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Thread: Browning 1886 Carbine front sight?

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    Boolit Master
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    Browning 1886 Carbine front sight?

    The last few years I have been adding receiver sights to all my lever actions and have now come to my Browning 1886 Carbine. The receiver will get a drill and tap but it is the front sight I need ideas on. I know it will need to be taller but Browning didnít put it on with a dovetail. It looks like a little block which I would guess is silver soldered on and a little blade held in with a cross pin. Has anyone put a receiver sight on their Browning 1886 Carbine and how did you treat the front sight? I think the options are file out a taller blade or cut a dovetail.
    Thanks

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    Boolit Buddy veeman's Avatar
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    I put a taller blade on mine when I put on a semi-buckhorn.

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    Boolit Master
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    Did you just put a taller blade in the block or did you cut a dovetail for a taller front sight?

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    It think it's the same as an 1895 (Winchester/Bronwing/Miroku not Marlin). Just get some brass stock that is the correct thickness and cut your own.

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    Boolit Mold
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    If it is the same as the 1895 Winchester XO Sights makes a nice replacement in multiple heights. Link https://www.xssights.com. You hav to call as the front sight only is not listed but the had them in stock.

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    Boolit Master pietro's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbennett View Post
    If it is the same as the 1895 Winchester XO Sights makes a nice replacement in multiple heights. Link https://www.xssights.com. You hav to call as the front sight only is not listed but the had them in stock.

    Also, I have fashioned a new/taller front sight blade in a few other different ways.

    1) I bought a Lyman Ivory bead front sight blade meant for a 1903 Springfield, cut down (up ?) the bottom so the installed blade was the proper height, then cross drilled the blade while it was clamped in place, using a sacrificial 1/16" drill bit that I later ground down the shank to act as the new sight retaining pin.

    https://www.ebay.com/p/Lyman-1903-a-...eld/1431035179




    Depending upon the dimensions of the sight blade slot in the square mounting block, the flat blade may need to be thinned a little, or shimmed on the sides, where it fits into the slot.



    2) I ground both sides of a normal 3/8" dovetail front sight's male dovetail until I had a flat blade, and proceeded as above (I selected a donor sight that had a sighting bead, Ivory/Gold/Fiber-optic, that I liked).



    3) The forward half of a normal 3/8" dovetail front sight's male dovetail can be reworked to fit the sight slot in the block





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    Last edited by pietro; 06-13-2019 at 12:19 PM.
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    I think I’ll make a trial blade and shoot some different loads to get an idea of the height of the new sight then look at the sights I have for a blade to fit. I may try the modified dovetail that pietro
    has in his bottom pic.
    Thanks for the ideas.

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