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WTB Rocky Mountain front sight for 1886
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I am looking to buy a Rocky Mountain front sight for my 1886 as it now has a German silver knife blade on it and while it’s nice I want what it should have.  If anyone has one in decent shape, doesn’t have to be perfect because the rifle isn’t perfect, let me know and maybe we can work out a deal.

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Still looking for this, if anyone can help me please let me know.

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If you know the height of the one you need repos are on Ebay all of the time.  $20 to $75.  Good ones look like the originals.   If not, go to the collector type guns shows.  Like Cody next month. 

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Chuck,

Rarely do I see a Rocky Mt sights on Ebay let alone a repos. You do see a lot of Knife blades being called Rocky Mt.

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1873man said
Chuck,

Rarely do I see a Rocky Mt sights on Ebay let alone a repos.

Is that because they’re rare, or because sellers don’t know what to call them?

Winchester didn’t invent the name–Marlin listed the same sight with the same name.  When was it first used?

Why was it popular?  It’s as poorly designed a sight as was ever made, almost as bad as the full-buckhorn.  The German silver sight on Erick’s ’86 may or may not be original, but it’s a better sight than the Rocky Mt. 

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The “Rocky Mountain” sights were standard on the Winchester Single Shot Rifles for more than 25-years. Those with the blued steel blade and the vertical platinum insert were the most common, and I shot quite well with them until my eyesight started to go downhill in my mid 50s.

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clarence said  Is that because they’re rare, or because sellers don’t know what to call them?

Winchester didn’t invent the name–Marlin listed the same sight with the same name.  When was it first used?

Why was it popular?  It’s as poorly designed a sight as was ever made, almost as bad as the full-buckhorn.  The German silver sight on Erick’s ’86 may or may not be original, but it’s a better sight than the Rocky Mt. 

I check Ebay everyday for all kinds of stuff and sights are just one of them. I think its been a couple months since I seen one and it wasn’t very nice. I like the platinum inlay in the Rocky Mt but if the letter says Rocky Mt or German silver knife blade it gets what the letter says.

They first showed up in a the catalogs in 1884 but my research shows the first one to letter in 1879.

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1873man said

They first showed up in a the catalogs in 1884 but my research shows the first one to letter in 1879.

It’s in the ’82 Marlin cat.

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1873man said
 I like the platinum inlay in the Rocky Mt but if the letter says Rocky Mt or German silver knife blade it gets what the letter says.

They first showed up in a the catalogs in 1884 but my research shows the first one to letter in 1879.

Bob  

My 1886 letters with a Rocky Mountain, but at one point in it’s life it had a knife blade put in. 

I am looking for the one that Bert mentioned, I haven’t seen one in a long time, maybe I’m just not checking the right places?

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 The German silver sight on Erick’s ’86 may or may not be original, but it’s a better sight than the Rocky Mt.   

The German blade isn’t original, it letters with a Rocky Mountain, I’m trying to get it back to original.

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impalacustom said                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I haven’t seen one in a long time, maybe I’m just not checking the right places?  

There is not really any places that they show up on a regular basis any more. Years ago you could find them quite often. There are less sight dealers than there use to be. You just have to keep looking.

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impalacustom said

The German blade isn’t original, it letters with a Rocky Mountain, I’m trying to get it back to original.  

Did you call Mike Richards?  Just looked in my stash.  Thought I had a repo Rocky Mountain.  Both are knife blades.

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I have an original Winchester Rocky Mountain I can part with.  These sights are hard to find.  There are lots of low quality reproduction sights out there but the original Winchester sights are distinctive.  The mounting base is curved in profile.  No one else made it like that.  Don’t trust eBay sellers to know what they have.

This sight has 3/8″ dovetail and is .285″ high.  It’s condition shows it has been on a rifle.  See Madis The Sight Book page 50.  I believe this is a 79E.  

$75 post paid to the lower 48.  PM me if interested

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Bill Hockett said
I have an original Winchester Rocky Mountain I can part with.  These sights are hard to find.  There are lots of low quality reproduction sights out there but the original Winchester sights are distinctive.  The mounting base is curved in profile.  No one else made it like that.  Don’t trust eBay sellers to know what they have.

This sight has 3/8″ dovetail and is .285″ high.  It’s condition shows it has been on a rifle.  See Madis The Sight Book page 50.  I believe this is a 79E.  

$75 post paid to the lower 48.  PM me if interested

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Bill, I will buy that from you.  I am in and out a lot now but I can pm you and get your info this evening if that’s ok?

Thank you all for your help.

Eric

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Sold to Eric

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