replacement sights for 03A3 - recommendations?

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  1. w1spurgeon

    w1spurgeon Member

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    I purchased my first 03A3 recently and, while I love the rifle, the sights leave much to be desired. Can anyone recommend an improvement? Can a rear sight with a smaller aperture be purchased....and if so, where?

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  2. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

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    w1,
    I am far from being a tech guy, but I had the same problem, and solved it by purchasing an 'adjustable' aperture. Open it a bit on cloudy days, close it a tad on sunny days.
     

  3. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I put the Lyman aperature rear sight with the adjustable aperture insert on mine in the late 40s. I then installed the Lyman hooded front sight with the replacable inserts.

    Using this sight set up, I shot 1000 yards for many years, while I could still see well. For hunting, I would take the rear aperture out nad install the blunt post. For 800 and 1000 yards, I would put the adjustable aperture in and set it for a clear picture of my front sight. In the front I would put one of the ring inserts, as they just subtended the bull at 800 and 1000 yards. At less than 800 yards I'd use the fine bead sight, which had a gold dot glued on it.

    This worked for me.

    Pops
     
  4. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

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    Either Lyman or Redfield of 1940's or 50's vintage are the best quality. You'll likely have to find one at the local gun show.
     
  5. w1spurgeon

    w1spurgeon Member

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    Pops - I can't even SEE 1000yds, let along aim a gun at that range.

    Is there a specific model of Lyman or Refield sight that I should be looking for?
     
  6. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/sights/57-receiver-peep.php

    http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/sights/series-17a.php

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=7962&title=LYMAN RECEIVER SIGHTS

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=7959&title=TARGET FRONT SIGHT

    Check with Lyman to make sure you get the right one for the rifle. They are great to work with and will help you.

    I have received good reports on the Redfield sights, also, but haven't used them myself.

    I can still see 1000 yards, but I have to put the 400mm lens on the camera or pick up the 60x spotting scope to do it. :D

    Pops
     
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  7. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

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    w1, I finally remembered the maker of the adjustalbe peep sight, "Merit Adjustable Apertures". You might want to give 'em a look.