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Elk horn grips

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I’ve had a couple sets of elk horn grips for several years. They were always a little blocky for my grip. I filed and sanded them to where the panels are nice and slim and fit  the gun and my hands well. In the process I had to remove almost all of the bark and the grips look more like bone now than stag. They are really white. What’s the best recommendation for darkening them a bit. I’ve heard soaking them in tea would work. 

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Call Patrick Grashorn  Patrick (307) 256-3495  He is THE Elk horn expert.

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I have also heard that soaking in strong, hot tea would give a nice color to bone and antler pistol grips (and to knife handles)..  I tried it, and it does work.

 

The problem for me was, “How long should I soak them?”  So, my advice, if you DON’T seek wiser council, is to do it a bit at a time.  The antler or bongyy has pores, which will open a bit to accept the tea, then dry:  if too light, try again until you have the shade you like.

 

Another thought is to leave them as-is and let them age on their own.

 

CB 

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The oil from the palm of your hand works wonders.  Shoot them!

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