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Old April 10, 2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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I could go to the gunsmithing section for this...

...but I am much more at ease with you guys.

It is time I do some silver soldering and I need some info.

What alloy solder do you use?

What source of heat do you use?

The application is a brass frame and a steel arbor for example.

I am good with soldering electronic components with an iron, and copper tubing with a propane torch. I can braise with an acetylene torch. But I never did any silver soldering.
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Old April 10, 2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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NOT an expert, but silver soldering is more like brazing than soldering. Different alloys require different fluxes. Parts should be a tight mechanical fit, silver solder is not gap filling. Google is your friend.
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Old April 11, 2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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Thanks DRM.

I see several different alloys of the solder and am still wondering what the smart guys are using for the application I am speaking of.

Perhaps it does not matter.
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Old April 11, 2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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Doc, I'm no expert on silver soldering but it sounds like you're wanting to solder an arbor back in place. Silver solder is so much softer than brass I doubt it holding up if that's the case.
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Old April 11, 2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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Hawg,

Yes an arbor.

And yes I am concerned too about the strength of the finished project.

Another thing I want to try is soldering a replacement recoil shield ring onto a Colt frame.

Mostly these projects are just experiments to build my skill.
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