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Muzzleloader help

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by roger00352, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. roger00352

    roger00352 abilene tx New Member

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    Recently I have built a .50 cal St. Louis Hawken muzzleloader from a kit from Traditions. I poured my blood sweat and tears into this piece to make it beautiful. Everything is great on the gun except for the sights. The kit came with some less than impressive plastic "iron sights". I would really love to find some metal sights for this gun, but everywhere I seem to look only has plastic or "Hi-Vis" sights. I am trying to make the gun look like a weapon from the period it replicates. Anyone have any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated. The front sight is a standard 3/8 dovetail, the rear screws into the barrel, don’t have any specs on the rear sight, sorry.
     
  2. 1stIDFMP

    1stIDFMP North of Salem, south of Portland Active Member

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  3. DSbur

    DSbur Vancouver WA Member

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    Product Listing - Sights

    Dixie Gun Works muzzleloading, blackpowder and rare antique gun supplies.

    Track of the Wolf - Gun Parts: for flint, percussion, & early cartridge guns scroll down to 'sights' section


    Don't know of any places local in Texas (according to your profile). Track of the Wolf usually has great pics as does Muzzleloader Builders Supply

    The link below is to a muzzleloader forum that you can join and perhaps find some detailed help for what you want.

    http://muzzleloadermag.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x


    You appear to have this rifle http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/product_info.php?products_id=134 Replacing the rear sight with something 'traditional' will require a dovetail to be filed/machined, IIRC these rifles have only screw holes. Pick your sight and any decent machinist can make a dovetail for you, some fitting will be required. Plains rifles could have several variants of rear sights, either plain/simple, buckhorns, or fancy leaf adjustables depending on grade. I'm no plains rifle builder so you'll need to decide/research what best fits your degree of authenticity, ambitions, and skill level.
     
  4. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  5. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 for Track of the Wolf
     
  6. roger00352

    roger00352 abilene tx New Member

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    thanks guys found just what i needed!