Originally Posted by snapbean
I did not get a chance to do much experimenting with different ammo and you're right to check that. I am really hoping to not have to put a scope on this little rifle, as the weight and balance is great as it is. One contributing factor is my 65 year old eyes, but I will keep trying - I'm pretty confident I can get it sorted out with a little time at the range.
I was curious as to the Skinner peep that is drilled and tapped into the receiver cover and if anyone has had experience with going that route.
.22 lr rimfire rifles are notorious for being very picky and you simply have to find out the hard way which ammo your weapon "likes".
I did testing on the three main after market iron sights for my Henry Golden Boy, which were Marbles, Skinner and a number of tang mounted vernier peep sights.
I forwarded my results, based on a request by one of the Henry folks, to them. Even got an email or two from Imperato with some pertinent questions. Got 3 hats and 3 mugs back.
I am 73 by the by.
It has long been known that the closer to your eye, to a point, and the larger the eyepiece, not the eye-hole, is, again to a point, the better the results.
The skinner sight was too far away from the eye to be the most effective. Some improvement but not much over the stock iron sights. In addition if it is mounted on the cover and you need to take the cover off, when you put back on odds are that the sight will have to be re-adjusted. On the Henry you only need movement to the tune of .0069" to change the POI 1" at 100 yards.
The Marbles eyepiece is too small and for "well seasoned" eyes and that is a major issue.
The vernier tang sights came out on top by a large margin as was expected but depending on which bells and whistles you want can cost more then the rifle. IMO those sights also add a "period" flavor to the rifle.
Mine looks like this:
This is a Pedersoli USA 433 mid range creedmore sight. The elevation adjustments are superb and the sight is robust. The windage adjustment is not thread adjustable but at ranges out to 100 yards that is not a deal breaker unless you are going to be shooting in paper competition and in a variety of wind conditions.
These pictures show some other advantages.
Unless the sight is "in battery" as shown in the above pic, you cannot see through the peep.
The sight folds backwards for either storage or skulking around the woods stalking Bigfoot so it does not catch on foliage etc.
Better yet it also folds forwards which not only covers the above but acts as a mechanical safety as you cannot cock the hammer back.
Last but not least is that the price is well under $100 and you can get from Track of the Wolf.
To set it up properly you need to determine the best distance from the rear of the peep to your eye(s) with your
"hold". Rarely will that be using the tang screws.
Consequently you need some method to determine that before you get the tang drilled and tapped so that you will not permanently alter the weapon before you finger that out for sure.
I have a write up on how to do that and you can even shoot the weapon to make sure it is set up right for you and since you did not alter the sight you can return it to TOW for a full refund if you don't like it. Good folks there.
If you are interested in how to do that then PM me and I can email the PDF to you.
With the tang sight installed and the ammo this rifle "likes" .75" 5 round groups are fairly common at 75 yards and 1.5"-2" for 5 round groups at 100 also. That is from a prone position. I have my own ranges.