Replacement aperture for an old Williams sight?


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TargetTerror
September 16, 2007, 02:36 PM
I have a sporterized Remington 1917 30-06 rifle. The rear sights were replaced with a Williams peep sight. The problem I have is that with the requisite recoil pad (my shoulder is not THAT strong), the sight is too far away from my eye and I can only use it outside in very bright light. I'd like to get a replacement aperture to use when their is less light.

I don't know much about the rifle, but I imagine that it was sporterized in the 1950s when this was commonly done to older milsurps. Has Williams changed their threads over the years, or should any Williams aperture fit?

And, lastly, does anyone know a good place to get more apertures?

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rbernie
September 16, 2007, 02:37 PM
MidwayUSA and Brownells have a metric buttload of varying size discs and apetures. As far as I know, (with apologies to The Who) the threads remain the same.

Ol` Joe
September 16, 2007, 04:47 PM
Try asking them (Williams)

http://www.williamsgunsight.com/

Macgille
September 16, 2007, 05:22 PM
If the aperture is too small you can just drill it out to whatever size you like.:)

Onmilo
September 16, 2007, 06:44 PM
7/32X40 has been the standard for Williams-Marbles-Lyman hunting/general use apeture sights for a most very long time, almost a hundred years at least.

Try here for replacement apetures.
http://www.brownells.com

ranger335v
September 16, 2007, 08:52 PM
If you mean the large diameter, screw-in disc just remove it and forget it for most uses.

They are only useful on target ranges and then they needed to be changed as the light intensity and range changed. You will lose very little accuracy in the field, or range for that matter, using just the hole the disc goes into. But - they come up on eBay from time to time.

TargetTerror
September 18, 2007, 11:43 PM
I called Williams, and they confirmed that the industry standard has been the standard for a very long time indeed. I just ordered a .093" and .150" aperture from Midway. The guy on the phone said that .093 is the normal target aperture. I measured the one on my gun, and it's ~.040"! That combined with the long LOP due to the recoil pad and its no wonder I can barely see the front sight, even when sniping the sun.

gezzer
September 18, 2007, 11:50 PM
Unscrew the insert and just use the housing as the rear aperture. I have several rifles using a Williams receiver and NONE have the insert screwed in.

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