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Elkhorse

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Is there an alternative to the tiny front ànd rear ladder sights on my .54 cavalry carbine?
I don't shoot long distance always under 75yds.
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If you are having trouble seeing the sights you might try an EyePal stick on disc on your shooting glasses. Your mid-barrel rear sight should be about pistol distance I'd guess. Also you might try safety glasses with just .5 adjustment to enhance the rear sight without blurring out the target. Otherwise I think a vernier tang sight is your next choice.

I'm about to turn 60 and have noticed my rifle sights are getting less defined - I blame the gun manufacturers :)
 

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That's the deal I can't see the front sight well.
My TC Hawken is still perfect, large front and rear.
Need larger sights, preferable bolt on.
 

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A piece of black electrical tape with a pin hole is pretty similar to the EyePal disc.
 

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Is there an alternative to the tiny front ànd rear ladder sights on my .54 cavalry carbine?
I don't shoot long distance always under 75yds.
Thanks
Maybe mount a Lyman bead up front and then a tang mounted vernier sight in place of the rear which would be removed. You don’t need to shoot long ranges to realize the benefits of the peep sight.
 

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I have two of them and changed both front and rear.
 

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Maybe mount a Lyman bead up front and then a tang mounted vernier sight in place of the rear which would be removed. You don’t need to shoot long ranges to realize the benefits of the peep sight.
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I use this, the plain version, it sharpens up the front sight on my Volunteer rifle.

 

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I use this, the plain version, it sharpens up the front sight on my Volunteer rifle.

Lots of people like those but the sharps sights are in a league all their own...
 

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