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Any peep sights bolt on to an 870P with rifle sights?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by bofe954, Sep 30, 2006.

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  1. bofe954

    bofe954 Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    Looking for an improved rear sight for my 870P. I have the model with the 20 inch barrel and rifle sights. I'd like to just replace the rear sight, the front sight can stay or go, doesn't matter.

    I'd prefer a peep/ghost ring type of sight.
  2. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Dec 20, 2002
    Lyman and Williams both made peep sights to fit 870s. They require a couple small holes drilled and tapped. Both work.

    One of mine has the 20" Remchoked slug barrel. I removed the rear sight, leaving the base on, and used a Williams peep. Lots of venison been made with that combo.

  3. Gordon

    Gordon Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    central Kali.
    After 20 years of ghost rings on an 870 for "tactical" purposes , here is the best sights for the purpose I have come across! You are real close on that gun , just AO night sight slip ins away! If You are dead set on a Ghost ring, you are gonna have to drill and tap a couple holes, and good ghost rings start at $110 and go to $200 for a Tritium set! Believe me the AO inserts on Rem. RS are BETTER!!:cool:

  4. wuchak

    wuchak Member

    Feb 18, 2005
    Shawnee, KS
    Link to the sights Gordon recommended, XS Sights used to be AO sights, http://www.xssights.com/store/shotgun.html.
    They are the tritium XS Sights 24/7 Express Shotgun sights and go for $120.

    Their ghost ring setups w/each of the 4 choices of front sight are also shown at the above link.
  5. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    If I'm reading you right, you have a Remington with BARREL mounted front and rear rifle sights, and you want to replace the rear blade with a peep.

    First, I don't know of anyone who makes a peep that will fit the Remington factory sight.

    Second, peep or ghost ring sights only work when the aperture is close to your eye.
    Mounting a peep that far forward don't work too well, but to be fair, some people use them on SKS and AK rifles.

    The problem here is, unless you can get the factory blade modified, there's no practical way to get a peep that will fit the factory sight.
    Remington brazes their sights on with high-temp brazing in electric furnaces.
    In order to get the factory base off, you have to either heat the barrel to a red heat until the brazing melts, or you have to cut the sight off.

    What you can do rather easily, is to reshape the stock factory sight blade and braze or even soft solder on a new blade with an aperture hole in it.

    This is rather easy, with all that's required is to file the rear of the rear sight blade flat, then make up a flat blade with a hole in it, that you can solder or braze on the sight.

    To install a receiver mounted ghost ring sight requires drilling and tapping the receiver, AND you still have to get the barrel mounted sight base off the barrel, unless the base minus the sight sliders is low enough that it doesn't interfere with the new ghost rings vision of the front sight.
  6. Jack2427

    Jack2427 Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    +1 for Gordon on the sights. I have the same setup on one of my 870s(no light though), and the ghost ring on another. Either will work as well for normal eyes. With a slight advantage to the ghost rings for accurate slug placement. However for slugs you should have a dedicated rifled barrel with a peremanently attached optic.
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