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muzzlecap

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Regarding horn buttplates, I have shotguns that have horn buttplates and trigger guards that have stood up to 100 to 130 years of use. They can last a long time providing worms don't get to them.
 

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Some antler is dry and crumbly (Moose) some is very opaque and buffs well. I picked up antler cheap over the years and had some sort of spatulated antler that when sanded and buffed looked like a combination between ivory and tortoise shell. Really rich looking. There was a fellow I would see at Craft shows that made small boxes, pill boxes etc and rings from antler and exotic woods. Extremely fancy. Some used the natural finish of the antler and some were turned and highly polished with fancy inlays. He had a deal with several deer and elk farmers to buy antler and was fussy about what kinds he bought because he said some was unfit to work with. I have a moose antler and it is indeed chalky and crumbly. I have some caribou and fallow deer and well as White tail. It has different properties for use in places that might wear. In addition, that pithy part may need to be stabilized. There is a special stabilizer available and requires a pressurized pot to work. For small jobs some folks just let CA glue soak in and dry.
 

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But did they do it for bling or did they do it because they broke a part and didn't have the metal for the repair?
If you are referring to my comment regarding horn buttplates and trigger guards being used on vintage/antique shotguns, and other guns, it was intentional, particularly on European guns. I think a fancy polished horn trigger guard and nicely checkered horn buttplate adds a certain appeal to a gun. Of course that is a personal taste but the point is horn was used on guns over a century ago and is still around.
 

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I built a poorboy once with a piece of antler at the top of the butt and a toeplate. Much easier than installing a butt plate, it protected the butt and looked sharp.
 

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Do you have any pictures of it? I would like to see what a little bone would look like on a long rifle, a SMR, rather than an English shotgun.
I'm sure the guns Muzzlecap is referring to would be cool to look over.........but I don't build shotguns.
 

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