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Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

When I bought this rifle last year or maybe it was 2 years ago it came with fiber optic sights. Truthfully I do not like the sights at all. Maybe I'm just old fashioned. Anyway I was wondering if there are any better sights I can purchase to improve my accuracy as I just cannot seem to get any decent froups at 50 yards. A 12" group [censored]. All I want is a softball sized one at 75 yards. I have played with different powders and different loads such as round [censored] and Pa conicals. I have some power belts now to try out, but I am leary of attempting it and getting a little disgusted by all the experimenting. I am wondering if perhaps I need a different sight system?

Any suggestions?
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I may be willing to trade you my iron sights off my deer stalker

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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

I always liked the Lyman 16 AML folding rear sight with the 37 ML front white bead sight.
Have you tried a .490 roundball with a .015 patch?

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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

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I always liked the Lyman 16 AML folding rear sight with the 37 ML front white bead sight.
Have you tried a .490 roundball with a .015 patch?

That is what came on my Deerstalker and at first I thought I wasn't going to like it BUT after shooting it....I really like them!!!

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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

On my Lyman Deerstalker, I put a Lyman 57SML receiver peep sight. I kept the original 37 front sight on. I like this set up. Your Deerstalker should accept the 57SML without any drilling and tapping. One thing I like about the 57SML is that you can unscrew the apperature, and screw in another of a different hole size. Williams apperatures have the thread that screws right in.
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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

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I always liked the Lyman 16 AML folding rear sight with the 37 ML front white bead sight.
Have you tried a .490 roundball with a .015 patch?
+1 agreed!

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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

I have shot many .490 round [censored] with a.015 patch. I think I'm gonna give the powerbelts a try first and see how they stack up before I go looking for a peep sight. I cant attest to bullet performance if I cant get an accurate group first. (I gotta hit a deer first)
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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

What kind of, and how much powder are you using with the roundballs? How about your patch material and lube, what kind? How about your bore? Leading, copper fouled, or plastic fouled? Have you scrubbed it down to raw steel? I am surprised your Deerstalker won't shoot roundballs with accuracy, mine (.54) is very accurate with a roundball. .530" roundball, 90 grains FFG Goex, .018" pillow ticking patch,(I cut my own) Hoppes #9 Plus Blackpowder Solvent And Patch lube.
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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

Ive been using the Ox Yoke prelubed .015 patch and Hoppes #9 Plus Blackpowder Solvent And Patch lube. The first box of shot were .490 Hornady round [censored] with 3F Goex. I experimented between 80 and 90 gr of powder. Then I tried 2F with the same results. It was suggested I try conicals so I loaded up with Hrnady great plains at 385 gr using the same powder loads. While it improved slightly, I am by no means confident in this weapon.

Right now, I consider the purchase of this gun to be one of the worst hunting investments I ever made. I dont trust it's accuracy beyond point blank range and I find no joy at all in the constant loading, reloading, and cleaning. I can throw rocks more accurately.....
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Re: Better sights for my lyman deer stalker?

That,s to bad.Just put it up for sale in our classifieds here so someone else can enjoy it before you wrap it around a tree.
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