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Old 12-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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I just added a pre-owned Win 94ae 30-30 to the collection and I really like the rifle.





As you can see I ran out of targets so I just grabbed computer paper and tried for dead center at 100 yards. My first attempt was up-left.





I adjusted elevation and tried again and the results were better. 2 out of 3 in the center.




Subsequent hits were disappointing. The problem aint the gun. It's my eyes. I can see the rear sight notch and the target clearly, but the front sight post and bead blur on me...I lose it in the V. I'm thinking a dab of luminescent paint on the front sight bead might help it stand out more.

It sucks getting old.

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Old 12-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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I just added a pre-owned Win 94ae 30-30 to the collection and I really like the rifle.





As you can see I ran out of targets so I just grabbed computer paper and tried for dead center at 100 yards. My first attempt was up-left.





I adjusted elevation and tried again and the results were better. 2 out of 3 in the center.




Subsequent hits were disappointing. The problem aint the gun. It's my eyes. I can see the rear sight notch and the target clearly, but the front sight post and bead blur on me...I lose it in the V. I'm thinking a dab of luminescent paint on the front sight bead might help it stand out more.

It sucks getting old.
Go ahead and open up the sights and add some paint..can't hurt. May even want to try adding a tang peep sight.

Do you wear glasses?
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You could replace the sights with new fiber optic sights. They make a world of difference.

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Thanks Tim & Mac, I think fiber optics is the way to go. I've been pricing them, they're very affordable. Dammit I used to be lights out with iron sights at 300+ yrds.

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Thanks Tim & Mac, I think fiber optics is the way to go. I've been pricing them, they're very affordable. Dammit I used to be lights out with iron sights at 300+ yrds.
i think that your eyes are part of the problem. as we age our eyesight will get worse, not better. problem is that it occurs gradually and we are not as aware of it.

i shoot rifles mostly that have scopes, and rarely go and get my glasses when shooting with open sights. i also have model 94 in 30-30 and refuse to put a scope on mine either. i did put some White-Out on the front post to make it stand out against the rear notch and it did help.
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i think that your eyes are part of the problem. as we age our eyesight will get worse, not better. problem is that it occurs gradually and we are not as aware of it.

i shoot rifles mostly that have scopes, and rarely go and get my glasses when shooting with open sights. i also have model 94 in 30-30 and refuse to put a scope on mine either. i did put some White-Out on the front post to make it stand out against the rear notch and it did help.



Thanks Axxe, I might try the white-out or a tiny dab of luminescent paint before I replace the sights with fiber-optics. My vision is good except for reading...things about arms-length away, like a front sight, are getting fuzzy. I don't want to put a scope on this rifle because I'll use it for hogs right after dusk. John Wayne didn't have a scope on his Winchester and I don't want one on mine.
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My vision is good except for reading...things about arms-length away, like a front sight, are getting fuzzy.
Does that mean you're far sighted?
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One problem, you are shooting at nothing. Shooting at nothing, gives you nothing to focus your attention on.

Grab a black felt tip marker and put a bullseye in the center of the paper. Size of a half dollar.

That will make a world of difference.

You are looking at three things, all different distances. Impossible for a human eye to get a focus on all three at the same time.

Best bet is to focus on the front sight. That makes both the back sight and the target a little fuzzy.

Want a trick to make everything in focus? Make yourself a set of pin hole glasses. Get a pair of shooting glasses and tape over the lens. Except for a tiny pin hole. Look through that pinhole, and everything will be in focus.

Too dark? Larger hole.

Doesn't do anything? Smaller hole.

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One problem, you are shooting at nothing. Shooting at nothing, gives you nothing to focus your attention on.

Grab a black felt tip marker and put a bullseye in the center of the paper. Size of a half dollar.

That will make a world of difference.

You are looking at three things, all different distances. Impossible for a human eye to get a focus on all three at the same time.

Best bet is to focus on the front sight. That makes both the back sight and the target a little fuzzy.

Want a trick to make everything in focus? Make yourself a set of pin hole glasses. Get a pair of shooting glasses and tape over the lens. Except for a tiny pin hole. Look through that pinhole, and everything will be in focus.

Too dark? Larger hole.

Doesn't do anything? Smaller hole.
I like your post but I have found it rather hard to draw a dot on a deer before shooting it.
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Install a receiver sight on the Mdl. 94. That has been the most popular sight on lever guns for over 100 years.

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