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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2018, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Stretching a cows knee?

Is there a way to safely stretch a cows knee? The pinnacle or very tip just won't CLEAR the screw that holds my flint in place. I would say its a skosh that it needs. I know these things when used flop off ever so smooth. Its almost like the whole thing needs stretched a little or a marble or something needs put in the top for that extra little bit...am I onto something here?
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Well,what did you figure out with it ?

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Is it too tight when trying to remove it for shooting? Or just too tight to get on and secure?

Also, for the record, I've been shooting flintlock for many years and this is the first time I've heard the lock cover referred to as a cow's knee. I actually had to Google cow's knee to see what you were talking about.
I see that it's a common term. Who'd have thunk?
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Nothing yet. At this point, I'm going to go without it, pending how ugly weather is here around I'll just have to deal with it. I think if I had a jaw screw with a smaller head it might work. It's just too late in the game to mess with it because if I muck something up I won't be doing any hunting.
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I've seen some suggestions of hanging a weight from it to stretchit..marble or ball bearing rounding out the top better..a combo of both...the leather is butter soft so I'm reluctant to use anything on it and it gets stiff.
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Make another one out of some scrap leather.
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I've seen some suggestions of hanging a weight from it to stretchit..marble or ball bearing rounding out the top better..a combo of both...the leather is butter soft so I'm reluctant to use anything on it and it gets stiff.
wet it down, and stretch it out, then let it dry. you can always soften it after it dries.
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How would you soften it again? I've had leather gloves that once wet become hard and ruined
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Neets foot oil to soften leather .
If it is split leather or suade and you try to stretch it it will rip !

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sno-seal works well, heat with a hair dryer to melt it in.
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