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Thread: Trapdoor Sight Alteration - opinions

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    Boolit Man namsag's Avatar
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    Jul 2019
    north Mississippi

    Trapdoor Sight Alteration - opinions

    Another question.

    I have a very nice Model 1884 Trapdoor. This thing is in great shape. The rear sight windage adjustment is a little loose and creeps around some but it is actually one of the better ones I have ever seen (although I am by no means any kind of expert). I have been playing around a little bit and have had some encouraging signs of developing a fairly accurate load for it.

    Trouble is, I can barely see through that tiny little peephole on the fold up Buffington rear sight leaf. Under certain conditions I can't see the front sight at all. It is tiny too. Getting old.

    I am wondering how much of a crime against humanity it might be to drill out that peephole a size or two. I feel like I would be able to see the sight better. Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Suggestions/advice appreciated.
    Slavin' away for the Takers - I make it, They take it.

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    Boolit Master marlinman93's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    Buffington sights can still be found, so drilling yours out isn't the end of the world. If you're worried then maybe find a replacement first, and then you'll have it or the original to drill out.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Stephens City, VA
    I drilled the peep hole in the Buffington sight larger and made an .093" wide front sight. It helped a lot but at 75 yrs old now not much helps anymore.

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