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Old 12-20-2018, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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My brother recently bought a traditions pa pellet. I was attemting to sight it in yesterday and this morning and it was grouping good at 25 yds but was consistently hitting low. Maxed out moving the rear sight up and Tried several different powder charges/projectile combos and it was hitting low with all of them! Im talking like 3-4" low at 25yds. Im a relatively experienced flintlock shooter and open sight shooter in general, so i dont believe its me flinching etc. Sight picture was consistent on all shots. I even got my PA pellet out and tried my hunting load with it and it was dead on, tried it with his and low again! His was bought used but barrel is clean etc. Sights look like original fiber optics. Any ideas on causes/fixes to this? Maybe front sight or rear height off?? Im flustered!!
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Old 12-20-2018, 01:30 PM
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My brother recently bought a traditions pa pellet. I was attemting to sight it in yesterday and this morning and it was grouping good at 25 yds but was consistently hitting low. Maxed out moving the rear sight up and Tried several different powder/projectile combos and it was hitting low with all of them! Im talking like 3-4" low at 25yds. Im a relatively experienced flintlock shooter and open sight shooter in general, so i dont believe its me flinching etc. Sight picture was consistent on all shots. I even got my PA pellet out and tried my hunting load with it and it was dead on, tried it with his and low again! His was bought used but barrel is clean etc. Sights look like original fiber optics. Any ideas on causes/fixes to this? Maybe front sight or rear height off?? Im flustered!!
I had the exact opposite problem with mine. I was like 7” high at 50yrds. I called traditions and they sent a taller front sight. I’d give them a call. Does it ya e the Williams sights or the large orange plastic blade on the front?
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Raise the back sight. Or keep front sight higher in the back sight, Just had same problem with my 308 had to get a smaller front sight

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Ok just dug through my stuff and found the williams stock sights off my PA pellet that i pulled when i added the RMC Vpeep. The rear sights appear to match but the front sight on his is lower then the one that came off mine. Would that make a difference?
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Can you place a hard plastic shim under the back sight? that will work.Here is a calculator that will tell you how much lower the front sight should be, add that much to the back if you can.

On my 308 I needed .035, 35 thousand's smaller front sight, The calculator will figure it out for you.

https://www.brownells.com/aspx/learn...aspx?lid=13093

Let us know how you make out.

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Can you place a hard plastic shim under the back sight? that will work.Here is a calculator that will tell you how much lower the front sight should be, add that much to the back if you can.

https://www.brownells.com/aspx/learn...aspx?lid=13093

Let us know how you make out.

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If I had to shim it, I'd use cooper. Easy to cut, shape and drill, and more stable than plastic.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Think in the interest of time and ease im just going to hit Dixons for a set of RMC sights.
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Guys, if the rifle is shooting low the front site must be lowered. Not raised. With the rear site you go the same way you want to move the shot. With the front site you go the opposite. Just like Cscott1 siad, his rifle was shooting high. So the sent him a taller front site. If you rifle is shooting low, you need to LOWER the front site.
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Ok just dug through my stuff and found the williams stock sights off my PA pellet that i pulled when i added the RMC Vpeep. The rear sights appear to match but the front sight on his is lower then the one that came off mine. Would that make a difference?

If the new front site is lower than the old one it will raise the point of impact.

Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.

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Had the same problem with one of my flinters.

Cut a small, round brass button from some stock, sprung the rear sight up and slid it under. Problem solved !!

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