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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-15-2016, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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iron sight picture

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How do you set up your iron sights. lets say a 50 - 75 yard shot. as far as your sight picture do you cover the deer or is your sight picture lower and hitting high on the mark? I used to cover my deer but out past 75 yards and with my aging eye sight i'm thinking maybe to hold low see the deer and have it hit high on original mark. What say you?
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I've got my .54 caliber Lancaster rifle hitting close to dead on at 50 yards by using a center hold. At 100 yards, I've got to hold over about 6 inches to get the ball into the bull or close to it. I could up my powder charge slightly or file the front sight just a tad more, but I'm used to the sight picture I have with it so leave it alone. Now with my Lyman GPR, I've got to use a 6 O'clock hold at 50 because it hits slightly higher than point of aim.
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That's why I went to a peep on my Lyman takes guess work out of it. Just look through peep put the front post where u want to shoot that's it.
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I "float" the intended target on top of my front sight. 6 o'clock hold. It works for me and that's the way I've always done it. I sight in for fifty yards, adjust accordingly for different distances.

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My long rifle is setup that the ball impacts about 2-2.5" higher than the top of the front sight at 50 yards, and about 1-1.5" lower than the same point at 100 yards.

When I shoot at game, the top of the front sight goes where I want the ball to go, and with the way the rifle shoots, the ball hits there +/- 2" out to about 105-110 yards.

For my personal standards, that makes it point-n-shoot to that distance. I don't think about aiming high or low.
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My long rifle is setup that the ball impacts about 2-2.5" higher than the top of the front sight at 50 yards, and about 1-1.5" lower than the same point at 100 yards.

When I shoot at game, the top of the front sight goes where I want the ball to go, and with the way the rifle shoots, the ball hits there +/- 2" out to about 105-110 yards.

For my personal standards, that makes it point-n-shoot to that distance. I don't think about aiming high or low.

my .62 is set up like yours tdd, with the front down in the "v" of the rear sight. I also hold the top of the front sight in the "v" level with the top of the rear sight for shooting out to 150 yards. right now the 150 hold looks good as far as the calculations go, but I will find out after the holidays when I get my 20" steel target hung out at 150. thats the goal, to be able to consistently be able to hit out to 150 for my up coming moose hunt.
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Front site level across the top of rear notch site.Ball will hit right on line of front site.A little white paint and thin coat of flo orange helps too!
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my .62 is set up like yours tdd, with the front down in the "v" of the rear sight. I also hold the top of the front sight in the "v" level with the top of the rear sight for shooting out to 150 yards. right now the 150 hold looks good as far as the calculations go, but I will find out after the holidays when I get my 20" steel target hung out at 150. thats the goal, to be able to consistently be able to hit out to 150 for my up coming moose hunt.
Pics of that hunt will be very welcome.
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I put the top of the front sight blade directly in the center of the rear sight aperture and plant the bullet impact centered and just on top of the front sight blade. No floating, no kidding.

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part of the problem is the horrible sights that are factory installed on modern guns. 25 years ago, I noticed that the front sight on a renegade was "bigger than deer" nd the problem with fine sights for precision shootings is the ability to find them in low light situations. So I carried two bottles of model airplane paint and some swabs in the hunting bag. For low light I would put just a dab of yellow or orange paint on the back of the front blade. Not on top. Suddenly the fine sight low light problem was solved.
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