New Skinner sight

david s

Member
The three forum threads that are currently running "Is anybody using these", "Vortex Viper red dot" and this one got me thinking. I have an acquaintance who has a Browning model 1886 in 45-70 that is factory drilled and tapped for the Lyman/Willams style peep sight. His eyes are where mine are headed and his rifle has a Burris red dot sight (Fast Fire?) mounted back by the rifles hammer. It is mounted on an aluminum piece of angle iron that is drilled to correspond to the factory holes and a couple of holes to screw the red dot down. It sounds weird but works pretty slick. And it doesn't inter fear with ejection at all. Its low not much higher than the factory sight and compact and doesn't hinder the bolt movement. It also allows him to keep hunting with a rifle he likes which is the best part. The basic mount looks like an inverted "L". One leg of the "L" on the receiver and the other "L" leg with the red dot over the action.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
that would certainly work.
I have a model 95 that was drilled and tapped for a similar set up. only they used 4 rather large screws and spaced them out along the frame.
in their garage,, on a drill press,, without turning on a light,,, or using a ruler to draw a straight line.
 

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
that would certainly work.
I have a model 95 that was drilled and tapped for a similar set up. only they used 4 rather large screws and spaced them out along the frame.
in their garage,, on a drill press,, without turning on a light,,, or using a ruler to draw a straight line.
Picky picky, boy some people are just never happy. :confused:
 

Jeff H

NW Ohio
Picky picky, boy some people are just never happy. :confused:
Oh, man! I LOVE guns like that! You can usually pick them up for one half to one quarter what a pristine example might demand, and if it still works, what's not to love?

That part about "not turning on the light" - I've always wondered how Bubba pulled off some of his particularly creative modifications. Now the secret's out.:cool:
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
it's in pretty good shape other than that and the attempt at a recoil pad.
I don't mind someone cutting a stock off and putting a pad on but they tried to bend the hard rubber around to fit the curve.
over the years it looks worse and worse.
i paid a bit less than 400 for the rifle and could have said no, so I'm not complaining too much.
but it would have been nice if they had left the rail in place so I could complete the project.
 

Jeff H

NW Ohio
............................but it would have been nice if they had left the rail in place so I could complete the project.
Yeah, that would help.

Easy to locate new holes on a receiver based on existing holes in a mount.

Not so easy locating new holes on a ("custom") mount based on existing holes in a receiver.
 
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fiver

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too bad I couldn't see the pictures.
a new Winchester is 1400$ adding the takedown and the sights I'm sure adds some to the price.

I'm all on board with having a lightweight lever gun in the truck/trunk at all times, in fact I usually have one there, but it's a 600$ model.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
When you get to a certain age, you will appreciate scopes and or red dot type sights on a lever. I use both types. Conventional rifle scope (Leupold 1.5 x 5 with illuminated German reticle) or Trijicon full size reflex, as pictured. I use the XS scout type rail system.

http://www.xssights.com/Products.aspx?CAT=8282


8974

Older I get the more I mount the Leupold, in the conventional manner, not the scout set up. Had to remove the aperture............not a big deal because it's useless for low light. Scopes aren't that ugly, as long as you use a low power/compact model. I like the XS rail because it allows for a choice of three different sighting systems. I find no appreciable POI changes, switching back and forth. I use Leupold or Warne QD rings with their attached levers.
 

CZ93X62

Redlands, Kalifornistan
I can still make buckhorn/open irons do the right things for me, but aperture sights are my favorite on leverguns and autoloaders. I had some pretty stern and hard-wired biases drummed into me at a young age concerning rifle sighting--my Dad never owned a scoped rifle in his life, and had SUPERB visual acuity. I learned on his rifles, and got proficient with the tools made available to me. I didn't own a scoped rifle until age 22. To this day, only 1/3 of the rifles in my safe "wear glasses". None of the leverguns and only one of the self-loaders have glassware.