View Full Version : Soft solder for shotgun rib, why not for Brown mag-well?

December 22, 2002, 12:24 AM
Are the stresses at the bottom of a handgun frame so much worse than on a shotgun barrel?

Also, can the soft solders (are we talking Brownell's Hi-Force?) be blacked adequately?

December 22, 2002, 01:41 AM
It's not a matter of stress, it's a matter of bonding area. Soft solder needs enough area to get a strong bond with. Shotgun ribs are wide enough and long enough that soft solder will hold just fine. In fact, some ribs are glued on with epoxy or Loc-Tite-type bonders.

The magwell butts against the bottom of the frame, and this just isn't enough area to hold very well. You could try it, but the recoil or a good bump will probably knock it loose.

In my experience, solder blackening agents work only on small touch up jobs, and not too great then.

December 22, 2002, 01:47 PM
Ah now this makes sense. Thank you!