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[Image Can Not Be Found]I recently sold this sight for an 1890 and customer complaining about it being bent or crooked. I’ve never seen this happen but what are you all’s opinion and solution advice.

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The most common solution I’ve seen on tang sights is you cut narrow strip of paper of what every thickness you need to shim it square. Make sure you soak the paper in oil since you don’t want it to get soaked with water.

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Winchester used card stock paper strips to shim the tang sight so that it was horizontally level on the rear tang.

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antler1 said
customer complaining about it being bent or crooked.

Not sure its only a function of the sight being crooked (the base could have been finished a little off i guess) but could also be the result of the upper tang finishing (pitch) or tang sight screw tap, or upper tang being slightly twisted.   Ive got a carbine and no matter what tang sight I put on it, its always off center and has to be shimmed to the right. As Bert and Bob said, a paper shim to the desired thickness corrects the problem.  

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Customer has gun and sight at his gunsmith. Spoke with him and he was talking about filing some material from the opposite side of tang base in hope it would rotate over some. I told him I would not recommend that and I would not allow return of sight if he does. I don’t believe that remedy would do anything for the issue and informed him about all your solutions of simple shim. Thanks for your input

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