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    Post by thornwarbler Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:45 am

    Hello all i have heard of antler being used for a crossbow nut, as i have a fair bit of buffalo horn i was wondering what your veiws on this as a possible alternative. Your input would be appreciated........Thorn
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    Post by 8fingers Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:39 pm

    I saw a crossbow with a nut made of what appeared to be horn. It belonged to a very accomplished hunter. I think the white nuts - antler or ivory can cause glare that interfere with effective aiming. Horn is several times denser than wood. I think if the fingers of the nut are reinforced like an antler nut it should do just fine. I think it would look terrific.
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    Post by Geezer Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:51 pm

    Geezer here: Concerning use of buffalo-horn for roller-nuts. I tried that years ago. It's quite strong, but unfortunately, the stuff is laminated, laid down in many layers. The layers flake off on the edges... particularly on the upper corners of the lugs and at the back edge of the flat. If you can find a way to stabilize the flaking, it should work out pretty well. Otherwise, you might be better off simply staining the bone rollers so they aren't so white. Personally I suspect hunters making an effort to work from downwind and being careful to maintain silence will get more game than worrying about a bit of white on the roller-nut.
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    Post by 8fingers Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:31 am

    I was reminded of a treatment used to stabilize minerals like cats eye and star sapphire. It is a glue that has a viscosity that is very low and seeps into tiny cracks in the mineral. I don't remember brand names and not near any rock shops. I think if this glue can stand up to grinding an polishing it might stand up to use that nuts go through.

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