Old Redfield front band sight


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ngnrd
March 19, 2013, 02:57 PM
I've finally gotten around to tinkering on Grandpa's old sporterized 03-A3. I've had a 'smith check the headspace and recrown the muzzle. I also had him fix the loose front sight - an old Redfield barrel-band ramp with interchangeable bead blades.

When I got the rifle back, the 'smith told me I'd probably have to get a different blade, as this one was too short.

Well, I took the old iron out to the range this weekend and shot it. And, the 'smith was right. With the peep adjusted all the way down, the rifle was shooting about 14 inches high at 100 yards. So, as far as I can tell, I'll have to replace the 7/32 ramp with a 9/32 version (or maybe just a bit taller). The problem is, I can't seem to find a source for these old blades. (I did find a couple at Numrich, but the tallest they list is 7/32...)

Does anybody know another source for these ramps? Or does anybody have some sitting in an "old parts" bin that you would be willing to part with?

Sure would be nice to get Grandpa's old rifle out in the field again...

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rcmodel
March 19, 2013, 03:09 PM
You might call these guys and see if they can fix you up.

https://newenglandcustomgun.com/Gun_Services/Front_Sights.asp

It might be possible to modify one of thier Masterpeice blades since you have the old Redfield blade for a pattern.

rc

BBBBill
March 19, 2013, 03:26 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Redfield-Utility-Ramp-Front-Sight-for-24-SPRGFLD-NEW-Old-Stock-in-Package-/370765019003?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565351377b

Found this on ebay. Lots more Redfield sights there. Not sure if you need the whole assembly or just a replacement blade.

ngnrd
March 19, 2013, 06:19 PM
Thanks guys. I've looked at the NEGS sights, and I've looked on ebay. So far, all I've found is either too short, or will need modified to work. I'm just hoping to find the right one (I know it's a long shot). If I strike out, I'll probably end up fabricating something from brass, or maybe aluminum. But, I still have my fingers crossed... Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky.

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