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Just got this stacked leather Western and it's pretty loose. I tried soaking it in honing oil and no luck.i washed it in water and it still didn't swell up at all.it does not have the tang nut you can tighten. Any thoughts?

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Try tightening the tang nut. If you doesn't get any tighter due to bottoming out on the threaded tang, then you may be missing a Leather washer or spacer.  Take some pics, post your work. I love seeing progress pics.

Hi brad! That's the problem. The tang nut really can't be tightened. Almost looks pounded on? It's ground smooth too.
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John, a picture of the problem might really help. If you are on a device with a cursor, hover over the pic(next to the word link) and see if you can't post a picture or two. On some other device you might just have to tap it and it should open a spot where you keep your pics. 

John w schmidt said:

Hi brad! That's the problem. The tang nut really can't be tightened. Almost looks pounded on? It's ground smooth too.
Thanks Steve,I think it's there if you tap the image jpg
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Ok I see it!

http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/2770441600?profile=original

That sure does look ground or rubbed right off.


what to do?
Steve Hanner said:

That sure does look ground or rubbed right off.

You may have to drill to get that off but lets see what some other folks recommend. I have never had one in that condition, but its all I know to do.

John w schmidt said:


what to do?
Steve Hanner said:

That sure does look ground or rubbed right off.

Drill 2 small holes in the brass nut on opposite sides of the tang. Then insert 2 snug fitting hardened steel rods into the holes, those tiny drill bits should work. Use those rods to turn that nut. I would try that before anything more aggressive.

That makes sense Brad and drilling into copper is no big deal, trick will be to get it centered and straight....well that would probably be my problem :)

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