Two topic: 1873 rifle rear sight / compass in gun stock?


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TheHappyGunner
December 14, 2013, 10:44 PM
Hi guys, I've got two quick questions:

1) My eyes do better with peep sights and don't handle sights such as buckhorns nearly as well. So I got this weird idea I may not even want to try.. I just want to know if it would even be possible: could I screw one if those Skinner sights to the sliding dust cover on an Uberti 1873 rifle? Kinda silly I know.

2) If I were to inlay a large compass into a gunstock, would the metal mess with the magnet in the compass and give an inaccurate reading?

Just two things I'm curious about.. thanks

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rcmodel
December 14, 2013, 11:00 PM
1. The dust cover moves backward and stays there every time the lever is operated.

Then, it's not really secured at both ends and stationary.
So, probably not a good place to put a sight.

2. No, a compass in the stock will work just fine if it is orientated true north before you glue it in the hole.
It was a popular accessory years ago.

But it needs to be a real gunstock compass that used to be made by Marbles or Poly-Choke.
Recoil will rather quickly wreck a cheap small one!

http://books.google.com/books?id=DC0DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA86&lpg=PA86&dq=gun+stock+compass&source=bl&ots=KUxdcePUUY&sig=hVhwFkh-jP5xJr5r69mrKG36JMY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_MwFUeuwOonW8gSHzYDQAQ&ved=0CGkQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=gun%20stock%20compass&f=false


On the other hand??
If you get lost and truly need a compass?

You need a real compass on a lanyard around your neck, or pinned to your hunting coat!!

http://www.opticsplanet.com/marbles-pin-on-compass.html?gclid=CPyMzsessbsCFUho7AodwWsApQ&ef_id=UnlNNwAABHiDigLi:20131215040359:s

http://www.opticsplanet.com/silva-black-lensatic-compass-48993.html

Not a tiny one glued in a hole in your rifle stock you may become too weak to carry any further if you are that lost.

rc

TheHappyGunner
December 14, 2013, 11:09 PM
As for the compass.. how much recoil would it take to ruin it? Let's just say for conversation sake I'd install a regular pocket compass into an 1873 rifle stock. Using standard .44WCF loads, would that be enough to ruin a standard compass?

rcmodel
December 14, 2013, 11:24 PM
Of the small size & type you would want to inlet into a rifle stock?
The ones that sell for a dollar two-ninety eight online??

Yes, a 44-40 would wreck one before the glue dried!

They are not liquid filled to dampen recoil.
And the pivot bearing pin is a cut-off Chinese sewing needle reject!!

Don't ruin your stock drilling for one of those like these!!

http://www.stanleylondon.com/smcomp.htm?gclid=CKfQkqqwsbsCFTEV7AodR08AnA

A larger pocket compass would look out of place on a rifle stock.
And the bigger they are, the worse they will suffer from recoil, because the bigger pointer has more mass for recoil to work on the bearing pin.

rc

Outlaw Man
December 14, 2013, 11:41 PM
You have obviously never seen A Christmas Story. :D



I'd definitely look for a stout one.

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