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Sights for a Howa 1500

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by justgoto, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. justgoto

    justgoto member

    I am tired of killing inexpensive scopes so I want to see if there is a sight with 1/4MOA click elevation and windage adjustments, that I could attach to my weaver mounts or receiver.
    Here are a few that are close to what I could use, but doesn't have the adjustment capabilities I want.
    NECG Rear Peep Sight Weaver-Style Base Adjustable Steel Blue
    Williams WGRS-700 Guide Receiver Peep Sight Remington 700 and Howa 1500 Aluminum Black

    I would then need a front sight, which I am a little leery of. I hope I don't have to modify the barrel. I've seen sights on ARs that attach to a rail, how well do those work?

    What about the holographic sights; can they be used as precision peep sights?
    Is there any other type sights that could serve me until I can afford an actual scope?
  2. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    A good Holographic would run you about 400 bucks.
    A nicer than our Nikko's scope would run 250-500.
    And unblock TEHLEGITGUY on youtube, he is sorry for arguing with you :D
    I would just get another scope, dont you have your springfield for open sights?
  3. justgoto

    justgoto member

    I have the Win94, the Eddystone, and the O3; something as a back-up to a scope would be nice. A rifle without sights is about as useful as a paint brush without bristles.
  4. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    i really dont know how you would go about putting on iron sights. Yeah, you could have a little red dot, but Im not sure if you can get the barrel tapped in the front.
  5. sansone

    sansone Well-Known Member

    much prefer the williams. mounts using existing screws on remngtn 700, But you have a Howa
  6. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    The most common way to add iron sights to a rifle that doesn't have any is to use a receiver sight on the rear and have a front sight base silver-soldered onto the barrel. The work involved will require that the gun be refinished.

    Take a look at New England Custom Gun; they show a front sight as I describe above, and their peep sights can be used on Weaver or dovetail mounts. I have used a NECG rear peep sight on a project rifle, and been very very pleased with the results. Be forewarned that using a Weaver mount NECG rear peep will require a tall front sight, since the rear sight will be relatively elevated due to the Weaver mount height.

    It would be cheaper and easier to buy a Nikon Buckmaster 3x-9x/40 refurb from Natchez.
  7. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Willams would charge $84.50 for a Foolproof micrometer rear sight and $40 to drill and tap the receiver for it. They would charge $24.95 for a Streamlined front ramp, $12.50 for a bead sight, and $40 to drill and tap the barrel. That is a total of $201.95, plus shipping both ways and turnaround time. You can get a pretty good scope for the nearly $300 a good set of iron sights would cost.
  8. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    I got a 69 dollar CenterPoint on my Howa 1500 in .308 and it has held up for close to a year so far and still trucking.
  9. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    It would be cheaper in the long run to just quit buying inexpensive scopes. Buy a quality scope and be done with it.
  10. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Ultradot scopes are good quality, lifetime warranty. Just how are you killing the cheap scopes? Driving tent stakes with em?:D
  11. srkavanagh6621

    srkavanagh6621 Well-Known Member

    I dont know why you would want irons on that gun anyway! Do like someone said and stop buying crappy scopes and save up for a good one! From what I have heard they are very accurate guns so put a nikon on it and it should shoot great for ya. jmo
  12. BrocLuno

    BrocLuno Well-Known Member

    Holographic and Red DOTs work fine. The problem(s) is the same as irons. The bead or dot can cover too much of the target at distance. As you reach out there, you have to hold higher and higher. The front sight comes up to block the target. If it's a small target like a ground squirrel or something, your sight picture falls apart. With a dot its similar, but at different ranges. Depends on dot size.

    Good ones are in battle every day over THERE. Cheap ones break, just like scopes. But scopes have crosshairs that don't cover much of the target, no matter where you hold. You want a tough inexpensive scope, buy a used Weaver steel tube off the 'Bay for $40 or so. You won't break it. Get a decent one with Micro-Trac and it will adjust for ever.

    I'm intrigued by Simmons AETEC. I'm not a Simmons fan. I've blown up a few on 06's. But the AETEC and their new erector tube technology just might do it and they are not expensive right now. There's one on sale on the 'Bay for $99 BIN.

    If you have more money, get a new better scope. Your rifle was built for a scope. It's a natural fit. Put Irons on something else? I like my old Weavers for tough and daylight shooting. Dawn and dusk, I shoot with Nikon - or if it's my 06, a Elite 4200. They do gather light and it is a help :)

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