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Old October 23rd, 2020, 07:29 PM #11
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I shot the 1873 today. I have a couple of questions:

the shots were all about a foot high. I try to aim using the top of the buckhorn lined up with the top of the bead and put the bulls-eye right above that. I moved the rear sight up and down and the shots were still in the same area. Do I need to get a different (shorter) front sight?

I'm trying to use the 140 gr. Hornady FTX bullets with a next to heaviest load of Accurate #9 powder (per the Hornady manual). Is this load too strong to use in the Winchester 1873?
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When using a buck horn sight, you should be putting the front sight bead in the internal notch not on the upper sides. That is why you are shooting high.
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https://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2015...tucky-windage/

This sight has a good graphic on using buckhorn sights.
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When using a buck horn sight, you should be putting the front sight bead in the internal notch not on the upper sides. That is why you are shooting high.
Ya think? I sight my Winchester 94 my way and can hit a bulls-eye at 50 yards.

I'll try it your way tomorrow.
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To add to what John said, you would want to lower your rear sight to lower your point of impact.

Regarding your front sight, if after these suggestions you need point of impact lower still? You'd need to order a taller front sight, not a shorter one, should you need to lower point of impact further still.
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I canít comment on that load but the rifle is probably regulated for a something like a 158 gr .357 at 1200-1300 FPS (speed out of a pistol).

If you have a load you want to use and canít get there, the front sight is a Marbles so you should be able to get one of a different height if you wanted to keep the same look.

Or something like a Skinner front ramp and file it down to where you want.

Other option is that rifle is drilled and tapped for a tang sight. Could give you more options but would probably still need a taller front sight if itís shooting way high.
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You guys were right on with that advice on sighting with buckhorn sights. Now I think I'm good out 100 yards! Thanks!

I think I'll have to paint the circle on the front sight though.
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