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Apologies up front for the stream of consciousness thread. Trying to think through tacking problems I may encounter when dealing with bone grips.

So I got over my apprehension over buying and maintaining a set of bone grips and picked up a set of giraffe bone from nutmeg sports. The intention is to use them on an heirloom/presentation 1911 build that I'm currently collection parts for.

At worst, I might have to modify the grips slightly to fit flush with the bottom of the fame/magwell, and maybe alter the radius around the mag release.

I've messed with G10 with decent results, but have ever worked with bone before. Seems like bone would be more brittle so in the event that I have make small modifications, is it something I can do myself or is it better to leave it to someone with more experience?

I've seen some pictures of wood grips (Challis maybe?) that appear to have a thin rubber or polymer backing. Am I seeing things correctly? Could adding this kind of backing help to extend the life of the grips or prevent cracking? Would adding a backing make soaking the bone in oil more problematic?

I'm also considering having medallions added. When soaking the grips in oil during maintenance, will having medallions cause any issues?
 

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Crazy stuff perhaps?
I think I've heard of bacterial hazards in working with bone.
Virii and things a lurking, looking for some nice pink human lungs to live in.

In the case of ancient relics, like mastodon penis, we modern **** sapiens may have zero immunological defense.
Wear a mask, clean up carefully.
Do Not make a tea with the leftover dust.
 

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Crazy stuff perhaps?
I think I've heard of bacterial hazards in working with bone.
Virii and things a lurking, looking for some nice pink human lungs to live in.

In the case of ancient relics, like mastodon penis, we modern **** sapiens may have zero immunological defense.
Wear a mask, clean up carefully.
Do Not make a tea with the leftover dust.
Are you into the scotch already ??
 
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Bone is HARD, use a hand file, I coat mine in TRU oil, use Challis bushings and O rings......good to go



 

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Also be prepared for the "olfactory experience" that working with bone also affords.

The aromatic aura is akin to sitting in a dental chair getting multiple root canals done, only on steroids . . . . .
 

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Also be prepared for the "olfactory experience" that working with bone also affords.

The aromatic aura is akin to sitting in a dental chair getting multiple root canals done, only on steroids . . . . .
Fritos! :eek:
 

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Thanks for the responses. Sill interested to hear if there is a company doing backings, and if there are and vantages or disadvantaged to it?

The viral thing makes sense and seeing the picture of the dogs with the bone reminded me that the reason the wife and I don’t normally give our dogs bones is because of the smell.

I might end up picking up a dried bone to file on or mess with to get an idea of how the material reacts to files and polishing
 
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