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New Great Plains rifle...bend in rear sight normal?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by CA2005, May 22, 2006.

  1. CA2005

    CA2005 New Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    I just bought a new Lyman Great Plains rifle. When looking down at the rear sight aperature from the top of the rifle, it appears to have a slight bend.

    Is this normal, or do I have a defect? The sight picture is just fine....just an odd bent look to the sight.


    BTW....what a fine rifle, just beautiful. I got it in .54 caplock with the 1/60 twist.
  2. arcticap

    arcticap Mentor

    Mar 20, 2005
    Central Connecticut
    Is the entire blade bent towards the shooter or is the sight crooked? I don't have one, but it sounds like it would help to lessen light reflection if it was leaning toward the rear?
    I wonder if I remember correctly that some of the Lyman's require a little filing down of the front sight. If that's true, proceed with caution. I'm sorry to mention that if I'm incorrect since they are such nice rifles.
    Let us know how it shoots. :)
  3. Poppy270

    Poppy270 New Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    I have a Great Plains Rifle,54 cal,and the rear sight does lean toward the shooter.It is somewhat adjustable, but I did have to do quite a bit of filing on the front sight to get on target.
  4. Mercerlake

    Mercerlake New Member

    May 2, 2006
    Oregon coast
    The rear sight is tilted slightly to the rear to reduce reflections and this normal, if it is twisted to the right or left this would be abnormal but correctable. If you must file the sights to correct the point of impact, I recomend that you get the load that you wish to use before any filing. Correct left/right errors by drifting the rear sight L/R first then if you need to raise the Point of Impact file the front sight, (They are typically furnished as being to tall to allow adjustment). If the Point of Impact is too high, file the rear notch deeper to lower the POI. Go SLOW as it is more difficult to replace metal than to remove it. Also consider that the rifle may shoot to a different POI when held free-handed than off the bench, the gun is moving while the ball is traveling in the barrel (Dwell-time) this changes the impact point depending on your hold, at close range low velocity loads will strike higher than a higher velocity load.

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