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#551333 - 07/22/19 07:25 PM Re: Modern sights on original British sxs rifle [Re: pamtnman]
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Thanks, I'm just finishing up some restoration work which I am going to add to the website. A Webley 1902 falling block and a Fraser bolt gun.
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#552064 - 08/04/19 03:57 PM Re: Modern sights on original British sxs rifle [Re: pamtnman]
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While you are shopping for bright metal inlay for a sight leaf or for a front sight bead, consider the distinct possibility that the bright metal that is or was there is Fine Silver, basically pure (not alloyed) silver.

Fine Silver (unlike Sterling Silver) doesn't tarnish, and it is far more ductile than platinum and it takes a very bright polish. Also if it needs to be brazed (silver soldered - high temperature), for instance a bead on to a front sight blade, the metalsmith will be using silver alloy as a filler metal to make the joint. Brazing platinum is tricky and the material is susceptible to contamination in the brazing process.

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#553048 - 08/18/19 10:11 PM Re: Modern sights on original British sxs rifle [Re: Tinker]
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Originally Posted By: Tinker
While you are shopping for bright metal inlay for a sight leaf or for a front sight bead, consider the distinct possibility that the bright metal that is or was there is Fine Silver, basically pure (not alloyed) silver.

Fine Silver (unlike Sterling Silver) doesn't tarnish, and it is far more ductile than platinum and it takes a very bright polish. Also if it needs to be brazed (silver soldered - high temperature), for instance a bead on to a front sight blade, the metalsmith will be using silver alloy as a filler metal to make the joint. Brazing platinum is tricky and the material is susceptible to contamination in the brazing process.


Thank you, Tinker, I do appreciate your expertise on this. Most if not all of the barrel sights on British double rifles I own or have handled are platinum, whether a thin line or a bead, but I will definitely keep this in mind.
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