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Old 04-03-2017, 11:55 AM
nflknives nflknives is offline
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brass butt cap

if i drill a piece of brass and solder a piece of 3/16 brass rod into in and epoxy that into the antler will that work for capping the end of the antler handle and then sand it down to the form of the antler? My son wanted one like this but i have never done a butt plate.
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:43 PM
dtec1 dtec1 is offline
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I have never done it that way. The best way to do it is make it a hidden tang and get a piece of threaded rod (can be found at any hardware store) Cut a slot in the end of the hidden tang big enough to "seat" the threaded rod....braze that rod to the tang. Then you drill a hole into the brass end cap and tap it with the same size thread as the rod. Then you just cut the rod to size (measure twice cut once...ii have made that mistake and it sucks!...put the rod through the antler epoxy it in there with a lil bit of the rod sticking out the end and simply screw the brass end cap on....I don't know the facts behind it but for me brazing is a whole lot stronger than anything I have soldered and its very simple to do all ya need is a good brazing rod and a torch
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:25 PM
jimmontg jimmontg is offline
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How thick is the butt cap? If it's 3/16 or thicker I drill a partial hole about 3/4 through the brass and tap it 1/4-20 with a bottom tap and then solder the screw in. I then drill a hole in the antler and tap it, then fill with epoxy and screw the butt plate on. You can also take a matching brass screw and go all the way through the butt plate as well if it's only 1/8" thick and no solder needed just use superglue or loctite on the threads. The strongest method if you can't solder a long screw to the tang. I have tapped wood and antlers and it works well with epoxy.

I always use brass screws in case I have to drill all the way through like the 3/16 is too thin to hold a screw unless it goes all the way through or is soldered. If you have 10-24 or 10-32 brass screws that fine too. Use a 7/32 drill bit for tapping 1/4-20 and 5/32 for 10-24, unless you have set of number drills, but those are close enough.

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