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Soldering a sight on ???

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by saands, May 21, 2004.

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  1. saands

    saands Member

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    I am planning on shortening a mil-surp rifle barrel and I will need to move the front sight back a few inches as a result. Are these sights typically low temp soldered or silver soldered on? I have silver solder, but I'm a little concerned with heating the barrel up hot enough to get 1,100 degree solder to flow. Is this a common practice? Or should I go get some lead-tin solder and use that?

    Thanks,

    Saands
     
  2. Clemson

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    They are typically mounted with low temperature solder. I like Brownells "Hi-Force 44" solder for gun work.

    Clemson
     
  3. Sunray

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    Take the finish off the metal first, including bluing, or the silver solder won't stick. Bare metal only. Last time I did it, I used a propane torch with no fuss or bother.
     
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