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Anyone have a Williams Rear Peep Sight on their 45/70 Handi Rifle ?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by geo57, Nov 6, 2008.

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  1. geo57

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    For those of you that do, were you able to use and properly sight in with the factory front sight ? If you did change the front sight was it a "have to" case or did you just want something different ? I'm considering the WGRS peep on mine, but wanting to do it as simply & economically as possible. I have these Williams peeps on a Win. 94 and Rem. 700, both using factory front sights and am hoping I can with my Handi 45/70. Thanks .
     
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    If you're using the basic, ramp-type, dovetail mounted sight, you'll be fine. But if you want the micrometer adjust sight, it sits higher and will require a taller front.
     
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    As a matter of fact I do. I did not touch the front sight. I purchased the rifle for whitetail in Montana. I sighted it in for 200 yrds. and was good to go.
     
  4. geo57

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    So I have 1 yes and 1 no........Clipper, the one I would use is the WGRS model, which fits on the barrel behind the factory rear sight and uses the same holes a scope mount would.

    66912, are you using this WGRS rear peep in which I speak of ?

    Thanks to you both
     
  5. 66912

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    I have the macrometer sight. I had no issues at all. It seems as though the the front sight on my rifle is rather tall. I purchased the rifle new from Sportsman's warehouse in 2005.
    I also added the hammer spur for easier control of the hammer when wearing gloves. You may find this to be a nice addition as well. I also put on a Kirkpatrick leather 6 round cartridge holder on the stock. I know it sounds like alot to add to a $219 rifle, but I wanted it field friendly and at that price point, it left more dollars for additions as well as ammunition.
    Have fun with your rifle. Just be cautious of shooting hotter loads. I have heard stories of the breech popping open due to the recoil. However, I have yet to experience it.
     
  6. geo57

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    66912, thanks for the info. FWIW, I have had mine for about 10 years and have taken 6 whitetails with it. It has never seen a factory load or a warm load. My handload for it used to be a 300 gr. JHP and 52 grs. of 3031 ( about 1700 FPS ) and was a terrific deer stopper, but the last and biggest one I took with it presented an angle in which I had to shoot through a shoulder. The bullet still did it's job and the big buck ran only a short distance, but there was NO blood on the ground at impact or the short jaunt he took because the bullet did not quite exit the body, hence no exit hole . Fortunately, I was in a fairly open area. Often times I'm not, and do rely on a blood trail in very dense cover even when tracking distances are short. This all lead me to changing to a Rem. 405 JFN and 32 grs. of IMR 4198 ( about 1350 FPS ) but much greater penetration capability if heavy bone is struck. This load also is a quick stopper. Knock on wood, I've never experienced the action opening upon recoil, but I'm careful about leaving the locking mechanism dry. Regards
     
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