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Old February 7th, 2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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I observed that the standard USGI buttplate is made of two different metals. After breaking apart a junked buttplate from the CMP, I noticed the outer part that folds is almost twice as heavy as the base part that screws onto the stock. The base also does not attract a magnet. So what is the base made of, and how it it finished?

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I observed that the standard USGI buttplate is made of two different metals. After breaking apart a junked buttplate from the CMP, I noticed the outer part that folds is almost twice as heavy as the base part that screws onto the stock. The base also does not attract a magnet. So what is the base made of, and how it it finished?

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That fold down portion is steel and appears to weigh about a half pound or better. The rest is cast aluminum. As I really don't use it as a aid to shooting, I've removed that portion from my Bush rifle to save weight. dozier

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The aluminum butt blat portion is anodized although some may be painted over. Keep in mind that removing the folding steel shoulder rest would be disallowed in service rifle competition, in NRA/CMP rules, as an external modification.

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