I met Piguy today and made a swap for a beautiful little Rossi 44 mag. I've been wanting. When I got home and got my chores done it was time to shoot my new toy. I was walking out my back door and the gun slipped out of my hands. I caught it before it hit the ground, but not before the front sight hit the refrigerator hard. I fear the barrel band screw has broken and my sight is canted hard right. I shot her any way. At 30 yards it groups about 5 inches to the left. I am very pleased with this little rifle and wondering if anyone has done the up grades I'm thinking about. HERE'S what I want to do. Newer Rossi's have a front sights that are dovetailed into the barrel ahead of the barrel band. Mine has the front sight made into the barrel band. I would like to get a barrel band without the sight attached and new screw. Then I would like to get the barrel drilled and tapped for a ramped front sight, so I can install a fiber optic front sight. Then maybe get a barrel mounted Skinner peep sight. Again has anyone done any of this and what do you think of the mods. I don't care about reduceing the value of this gun because it will become a very functional hunter for me. Any ideas of cost for drilling and tapping a ramp base.
"Every man should know his limitations"... Clint Eastwood
If you have access to a drill press and a set of taps, it's not hard to do. You just want to make sure exactly where you want the holes and take the time to ensure that it's done right. I drilled and tapped the holes on my Rossi 62 pump 22 for the Marbles tang sight that I put on it.
Aim Small.. Hit Small
What matters is marksmanship, shot selection, and bullet construction (mass, diameter and expansion behavior). These are things that don't tend to be found in ballistics tables
357 Magnum For when you just absolutely, positively have to shoot something.
Ouch. Sorry for your trouble. It's sounds doable. Do you have a local smith that an do the work or will you JD to ship
It off? I would first talk to a lot of smiths and get a respectable price from reputable smith. It should take several months for
Him to get around to your gun.
In the mean time if you want to shoot your gun you can always whack the sight the other way to knock it back or order replacement parts.
Why don't you first go to Skinner Signts (under the forums in the site sponsors listings) and send them all the info (word for word) from your original post here. Ask them for any suggestions they might have. May help you plan a way ahead with the gunsmith.
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put a red dot on it and "fuh git aboutit"