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Pietta 58 Remington front sight?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by mxbob, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. mxbob

    mxbob Member

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    I would like to change the front sight on my Remington 58 Pietta. Anyone know how the
    sight is held on? Obviously I have to remove the old one so threaded? soldered? press fit?
    glued?
    Thanks for ant info
    Bob
     
  2. rodwha

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    I've read that it's press fit, but I don't know myself. I've wanted to dovetail my Pietta as well as it shoots a couple of inches to the left at 15 yds.
     
  3. AlexanderA

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    Discussion on the Internet indicates that, depending on the year of manufacture, Pietta Remington front sights were screwed in or pressed in, with or without the use of silver solder, Loctite, or epoxy. VTI Gun Parts shows a replacement sight that is not threaded. The target (Tiro) version has a dovetailed sight.

    If your gun has a dovetailed sight, it should be obvious. If not, what I would do, first, would be to carefully try to unscrew it. Use a pin vise or hand-held drill chuck to clamp the sight. If it doesn't come out easily, then heat the muzzle area of the gun cherry red with a MAPP torch, to melt the solder. While the solder is still molten, try unscrewing it again. (This should also work with Loctite or epoxy, or with a pressed-in sight.) If this still doesn't work, then the only thing left is to cut off the sight, file a dovetail in the barrel, and install an Uberti-type dovetail front sight. You have to decide how far you want to go with this. Sometimes it's better just to leave well enough alone. (Heating the muzzle will mess up the bluing, for sure.)
     
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  4. rdstrain49

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    not only will heating the barrel that hot "mess up" the bluing, but if you get just a bit too hot it will also form scale, or flakes of metal on the inside of your barrel, NOT a good thing. My advice, leave it alone or sell it and get a Uberti with a dovetail from sight.
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Or you can get it dovetailed. Octagon barrels are easy (just check if it's level when placed into a mill vise).
     
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