SIGHTING A RIFLE—I am thinking of getting a Remington .22 repeater—what would be good sights for this rifle for all-around work? How would the Sheard’s Gold Bead and Marble’s Special Rear Sight do? Could they be fitted by anyone inexperienced in such work?
The combination mentioned could not be improved on. Anybody who can shoot a rifle (rest) and knows when his sight is covering the bulls eye can sight a rifle. The proper way to line up the sights is to first get the barrel sights to the proper place and then bring the peep sight into line with them by putting strips of paper under one side or the other to throw the aperture in line. After the peep sight is properly adjusted the rear barrel sight should be removed and a blank substituted. To line up the barrel sights on a .22 rifle set up a target at twenty-five yards with a nice little bulls eye showing plainly in the center. Sit down comfortably and have a solid rest for the muzzle of the rifle at the proper height, and try a couple of steady, careful shots at the bulls eye. Have your bead front sight at the same place on the bull each time. All bullet holes will be close together if you aim the same way each time. If your rest is right you can hold the sight on the bull several seconds and press the trigger steadily until the cartridge is exploded. If the rifle shoots to the right, move the rear sight slightly to the left, just a trifle, then try again. If it shoots to the left, move the rear sight to the right or the front sight may be moved in the opposite direction. To move the sights hold a piece of brass or copper against the base and tap lightly with a hammer. If the rear sight is a plain one it will usually be found right for elevation, but if it is an adjustable one and the arm shoots low, raise the rear sight s little. If it shoots high, lower the rear sight If you are going to remove the rear barrel sight you can get your elevation as well by raising or lowering the peep, only. Use the same kind of cartridges each time.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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