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Old September 16th, 2020, 04:01 PM #1
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Springfield 1863 sight picture

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Rear sight opening is huge
Hard to tell if I’m centered and aligned vertically
Plus I’m hitting way high. Any way to bury the front sight and get good alignment?

I don’t want to mess with an original Springfield but I almost eat to file a notch in the bottom




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I’ve read that the “battle sight” picture from long guns of that era assumed the shooter would aim at the belt buckle and get an upper body hit. In other words, almost all of them have a high point of impact if you use a standard sight picture.
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Old September 16th, 2020, 08:22 PM #3
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no wonder they missed so much when shooting behind logs in the woods at other soldiers shooting from behind logs.
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6 O'clock hold. If you use the "center" hold on a target you'll fire over it.

Man sized target would be belt buckle at 100y. Look at the old tin Civil war pics. Lots of belly shots because a belt buckle hold at 250y hit the belt.

So I've been told. But loads will change impacts also.
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My trouble is that no matter where I'm aiming, its hard to tell the tip of the the front sight is consistant with the position because the rear sight is so wide.
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Buy a replacement rear sight leaf. Store the original rear sight. Modify the replacement as required.
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Paint the front sight.
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Old September 17th, 2020, 05:31 PM #8
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Buy a replacement rear sight leaf. Store the original rear sight. Modify the replacement as required.
I did not think about that, I guess I will see how hard it is to unscrew. Just hate to mess with an original. Then again, I also wanna shoot it accurately.

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Paint the front sight.
I can see it, what does painting do?
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I did not think about that, I guess I will see how hard it is to unscrew. Just hate to mess with an original. Then again, I also wanna shoot it accurately.

I can see it, what does painting do?
You can always try Kentucky elevation.
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Paint the front sight.
It already looks red in the picture
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