to put in. This puts the hole center of the pan, yet slightly above the pan. 

Important!! At this point Remove the Breech Plug From The Barrel

Once I determine where the center of the hole will be on the barrel, I center punch it and drill the hole. In this case, I'm installing a "White Lightning" 5/16" X 18 flash liner. This requires a letter I drill bit.  Initially I drill the hole with a slightly smaller drill bit and then I use the "I" drill bit. This ensures the hole is the exact sized hole I need. Breech Plug Exposed.jpg (70554 bytes)(NOTE: Click on the photos to enlarge. They will open up in a new window for you convenience. Then close out the window when you are done.)

After the hole is drilled to size, reinstall the breech plug to see where it will shine thru the hole you just drilled. Using a marker, I mark the breech plug.





Breech Plug Marked .jpg (27028 bytes)Then I remove the breech plug. Here I draw out lines to shape a triangle of the cone I want to file into the face of the breech plug. This will guide the powder directly into the flashliner when I load my gun.  This will also direct ignition to be directed toward the center of the breech plug face, too. 



Breech Plug Coned .jpg (42191 bytes)

With my round files, I center the cone in the face of the breech plug. 

Then I reinstall the breech plug and check to ensure enough of the cone matches the hole in the side of the barrel. Don't remove too much. Try and fit. This may take a few tries. 

When satisfied, remove the breech plug from the barrel and set aside.



Tapping Barrel.jpg (57008 bytes)Next I tap the hole in the barrel. Run the tap all the way into the barrel.





Threaded Hole In Barrel.jpg (62837 bytes)

Use a small brush to remove any metal debris from the areas. With your countersink put a very light countersink around the outside edge of the barrel. This will allow the flash liner to seat properly against the barrel. 





Vise Grips.jpg (56905 bytes)Screw the flashliner into the barrel and finish with a pair of Vise Grips to get the liner snug into the hole.




Cutting The Flashliner.jpg (61847 bytes)

Once the liner is tightly screwed into the hole, take your hacksaw and cut the end of the flashliner off at the groove that passes around the perimeter of the liner. 

Once the end of the outer end of the flashliner is cut off, file the remainder of the flashliner carefully down to the flat of the barrel. Remember, this is the flat you already inlet your lock down to already, so don't remove too much of your barrel face here.


Liner Flush.jpg (54555 bytes)Now look inside the breech end of the barrel to see if the inside of the liner is exposed. In this case, the liner was shorter than the thickness of this barrel, and does not protrude into the barrel.  If the flashliner does stick up into the barrel. use a round file and carefully file the liner flush to the inside of the barrel. Note: Be careful not to damage the breech plug threads.

If necessary, before putting the breech plug back in, use a bottoming tap and rethread the breech plug again. Use the brush to keep the threads clean of metal debris.

Flashliner Installation Complete .jpg (53293 bytes)

When finished, your flashliner hole should look like this.


Question submitted by visitor; Thomas Curran

When you install the plug, it should contact the bore and the end face of
the barrel. The plug face actually seals off the bore. You show when
installing the liner you are notching the face of the plug. This voids
that seal also will allow residue to get into the threads. I think this a is
perfectly safe installation, but how do you handle the threads full of
residue? Antiseize?

To answer your question: 

Yes, the plug contacts the bore and the end face of the barrel. The plug face actually seals off the bore and the remaining
number of  threads do the same.  I split the end of the flash liner along the edge of the plug. This results in only about an 1/8" depth of cone on
the face of the plug.

Bookie and I have done this to numerous guns and have seen to have no effect on being able to remove the plug from the barrel, nor a breech of the seal
interface of the plug and the barrel. I apply a very thin covering of axle grease to the threads when the plug is screwed finally into the barrel. The
plug removes easily later if needed.



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