Old eyes, new rear sight Hawken M. River .45cal

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I have a Pedersoli Missouri River Hawken Percussion Muzzle Loading Rifle 45cal. I have never liked the long buckhorn rear sight and how close it is to the rear of the rifle. With aging eye sight, not a good mix. Today I changed the sight to a peep hole style (see photo). I also put a shrouded post on the front a few weeks ago. I used a home made temporary rear sight similar to one I seen on the Muzzleloader magazine. I made it the shape to my hex barrel. Lined this inside with tape so not to mark my barrel. I put a magnet on top to attach to the barrel for test shooting. The sighting post was about 25mm (1") long to start with. I cut it and put a new "V" in it each time I shot, until I got it marking targets where I wanted at 50 meters, (54.6 yrds). (I live in N. Ireland, part of the UK). I have to say, the first 6 rounds were more, "mortar launcher" than rifle. However, finally I got in control.
I like this new sight much better than the long buckhorn. I think it looks better on the gun. However, I'm not convinced that the sight picture will be a fine tuned as I will want. I'm to tired today to test it. Now when I was using the test removable sight I did like how it looked and sighted in. A simple flat top with a small "V" in the middle. I got some nicely placed shots with that. So If I'm not happy with this new sight, I will make a new one with a flat top and V. Anyway, I just thought I would share my day with you. Any good ideas, or if you have change a sight on your rifle let me know what you did and why.
Kind regards to you all from N. Ireland
Ps. apologies for some of the photos not being to sharp. My phone just wouldn't work for me.
 

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I have a Pedersoli Missouri River Hawken Percussion Muzzle Loading Rifle 45cal. I have never liked the long buckhorn rear sight and how close it is to the rear of the rifle. With aging eye sight, not a good mix. Today I changed the sight to a peep hole style (see photo). I also put a shrouded post on the front a few weeks ago. I used a home made temporary rear sight similar to one I seen on the Muzzleloader magazine. I made it the shape to my hex barrel. Lined this inside with tape so not to mark my barrel. I put a magnet on top to attach to the barrel for test shooting. The sighting post was about 25mm (1") long to start with. I cut it and put a new "V" in it each time I shot, until I got it marking targets where I wanted at 50 meters, (54.6 yrds). (I live in N. Ireland, part of the UK). I have to say, the first 6 rounds were more, "mortar launcher" than rifle. However, finally I got in control.
I like this new sight much better than the long buckhorn. I think it looks better on the gun. However, I'm not convinced that the sight picture will be a fine tuned as I will want. I'm to tired today to test it. Now when I was using the test removable sight I did like how it looked and sighted in. A simple flat top with a small "V" in the middle. I got some nicely placed shots with that. So If I'm not happy with this new sight, I will make a new one with a flat top and V. Anyway, I just thought I would share my day with you. Any good ideas, or if you have change a sight on your rifle let me know what you did and why.
Kind regards to you all from N. Ireland
Ps. apologies for some of the photos not being to sharp. My phone just wouldn't work for me.
i have the same rear sight on my tmr.45. and old eyes. one hundred and forty-three yards. blade front sight.
 

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