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    I just ordered two of the blued flat top front sights from Skinner sights and the enamel paint pens. I think the blue flat top front sight with a 6 o clock hold will definitely help with shooting accuracy. I have had some success with a brass bead sight but when shooting for groups I found the size of the bull to be very critical, too small and the bull gets lost behind the bead and too big and fine precision is lost. I'm hoping with the flat top front sight and 6 o'clock hold to get around that issue of the bead obscuring the target or animal.

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    Old eyes here too.I've been getting a tin coat of white followed by a tin coat of flo orange on front sights.Rear sight gets a white triangle.Easy to remove with just scratching if you don't like it.Here is a pic of my muzzy with it.Don't have pics of reg sights but you get the idea.
    Pictures 016 by t410er, on Flickr
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    Thanks everyone's replies. Thanks to you 410er for the photo.

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    Not to change the subject, but that 6 O'clock front sight hold on a six inch diameter target at 100 yards (zeroed 3 inches above the sights on any target really), transfers over well to deer hunting, that is, puts the rounds right in the middle of the six inch shoulder/shoulder tuck kill zone, and is good out to whatever range the bullet drops 3 inches.
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    Sorry if this has already been covered--haven't read the whole thread yet.

    I read somewhere--maybe on the Skinner site or maybe in a magazine or maybe here somewhere--that the blued sight tends to produce tighter groups than the brass. I'm guessing due to higher contrast. However, I put a brass front on mine because I like the looks of it better with the blue/brass rear peep. That was just my priority. I still hit stuff with it.

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    Send out and get the Skinner front Patridge style sight. You order them tall and file them in. You won't find a better style for older eyes. They do also sell the Merit adjustable aperture for your rear that helps me a lot.
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    This may be moot since you need a new front sight anyway, but when it comes to the brass beads I found polishing it occasionally with Scotch-brite (or similar) helped me a lot in visibility. Brass tends to oxidize and/or get dull after a while making it somewhat harder to see. A little clear lacquer on it afterwards can't hurt slowing that process down too. I don't have one, but this probably applies to a brass blade type as well. Whichever you try, don't see why you can't paint either material with white or orange after if that's what it takes, ha! Good luck to you...
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    With open sights I prefer an ivory bead. With peeps, I do best with a flat top post.

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    Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and insight. I presently have a blued front sight with a brass bead. I see the black portion of the sight just fine but in some lighting conditions, have trouble seeing the bead. I've decided to go with the blued front sight. As recommended by some, I went ahead and purchased the white and orange paint pins. I'll see how it goes without the paint and add it later, if needed. Everyone provided great comments and good advise. Thanks to all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 410er View Post
    Old eyes here too.I've been getting a tin coat of white followed by a tin coat of flo orange on front sights.Rear sight gets a white triangle.Easy to remove with just scratching if you don't like it.Here is a pic of my muzzy with it.Don't have pics of reg sights but you get the idea.
    Pictures 016 by t410er, on Flickr

    Great idea 410er. I purchased the blued front sight and painted the edge as you recommended. Works like a champ. Thanks for the recommendation.


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