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My Pop put a clark rear sight on his ruger SBH 20 years ago.  THe sight picture is so much better that on teh new rugers its hard to describe.  I am going to upgrade my rear sight.

Has anyone put one of Bowens on thier ruger?  I am either going to use it or the Millet.  The Millet is 1/2 the price of the bowen.  

Is the bowen worth it?
 

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Matt,

Now you know as well as anyone that everyone has different opinions on such things.  And my simple opinion is that it is worth it.

I have a Bowen rear sight on a 7 1/2 Bisley custom 475 Linebaugh and it recoils a little bit.  Well I have never had that sight out of adjustment.  When I go to squeeze off a round I know that it will hit right where it hit yesterday.  I had that sight on for 2 years and never had to adjust it.  When I do adjust it, it is because I use different loads and know how many clicks it takes to get to the other loads.  And I can count back and forth and it stays right on.  

That gun fell out of a holster here a while back on a brush covered rock side hill.  And MAN DID THAT THING BOUNCE!!!!  <!--emo&:(--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':('><!--endemo-->

Checked the sight the next day and again it was still right on. <!--emo&:)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'><!--endemo-->  That would have never stood up with the original that I am sure of.  It would come out of adjustment from being put into a holster it seemed.???

I haven't used the Millet but I have a friend who has them on both of his 475 Long's and he is happy with them.  But he has them locked down and uses inter-changable front sights.  So I don't know how they stand up to recoil.

Hope this might help a little,

Will
 

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I have two of the Bowens and am sure you can't find a better rear sight.  Both have the same lower end adjustment as the factory sight and finer and more positive adjustments.  The sight picture is ideal being the same width as the factory rear and looking a lot like a high standard target sight from the rear.
 

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Clements front sight

Greenhorn Dave, I have been thinking that I would like a Patridge type front sight like you describe Clements as having put on your revolver. Are you truly finding that it gives a much better sight picture, especially reducing glare? How much did he charge? I presume he cut off the old sight and installed his or did he shorten the barrel and install his? I also would ideally like less barrel/cylinder gap. It is presently at about 0.008". How much did he charge to reduce the gap and what gap did he set it to? Thanks, Brian C.
 

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Brian -
Mr. Clements set the gap to about .003 and the gun shoots better than ever. About his prices, I'd rather not say, but I think he is very fair and you should give him a call to get a quote for whatever work you want. 662-256-9626 in Mississippi.
ABOUT THE SIGHTS:
I purchased and installed a Bowen rear sight on my SBH. It is a GREAT improvement. It was a tight fit, but it did fit. I just needed patience and had to buy an inexpensive punch (1/16 inch I think) to drift out the pin that holds the sight in place.
Once I did that, the rear sight was so good I was no longer satisfied with the front sight, so I saved up a few $$$ and sent it to gunsmith Dave Clements in Mississippi, 662-256-9626, to get the cylinder throats honed to the same size and get a better front sight. He custom makes one that is the same height as the original, but is like a rectangle shape so the back face is serrated like the original Ruger front sight, but it is nearly vertical and doesn't reflect light like the original. See the photo below. Now I have a front and rear sight combo that is outstanding.
By the way, I thought Mr. Clements' prices were fair and his work excellent. He did those things, made it possible for the cylinder to spin both ways, set the barrel back for a tight gap, and softened some of the sharp edges around the trigger guard and hammer. He made a great gun even better.
Dave
 

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