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The Road Less Traveled:MOSSBERG
July 2012 No. 263
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4 Rifle 263www.riflemagazine.com Background Photo: 2012 Vic Schendel
16 Skinner Sights Mostly Long Guns - Brian Pearce
20 .204 Ruger Classic Cartridges - John Haviland
24 Shrapnels Sighting-In Day Down Range - Mike Venturino
28 Lessons from the Old School You can take the boy out of Germany . . . Terry Wieland
36 Hunting Rifle Triggers Options and Observations John Barsness
44 Semprio Krieghoff in the 21st Century Chub Eastman
50 Mossberg Varmint Predator An Unusual Approach to a Small Game Rifle Stan Trzoniec
56 Russian and Finnish Mosin- Nagants Some credit is due. Mike Venturino
64 Rugers 77/44 and 77/357 Magnum Rifles Field Worthy Bolt Actions Brian Pearce
8 The 6.5 Creedmoor Spotting Scope - Dave Scovill
12 Replacement Triggers for Bolt Guns Light Gunsmithing - Gil Sengel
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72 Whats New in the Marketplace Inside Product News - Clair Rees
82 The Dubious Quest for Cartridge Efficiency Walnut Hill - Terry Wieland
On the cover . . .Mossbergs new bolt-action Varmint Predator features an AR-15magazine and will feed both .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATOammunition; this one is topped off with a big Leupold variablescope. Photo by Stan Trzoniec.
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In August 2010, Andy Larssonpurchased Skinner Sights andimmediately began improving andexpanding the product line. Theyare primarily aperture or peep designs that are fully adjustableand are offered in stainless steel,carbon (blue) steel and brass, whilefront sights are a square post Patridge Sourdough style. The designs, and there are many, arestrong, simple, lightweight andwell thought out. They are pre-cisely machined from bar stock,making them suitable for hunt-ing, harsh field conditions, precisetarget work, speed shooting andplinking.
Andy Larsson shot NRA IndoorOpen Sectionals (Bullseye), win-ning the National Championshipin 1998. He also won the MontanaState Bullseye Indoor Champion -ship for seven years. He workedas a gunsmith, building customcompetition guns, and is currentlyan active cowboy action com -petitor. Obviously, Larsson is ashooter first and thus knows howsights should perform, adjust andhow they should look.
I am always amazed at the num-ber of shooters who dont under-stand the value of quality aperture
sights. Among those who grew upshooting rimfire rifles with factoryissued open notch and semi-buck-horn sights, then graduated toscope sights, I often hear com-ments like: I just never felt com-fortable with and neither do Iknow how to aim aperture sights.Or, I grew up with open sightsand never bothered with aperturesights. Regardless of the reason,if riflemen are not using an aper-ture sight, particularly on guns de-signed for steel sights, they couldbe missing out.
Aperture advantages include con-sistent light around the aimingpoint of the front sight, which al-lows the shooter to duplicate thesight picture and hold, regardlessof the position of the sun. By com-parison, open iron notch sightswill reflect the sun from whateverangle, which can change how theshooter sees that sight and canresult in aiming point and bulletimpact changes. (For the record,not all open sights are createdequal, with well-designed exam-ples still being good choices underthe right conditions and with theright set of eyes.) Savvy huntersappreciate that aperture sights aresuitable for those early-morningor last-of-daylight shots due to thegenerous amount of light aroundthe front sight and through theaperture, especially larger-hole ver-sions. We might say that they offeressentially 100 percent light trans-mission. Depending on shootingapplications, the aperture size canbe changed to best accommodatehunting circumstances, targets oreven individual eyes. Aging or im-perfect eyes that suffer from see-ing fuzzy or blurred traditional rear
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The Skinner Marlin 1895/336 aperture sight is adjustable for windageand elevation. Front sight blades are available in either blue or brass. A variety of aperture sizes are available that can be installed in justseconds.
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notch sights will also naturallycenter the front sight in the middleof the aperture, and groups will betight at least if the shooter andgun are capable.
With reasonable practice, sightacquisition and target align mentcan be incredibly fast, making aper-tures a great choice for brush andtimber hunting, dangerous gameand similar applications. Theydont fog, there is no parallax, theyrarely break and are lightweight.In spite of their being popular on leverguns and traditional-typefirearms, they are also a greatchoice for bolt-action rifles.
The aperture or peep sight shouldbe looked through (not at), withthe focus being on the front sight
and target. The eye will naturallycenter the front sight in the aper-ture. To the beginner, this mayleave an ungoverned feeling, butafter nailing a few targets, con -fidence will grow. Perhaps the placeto begin is to mount an apertureon a .22 rimfire and shoot it in volume until confidence is estab-lished.
In visiting the NRA WhittingtonCenter located in Raton, New Mex-ico, several years back with threeof my young sons, I took the op-portunity to help them developtheir rifle skills. My nine-year-oldtook a particular liking to a Brown-ing Model 1885 Traditional HunterLow Wall .45 Colt that is factoryfitted with a tang-mounted aper-ture rear sight. Using handloads,he was soon ringing steel targetsat 200 and 300 yards with severalperfect 10-shot strings. Naturally,he was small enough that he couldnot hold the rifle steadily offhand,but rather used a rest. Nonethe-less, it shows how even a beginnereasily learns how to align andscore with aperture sights.
If there is still some doubt of just how effective aperture sightsare, consider the many outstand-ing shooting feats performed bythe U.S. military (and foreign mil-itaries) for generations and with avariety of firearms. Aperture sightsare still being used today on AR-15/M16 rifles and others. Or per-haps study the accuracy leve