We have gotten in a Moose for a lifesize mount and I have a question about the antler pegs sold by McKenzie. Will these strong enough for removeable antlers it has a 56 inch spread. Or what would you use?
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These are machined pegs, no flimsy square tubing and they're close tolerant so that they fit without any slop. They'll handle anything you can give them.
I have found out through trial and error here in my shop that stainless steel rods work best. We use two rods per antler on our larger antlered mammals. We use a 1/2 inch and a 3/8 inch stainless steel rod. You drill these two holes from underneath the skull plate into each antler. Drill as far as you can without exiting the main beam on the antler. Then drill a 1/8 inch key hole on the top back side of the antler burr for about 2 inches. This goes down into the skull plate.
Then cut the antler off smoothly just beneath the burr and you will find out that this method will align up perfectly and when you put the 3/8 inch rod into the key hole it is very secure. It will not rust and it is very easy to take off.