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Sighting In Flintlock

Always sighted in X inches high at 50yds depending on what I felt my max shot distance would be. But sometimes the target is obscured at close distances.

A friend indicated he sights his in so you can aim at the bottom of the chest and it hits the vitals. That way the bead never cover his target at close distances.

How do you guys do it?

I'm only been flintlock hunting a few years, its amazing all the little tricks you can pick up from people to get more consistent.
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I always have the sights set so that at 50 yards the point of impact is right on the top of the front sight post. Well, that's what I try do do anyhow. If the target is obscured at close range, or any range, then don't take the shot until the target is clearly visible. Be patient and make a good shot.

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My sights are set to where my impact will be. No 6 o'clock hold for me
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I use a full size paper plate and center the front sight on plate. The plate allows me to paste the front sight on the center of the plate because you can see the outline of the white around the front sight. I use the same aim on a deer; just center the fiber optic front on the shoulder or vitals and drop the hammer. I like my group to be 1" high at 50 yards and with 80 grain loads that gives me a 75 zero and about 3" of drop at 100. So impact is 1" high of center on the plate even though the bead covers about a 4" diameter at 50 yards.

One of my barrels gets 100 grains of 3f and using the same site in procedure it just flattens the flight to more like 1" low at 100.

I used to use the six o'clock hold and still do for handguns but with the rather large fiber optic front sight that I have on all my flinters I just center the bead in my target area. It's quicker for me than the six o' clock hold and just as accurate. I use a shoulder shot most of the time and from the bench all my flint guns shoot about a 1 1/2" group or less at 50 yards. I paste the bead; click and ship.
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Front sight is level across the top of the rear sight.
Ball will hit on the edge of the front sight.

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I use a six o'clock hold. In it's simplest form you want to float your intended impact spot at the top of your front sight blade. Aim small miss small.

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Front sight is level across the top of the rear sight.
Ball will hit on the edge of the front sight.
X2.
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Using the paste the bead site in I just hold up a little more front sight in the rear notch if I want to shoot longer range. I shoot my GM barrel that gets 100 grains of 3f under a .495 ball out to 150 yards with very little hold up; it's really flat; drops about 7" from the 100 yard zero. Shooting my flint GM 1/28 twist with a saboted 300 grain Hornady .452 pistol bullet over 100 grains of 3f I get 1" high at 50; zero at 100 and -6" at 150 yards; it still has about 950 fpe. at 150 yards. Much more power than the ball has 50 yards. It just hammers deer but the longest one so far with it is about 60 yards; hammers em.

For 150 yard target I use a 55 gallon drum lid painted black and a paper plate in the center. Keeping all shots on the plate at 150 isn't hard when there is very little wind. The RMC front sight on that barrel is a little smaller diameter than my TC sights.
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Front sight is level across the top of the rear sight.
Ball will hit on the edge of the front sight.
6 o'clock hold.
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Front sight is level across the top of the rear sight.
Ball will hit on the edge of the front sight.
X2.
I have a Lyman Deerstalker and the rear sight has a white triangle with a small notch just above it, front sight is a white flat ball. Do I still place the front sight even with the notch or align the bottom of the front sight so it is "balancing" on the top point sight triangle on the rear sight?
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