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Old 01-01-2011, 01:36 PM
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I recently bought a Winchester 1885 high wall by mirok in 22-250. It doesn't have sights, but it does have the threads for the read sight. I mounted a nikon 4.5-18 by 40mm buckmaster with the bdc reticle. I have fallen in love with this gun but have been thinking about getting rid of the scope and going with the original style sights. Would this be feesable and/or affordable, and will I be able to shoot accurately with practice. Also do I have any options on beefing up the caliber. I've shot a hog dead center between the eyes at 50 yards and I think I saw him laugh at me, then a turkey at 75 yards and he flew away never to be seen again. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:15 PM
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If you want to mount iron sights (or aperture sights) to the rifle, you'll need to have a gunsmith cut a dovetail into front end of the barrel. I don't know the cost, but it's probably not that much. You can shoot quite accurately with metallic sights, particularly using aperture front and rear, but with a varmint cartridge like the .22-250 you'll be limiting yourself to closer ranges.

The .22-250 is a very potent varmint cartridge, but it's not really designed for hogs - particularly with head shots, where I understand hogs have a stout skull plate that tends to deflect most lighter bullets and takes some power to penetrate. As for the turkey, you probably missed it, or possibly shot through a wing. A solid hit to the body would probably cause the turkey to explode. You could try some of the heavier weight, more solidly built bullets and keep to heart shots on hogs, but I personally would prefer a heavier caliber.
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