Adding iron sights to new rifle

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by dogtag, May 4, 2007.

  1. dogtag

    dogtag New Member

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    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and I hope to get a answer to my delima. I thought this might be the perfect place to get a sound answer....my question is, I am looking for a rifle for a friend who fishes up in Alaska. He needs something large enough to defend himself from some of the larger bears up there and, he does not want a scope on a rifle...he mainly wants a new rifle in 338Magnum. The problem here is, the rifles in this caliber are mainly bored and taped for scope mounting. He is pretty set on a Ruger. No iron sights from the factory.

    Can he purchase a new 338 magnum and have open / iron sights added to the rifle by a gunsmith with-out having the integreity of the metal of the barrel compromised? Will adding iron sights to a new rifle like this damage or alter anything? such as over time will the barrel be damaged? Or would this not matter at all? I talked to a gun dealer and , he said that drilling or anything like this will in fact damge and or alter the performance or integrety of the metal. I spoke to Ruger and they say they do not do this type of work at their factory. This is the kicker, will the adding of the iron sights mess with any part of the rifle adversly?
     
  2. Rebailey

    Rebailey New Member

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    Adding Iron Sights

    Tell him to get the new Ruger 77 in .375 Ruger. It has iron sights and better bear gun.
     

  3. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    Add sites to a rifle with none!

    Hello all

    RON L here = SERESURPLUS



    Yes, you could do as the other poster said, get a rifle with the sites on it, thats an easy fix! Also you can get a "Smith" to order and install a set of sites no real problem, if he can't do that, he has no place doing scope installations!
     
  4. 1hole

    1hole New Member

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    Best irons for such a rifle would be a square post front and a receiver (peep) rear with the target apature tossed away.

    Excellant accuracy is possible and "two eyed" target pickup is nearly instanteous with just a little practice.
     
  5. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Iron sighted rifle

    I wholeheartedly agree with the poster who reccomended a ruger m77 alaskan in .375 ruger. It has a synthetic stock-great for alaskan weather,short barrel-makes for a very quick handling rifle-especially in brush,more than ample knockdown power-when being charged-NO gun seems big enough! I cannot imagine a rifle better for that purpose unless browning comes out with bar in that caliber. Another idea for kissing range is the puma lever action in .454 casull. Hardcast bullets in .454 is perfect for hunting or stopping a bear. Also it's a fast reloading easy carrying carbine altho you ain't going to have much time for reloading.
     
  6. romak-3

    romak-3 New Member

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    I'd have to go with one of those 44Mag carbines Ruger used to make or a Marlin45-70. Either one would knock the s--- out of anything you hit with it.
     
  7. fluffo63

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    ..i was thinking Marlin 45-70 also,myself i realy like Marlins new Rifles
    better than Ruger..:D
     
  8. gnoll

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    im going to have to take another look at a Marlin now
    now as for AK fishing and hunting i do this twice a year 1 trip to hunt and 1 to fish both times i go up with a good shoty (12 or 10) and a big bour revolver
    when i am fishing bear are not really a problem the bears sit on the shore and when you hook a fish they just grab your line and eat the fish you cant shoot them for that and they do have to be acting really aggressive and getting close to you b4 you can shoot them as of yet the bears have not been the problem
     
  9. SMARERIF

    SMARERIF New Member

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    Changing calibers permanently in my Lone Eagle .44mag

    Can my .44mag Lone Eagle be bored to accommodate the .444 Remington cartridge? Is the barrel (1989 vintage) tough enough to hold commercial .444? Are there good sources for L.E. turret parts, extractors, etc? Thanks
     
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  10. johnbrowning

    johnbrowning New Member

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    Browning XBOLT in 375H&H Mag. has an Iron Sight
     
  11. saputoarms

    saputoarms New Member

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    Am I missing something the OP said? Or is not the Ruger Guide Gun an appropriate selection for his needs? Just a suggestion, it's a Ruger, has the proper caliber, and it's got factory sights. Looks like a winner to me. Unless the color is undesirable.
     
  12. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Lots of things have changed since the beginning of a 6 year old thread. :p
     
  13. saputoarms

    saputoarms New Member

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    ahhh now THAT IS FUNNY. I guess he might not be looking for one at this point. That put a smirk on my face today for sure.
     
  14. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think you found it. Here is the link.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/guideGun/models.html
     
  15. johnbrowning

    johnbrowning New Member

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    Yepper didn't realize thread was that old. Anyway Browning or Ruger, I know which I'd prefer.