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Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

Well, my first flintlock season is now over. Hunted every day cept one, had one misfire, one shot and didn't get a deer.

But, I'm hooked fer sure.

I bought a Lyman GPR and now have a year to practice. But, I really feel that I need to do something about the sights. I've fired about fifty shots of the porch, with mixed results. I just can't seem to get the sights and target lined up as should be.

I'm looking at the Lyman Peep Sight, but everything I read suggests that peep sights are better suited to target shooting than hunting?

Before I spend that much money, I'd like to hear some words of wisdom from others who had problems shooting iron sights and tried the peeps.

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Re: Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

There is a thread on the Traditional section right now about the GPR and peeps are addressed. Jester and Tundragriz both swear by them. Jester uses the fiber optic front sight instead of the hooded front sight that came with the peeps. Better in low light. I know both have hunted extensively with the peeps and had not issues. I know jester has taken an antelope, 2 bears, fallow deer numerous whitetails and a boar all with the peeps. I think Tudragriz has taken many more and I think even some exotics with his. Can't go wrong with peeps!!
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Re: Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

I use the Lyman peep sight, on my Deerstalker and love it!

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Re: Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

Been kicking a peep around for my Lyman Deerstalker but have never used one. I find it hard seeing the target at. 50 yards with the open sight.
Wasn't sure if the peep would be helpful..?....
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Re: Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

Yes I think it would help. A peep takes the focus out of your rear sight and if your front post sight is where your aiming you will hit it. When you look through a peep sight your eye automatically centers your eye. Takes so much of the guess work out if your not used to iron sights.

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I don't know if it has changed, but several years ago, I was told that peep sights were illegal if you are going to use the gun during the late flintlock season. This was directly from a game warden that was at the harrisburg sportsman show.
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I don't know if it has changed, but several years ago, I was told that peep sights were illegal if you are going to use the gun during the late flintlock season. This was directly from a game warden that was at the harrisburg sportsman show.
Any sight is legal now ,no scopes allowed.

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Re: Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

I thought I ran across a fibre optic peep when I was looking for parts for GPR.
It wasn't cheap! I'm still considering it for the future.
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Consider buying a vpeep. I believe rmc makes them. Basically a peep sight with the top cut out. So the rear peep circles the front bead maybe 5/8ths of the way.
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Re: Lyman Peep Sight for hunting??

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...I'm looking at the Lyman Peep Sight, but everything I read suggests that peep sights are better suited to target shooting than hunting? ...I'd like to hear some words of wisdom from others who had problems shooting iron sights and tried the peeps.
Not sure where you are reading. The front globe sight that may be paired with a rear peep is for target and I recommend against that. I will always regret trying it and having it cost me a truly trophy class mule deer because the sun had set, I could see the deer but I absolutely couldn't see the front sight inside the globe, had to just watch the deer without being able to shoot. They are meant for full daylight shooting.

But a rear peep, aperture, ghost ring, whatever you want to call it is a great way to go. That's what we had on the M14 and M16 for out to 600yds, commonly used on guide guns for fast acquisition. I did it because of aging eyes not being able to focus the edges of the rear sight anymore to get good rear-front sight alignment. Actually stopped muzzleloading and handgunning for a couple years until I found a solution. Aperture sights are intuitive, like mentioned above, when you look through a little hole the eye instinctively centers the item of interest, very fast. And dead center of blurry circle is precisely the same as dead center of sharp circle. You always need the front sight crystal clear for the final alignment, rear sight blurry, target blurry.

The Lyman 57 is a very good sight, additionally it increases sight radius substantially and that improves distance shooting. If you wanted something less obtrusive Skinner Sights make nice units that go in the original dovetail.
http://www.skinnersights.com/barrel_mount_6.html

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