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Old 04-26-2011, 03:40 PM
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Elmer Keith and Express Sights!

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In this article Elmer discusses his changing ideas about close quarter sights for a rifle. I've been thinking of remodeling my 444 into a camp rifle with some thump for camping in the Rockies. 50 yards max and loaded with WFN 300 gr cast and some 200gr subsonics for rabbits.

As lever shooters are most likely to still use iron sights I thought it might make an interesting discussion. Personally, I'm a life long peep sight shooter. I'm still not sure the new fangled telescopes will catch on, lol. Tried them, hated them because of the way they interfere with hand carry onmy treasured 444. Scopes are real handy for hitting things though.

One thing is that some of the world's most serious hunters still swear by the shallow V Express sight for close work. Elmer sure agrees and when that man talks I listen.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:51 PM
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Actually, I like Elmer. He did a LOT for the hunters and shooters of this country. Some say Jack is the man and he was the best outdoor writer IMHO, but Elmer actually did more for us than Jack ever thought about (yes, I'm willing to debate others). All that crapola being said....

It depends on your rifle, stock make-up and eyesight which will make the right thing for you. If your eyes are anything like mine, aging.... you would more than likely do better with a peep sight than an express sight. My eyes can still see the front sight well enough to allow me to shoot sub 1" groups with a peep sight at 50 yards...with a big bore. If the stock fits and the peep lines up correctly, the shot will be on.
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