I now have obtained a nice Winchester High Wall 1885 in .32-40 with the Lyman Tang Peep Sight and after doing some loading today I fired it for the first time. Not knowing where the peep sight was set at, my first shot went high. Adjusted and second and third shots went low but were an 1" apart. Fourth shot after adjusting went within 2" of #2 & 3. All well and good. My question is what do the lines on the stem of the peep sight mean. There are wider ones and then three shorter ones in between. I assume that these relate to our modern day 1/4 minute clicks??? It will be easy to figure out how to get my bullet to hit the bull at 50 yds but then it would be nice to know how much to screw the peep up or down in relationship to the lines. Hopefully I explained what I was asking about, might have gotten overly winded!
November 1, 2013
John Drescher said
My question is what do the lines on the stem of the peep sight mean. There are wider ones and then three shorter ones in between. I assume that these relate to our modern day 1/4 minute clicks???
Absolutely not! (Incidentally, the first micro sights like the Lyman 48 were graduated in 1 MOAs.) With the #1, it's the shooter's job to figure out how much each of those graduation marks moves the bullet at a given range. Idea was to cut the little pin at the base of the stem (usually lost now) so that the stem couldn't be lowered below whatever the shooter considered "point-blank" range--say, 50 or 100 yds. Then determine by trial & error how many of the index marks were required to be raised for some longer range.
Thank you Clarence for your reply. Kind of figuring this out as you noted, its trial and error stuff. The cold weather here is Wisconsin has hampered my shooting so little done but did find out a few things last shooting at 100 yds. The first larger line from the base of the eye portion seems to be for 100 yds but still a work in progress. So many factors involved such as type of charge and bullet seating depth plus it is black powder! Again thanks.
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