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Old 09-05-2016, 09:46 AM
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Well I FINALLY got out yesterday with a friend to do some shooting - first time after my eye surgery. All went well but I need to make a few 'adjustments'. The 'ghost' double image of the front sights on my open iron rifles is going away and actually when concentrating on the front sight it was mostly a 'single' image. It appears my right eye is now dominant and when shooting a pistol I noticed I was aiming with my right eye and had to force myself to aim with the left but I'll have to see how this plays out. Scoped rifles are not even a challenge as the image is now clear and sharp. I shot my 1968 Buffalo Bill Commemorative very well with the Williams receiver sight and a bead front. The only problem I ran into was my 1899 Winchester was shooting about 15" high at 50 yards - and the rear sight was at it's lowest position. I did have to put a new sight on it when I got it as the original was bent and I had a hard time 'tweaking' it to get it straight again - and the rear blade was rusted in the groove. I eventually got it out and cleaned up and opened up the 'V' groove to a 'U' shape but the new sight was clearer to see through. I suspect the high shooting issue is due to the front sight being so short. It is the original tapered blade style with the set screw and it's probably not much more than about an 1/4" high so a taller sight will be in order.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:49 AM
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That's very good news!!!!

My eye doc says I don't have it yet, just macular degeneration, but if I take these pills (and I have) and it won't get worse (and it hasn't) going on three years of the pills.

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Old 09-05-2016, 12:03 PM
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Yea did better than I expected - now if I can bring my 1899 down about 15 inches I'll be even better! I can't imagine it always shot like this - and the original rear sight isn't any lower than the new one - which is actually off of my Buffalo Bill so it's a Winchester sight. And I am shooting 10 Gr of Unique with 100 gr Hornady half jacket PFP bullets that were showing approx 1700 +/- FPS (friend had a chrony) so I don't think it was a matter of trajectory. Now the front sight looks a little 'bent' over to the right (slightly) so that is probably also part of the problem.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:58 PM
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Cataract surgery on my right eye two years ago. I can shoot iron sights again. I hope to get my left eye done this winter. It makes driving at night much nicer.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:38 PM
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Did we have cataract surgery when the Original Seven astronauts stepped into Space for the first time? If we did not, the money and effort to go there was very well-spent. So much technology we now call commonplace came out of the effort to reach the Moon. Once we reached to Moon, the technology to get there has taken us even further on Earth in these ensuing decades.

Think if John Kennedy had not ever said we'd get there in less than ten years? Would we today have cataract surgery to save our eyesight? Would we today have artificial hearts to keep us alive while medical technology races to save countless lives without a machine attached to our bodies?

Think if Kennedy had been advised to leave out what he said because it sounded too crazy. Now, that is a scary thought...
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:17 PM
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Well I think I solved the problem of my 1899 shooting too high - the new(er) rear sight I put on it to improve the sight picture sets about 1/4" taller than the original and with the front being right at a 1/4" - a quick check on a sight height calculator put the front about 1/4 too low so I reinstalled the original full buck horn. Not as nice a picture with the later style but I think this will solve the high shooting problem. Maybe a Lyman tang sight is in my future?
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