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Bolt action rifles with iron sights?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by shibbershabber, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Is it me, or are there hardly ANY bolt action rifles out there in 'common calibers'?????

    Aside from milsurps and a few other oddities... I cant think of more than 1 or 2 modern production rifles that come with iron sights?

    For example... I LOVED my CZ597 Carbine... but what else is out there?

    somebody set me straight...
  2. thewhitebuffalo83

    thewhitebuffalo83 Gresham/Boring Well-Known Member

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    Savage has a 308 caliber with iron sights, I think it is the Hog model.
  3. Awmish

    Awmish Oregon City, OR Member

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    Mossberg has the MVP tactical which takes AR mags and has iron sights. And then there is the Gun Site Scout from Ruger.
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Google Safari Rifle

    I had a custom Mauser made up with safari sights.. it's a tack driver
  5. kukusya

    kukusya King County Wa Active Member

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    Mossberg ATR100 /4x4/ MVP, Savage Hog hunter /Bear hunter, Ruger GSR /model 77/ Guide rifle, Winchester Alaska /Safari, all Blaser Mauser Heym models have it.
  6. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    ruger m77
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Although Shib Shab's inquiry seems academic, and was rather easy to answer with a number of replies, he brings to light a very good observation. He is correct, in that new bolt action hunting rifles with iron sights are becoming the MINORITY of offerings now.

    This trend follows (and is a result of) a number of factors:

    1) Increased reliability of telescopic sights (even cheap scopes work rather well, and are darned rugged these days).

    2) The mistaken belief that telescopic sights are a necessity for success in most big game hunting (in truth, they most often are not, and in numerous instances can be the obstacle to success).

    3) The ever-present driving force for manufacturers toward the bottom line: economy in manufacture and profit at the sale (even rudimentary sights cost money to produce and install).

    4) An increasing number of new shooters who were never schooled in the usage of iron sights (and their numerous advantages and attributes).

    ShibberShabber and the rest of us who are equipped with the knowledge and appreciation of a good set of irons on a fine gun will sadly see the increase in this tragic trend. Iron sights may well become the seatbelts on our Star Ship Enterprise: Technology lost to the ages.


    Remington Model 722, .300 Savage, vintage 1956. Redfield Number 102 Receiver sight (instantly removable and reinstallation with return to zero), still sporting the factory buckhorns (if needed) as well. More sturdy, More lightweight, More compact, More handy and faster sight picture acquisition than any scope. Accuracy equal to or better than any telescopic sight toward any visible target. This gun from a time (and apparently a knowlegdable first owner) knowing the value and advantages of iron sights.
  8. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    It seems to me most of the Winchester Model 70 versions in 30-06 are available with iron sights.
  9. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Spitpatch, you bring a bunch to the table and should be writing for a good shooting/hunting rag or site. I for one appreciate your very knowledgeable and well worded points of view.

    Thank you.