I recently got in my first American Buffalo, I had no issues caping the animal as I have done several horned animals already. I wanted to place the horns in a bucket of water to soak so I could core them but they are very flaky. I tried it for a half day and the outer part of the horn wants to flake off. I pulled them out and they are drying now and I will be able to save them but am stumped on which direction to go. As I look for the proper form I noticed that you don't use the skull plate on a buffalo just the horns, is that correct? I thought about drilling out the core, but I'm afraid anything I do will destroy the horns, please any thoughts on the matter. I've read all though the archives and not feeling I have a grip on this.