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Old 11-06-2019, 05:42 PM
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I have been looking/thinking about one of these. Club I belong to has a slighty enlarged, old style shooting gallery. Distance is set at 15 yards. Short throw lever action like this would probably be lots of fun. What say the .22LR experts here?
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:23 PM
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i love just to shoot my BL whenever i can and where ever i can.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:50 PM
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I have been looking/thinking about one of these. Club I belong to has a slighty enlarged, old style shooting gallery. Distance is set at 15 yards. Short throw lever action like this would probably be lots of fun. What say the .22LR experts here?
The club I go to has the same type set up and the short throw is made for it.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:22 PM
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almost forgot.

i picked up the Micro midas too. but its still in the box.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:50 AM
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I have half a dozen .22s, including a Win 9422 and Marlin Mountie, but my BL-22 is my favorite. Mine has a Skinner peep on it.
I dismissed them years ago as being too light and small to shoot well, but as I've got older, I have come to appreciate the BL-22 more.

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Old 11-10-2019, 09:06 AM
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I have half a dozen .22s, including a Win 9422 and Marlin Mountie, but my BL-22 is my favorite. Mine has a Skinner peep on it.
I dismissed them years ago as being too light and small to shoot well, but as I've got older, I have come to appreciate the BL-22 more.
Were you able to use the original front sight, or did you have to get a taller one? I would like to upgrade the sights on my BL without turning to a scope.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:17 AM
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Mine took a .600 height sight.....also from Skinner.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:59 AM
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I have two BL-22's
One of mine was beat-up really good when I bought it. It was my first made in 1980. It was drilled and tapped on the side of the receiver for Williams peep sight. Which I had already and put it on. My newest is a Maple BL-22, my son in-law came over when I was not home and took it out. That one has a red dot on the receiver. He fell in love with that rifle and how smooth (his words) and how well it shot.

I also have a 1978 Winchester 9422 and a 1955 Marlin 39A Mountie. Love them all but my BL-22's are shot 10 to 1 over the other rifles. Really the other rifles are not shot hardly at all. I usually shoot my BL-22's and usually just the old beat-up one.

I love the compact size and short lever throw. I am a shorter individual so that lever throw I really like. I can operate it without taking my trigger finger hand off the stock. Just flick the hand open and closed. Just that fast.

Another thing the BL-22 has over everything else is the feed tube. It clips in at any position. Push the button it comes out. Never ever on it's own either.

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Old 11-10-2019, 10:20 AM
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Roddy, I used a .500" Marbles small brass bead, and it is barely high enough.
I like my peep to end up low down on the receiver, as it's sighted at normal closer shooting ranges.
You can always raise it for longer shooting.

At first, with the peep all the way down, I was still shooting about 1 1/4' high at 50 yards.
I found I could take out the aperture disc and rotate the post another 180 degrees, and then put the aperture back in.
That got me to around 3/4" high at 50, and it is right on at 25 yards.

A front sight of around .520"-.530" would be ideal for the Skinner.
As jcp1300 said, a taller front sight is available from Skinner, all brass so you can file it down lower if needed. But it is a really thick post, best used with a 6:00 hold.
I prefer to hold dead on and a thin (1/16") brass bead is better for me.
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:47 AM
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Thanks Sandog. One of my local shops has some Williams .538" fronts on the shelf...they should do the trick. Thanks again for the input.
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:47 PM
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roddy, my bad, I had .500" stuck in my head, but that was the height I tried at first and it was not tall enough.
I ordered the tallest Marbles sight from Skinner and it was a .570".
That's the one I'm using now.
So the .570" will be barely tall enough.

I'm not sure that Marbles or Lyman make a front sight taller than .570".
The all brass one from Skinner (.600") would be a good height if you don't mind the "pumpkin on a post" sighting, as it seems too thick to center the top of the sight on a target.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:15 PM
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roddy, my bad, I had .500" stuck in my head, but that was the height I tried at first and it was not tall enough.
I ordered the tallest Marbles sight from Skinner and it was a .570".
That's the one I'm using now.
So the .570" will be barely tall enough.

I'm not sure that Marbles or Lyman make a front sight taller than .570".
The all brass one from Skinner (.600") would be a good height if you don't mind the "pumpkin on a post" sighting, as it seems too thick to center the top of the sight on a target.

Thanks for the correction. The same shop has some .570" as well, but that sounds like it is borderline. I don't mind shooting 6 o'clock, but I don't like a thick post. My eyes appreciate a fiber-optic front, and Williams seems to have the smallest dia/brightest ones I have tried. I'm pretty sure they only go as high as .570" as well.

Skinner also makes a rear peep that mounts in the barrel dovetail (it is actually meant for the SA-22, but the BL seems to have the same odd-ball cut as that rifle). I'm not sure if I'll like a peep that far from my eye, but I can only imagine it being an improvement...

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Old 11-10-2019, 10:57 PM
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Just a suggestion, and I will also apply that most people do not like the way they look. But I am a Diabetic and my eye sight is not what it was when I was 20 years old. I can still use factory sights, and the peep sights are even better than factory sights. But what I enjoy using the most anymore is a Red Dot. I have Red Dots on several of my 22's, makes shooting so much more fun and enjoyable. A micro might even be better something like a Vortex Venom, but I like the tube type best.

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Old 11-11-2019, 07:14 AM
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That's a good looking Micro Midas, jstanfield.
I'll probably get to the point eventually where I have to go with the dot, but for now I can still do well with the peep.
I did try one of my Burris Fastfires on the BL, it worked great but sat up a bit higher than the irons.
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Old 11-11-2019, 09:49 AM
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That also looks good. We gave a couple more options for him anyway. Skinners are nice but as you get older your sight needs some help.
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