Colt 1851 Sighting

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by kq6up, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. kq6up

    kq6up New Member

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    I have a Colt 1851 that shoots a pretty tight group, but that group is 3" high and 6" left of where I am aiming. That seems like it is WAY off at about 25 yards. Is this normal? I have heard the elevation can be adjusted by a gunsmith, but it would seem like I am stuck with the windage error. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Chris Maness
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Not sure if you'd want to do it on that gun but basically with the non-adjustable sights you file them. If you are hitting high you can either replace the front fight or aim lower. For windage you file the inside edge of the rear sight on the side you want to move the poi. Natural tendency will be to center the front sight. A little bit goes a long way. Do a couple passes and shoot a group. Do a couple passes and shoot a group. It's tedious but that's how it was done.
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Just make damn sure its not shooter error before you go filing. Not questioning you but I've seen people who consistently pulled when they started out and they adjusted the sights and with more experience with bp they stopped pulling or flinching and found the sights were now off.
     
  4. PrimePorkchop

    PrimePorkchop New Member

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    Please don't file it or adjust it. Just figure out how it shoots and adjust your aim.

    1851 Colt? ... :(

    I want it