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Old 11-08-2009, 04:49 PM
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I am curiose where you set your dead zero at on the 30-30 with open sights. I have mine at 50 yards with the Hornady leverevolutions. any thoughts.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:06 PM
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I sight in for 100 yards with the understanding most of my shots will be within 60 yards. My offhand group size at either distance pretty much negates any reasonable bullet drop from 60-150 yards, I'm hunting, not shooting targets.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:11 PM
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Most of my hunting shots are less then a hundred yards as my vision for some strange reason is going away as I age a bit. So you think I should strech it out a hair to dead on at a hundred. Also, with the factory semi buck horn sight, doyou bury the front blade in the rear sight and use the very top of the bead as your point of aim?
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:42 AM
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I'd sight in dead on at 100yd too. Won't make enough difference to your close shots for you to notice.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:37 PM
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When using the bead type sights, I used the very top of the bead as the aiming point. Square blades (Sourdough type) are easier to use for me, and many others.

With a 26" barreled rifle, I sighted with the elevator in the lowest slot, then filed the front sight to be dead on @ 50 yards. I then had all the notches above for longer ranges. With the top sight set to the highest elevator notch, I was holding right on the 300 yard plate and hitting.

Shooting closer ranges like you mention, 75 or 100 yards is a good range to zero them right on. It's pretty open country where I shoot and walk. On most of my 94's, I have receiver sights, and like to sight in 3" high @ 100 yards. I'm then able to hold right on a coyote size critter to around 225-250 yards, and hold a little high @ 300.

With a receiver peep sight, you can try different apertures, and find the sweet spot that can sharpen your vision. It really works. "Ghost rings" are fine if your vision does well with them, but getting the right aperture can bring the front sight and game into focus. Merit used to make an adjustable aperture for peep sights. You could dial in the sharp focus size. Their widgets that attach to your glasses works the same, and makes pistol shooting easier. Both sights and the target in focus at the same time is nice. Just like being young again.

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Old 11-21-2009, 09:05 PM
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A 100 yard shot is uncommon,where I hunt.
I always sight in at 100 yards,but practice at 50 yards,from various positions,with that setting.
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When i take the scope off my 30-30 on monday, i will be siting it in for dead on at 50, as around here iv never shot a deer more than 40 yards.
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Thumbs up Question?

Are you shooting from a tree stand or ground blind that would limit your shots to 50 yds? (Like a bear bait, or a feeder) If not I agree with the others that 100 yds is good
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Are you shooting from a tree stand or ground blind that would limit your shots to 50 yds? (Like a bear bait, or a feeder) If not I agree with the others that 100 yds is good
The only thing that limits my shots to 50 yards is the terrain and vegetation. I hunt deer exclusively in the timber, all my shots are under 50 yards, a 100 yard shot would be very rare. So why would i want to sight it in at 100? i will practice at 100, but when all my shots occur at a much shorter distance its an easy decision.

No i dont hunt feeders, or bear bait, neither are legal in the state of oregon. I rarely use a tree stand, and never used a blind before.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:46 PM
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I to live in Oregon, and around 50 yards is were I get most of my deer. Around here its so crowded with timber 50 is a strech. Anyways, I ended up buying another win 30-30 parts gun that had a dandy nice williams peep on it. Needless to say its now on my shooter. I ended up setting the sight dead on at 75. That way I can fudge a bit either direction.
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So why would i want to sight it in at 100? i will practice at 100, but when all my shots occur at a much shorter distance its an easy decision.
Simple logistics. A 100 yard zero will have you 1/2" high at 50 yards and 10" low at 200 yards. 30-30 may have a rainbow arc but its not as bad as most people think till you get past 200 yards, then that old RN bullet goes down hill in a hurry.

Personally with iron sights I can't get a good bead on a deer at 150 yards but with a 100 yard zero I know the bullet is in the kill zone from muzzle to 150 and if your eyes are younger than mine or you use a scope or aperture sights and you do get a chance at a nice deer at longish ranges you can be assured the gun will do its part.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:28 AM
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I just got my first, a 4pt at 50 yds, williams peep on rear and blade front.
I only had time to quick sight in at 7yds, 1/2 in low. it worked! 1 shot, 1 step, 3 kicks. however I'm thinkin with my eyes, a 4x mounted low might be a good idea
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any suggestions for a setup? win 94ae, ranger
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Lyman and Williams both make aperture sights that will fit, pick one and go with it. There are express sights if you shoot up close and fast, same goes for ghost rings but I am to old and slow for that silliness and prefer to take a good sight picture before I squeeze a shot off.

Weaver makes a scope mount for your gun that will fit, top it with a 2.5x scope and you still have a fast aiming gun good for woods ranges.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:14 AM
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Thanks, a inexpensive (cheep) 2.5x sounds good. just need to find one
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Personally, I think a scope on a levergun is just wrong. No offense, that's just me. I am a fan of peep sights however, and being in my 50s with excellent eye sight that's starting to suffer just a little up close, they are perfect.
However, I do understand everyone is different, and many are not as fortunate in their sight as I. So, instead of a scope I wouls like to propose a red dot sight. Have you considered one? There are so many choices these days you can get about any configuration you prefer, including a real small holo type. I have an UltrDot tube type on a Rem 7400 in 270 Win, and it's at least as fast as open sights. I shot an eight pointer two years ago that was running through the woods at almost 100 yards. It happened so fast I know I could not have done it with a scope. With both eyes open, the bullet goes where the dot is. Simple as that! Unlimited eye relief, no parallax, it's almost point and shoot quick. Anyway, something to consider.
You can even get mounts that will go right into the dovetail that now holds your rear sight if you don't want to D&T.
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after getting the scope off, it annoys me that i had it on for so many years, it was very restricted with the scope, now its set free.
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ok, got a inexpensive 2.5x32, weaver rings and bases enroute.
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