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Remington style sights vs Colt style sights

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by TruthTellers, Mar 28, 2016.

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  1. TruthTellers

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    Since I've yet to shoot an open top Colt replica, I have a few questions for the "more seasoned" shooters here. So, between the two:

    Which sights do you favor and why?

    Which do you believe you shoot best with?

    Which types of shooting do the two sights have an advantage in (i.e. Colt is better for plinking or Remington is better for medium game, etc.)

    Which sights are easier to adjust the POA to the POI?

    Anything else I should know about the pros/cons and differences between the Colt and Remmy sighting methods?
     
  2. 44 Dave

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    At a full gallop looking down the barrel of an open top throws the lead closer to the target than trying to figure if that Remmey has a tall enough front sight.
    On the serious side with my old eyes the '51 is better for me than my '58 with dark back sight and dark front sight and Colts fit my hands better.
     
  3. Crawdad1

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    If you buy a newer Uberti Remington you'll have a dovetail front sight.

    http://www.taylorsfirearms.com/hand...ackstrap-brass-trigger-guard-model-100ch.html

    Or you can get one of these,

    http://www.taylorsfirearms.com/hand...mington-collection/uberti-1858-remington.html

    Or you can get Remington with a match grade barrel on it and adjustable sights.


    What I'm trying to say is there are just so a many more options available if you buy the Remington over the Colt. They both have primitive sights but the Remington has the better sights because they are more stable being the back sight is a grove running down the top strap.

    In my opinion the only advantage the Colt has over the Remington is the Colt has a brass front sight and is extremely easy to see even on an overcast day and/or deep in the woods. It shines like a beacon.
     
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  4. Branko_D

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    I'm going to say, the Remington sights are better for target shooting, but I'd wager Colt-type sights were plain better for combat shooting back in the day. It's easier to align the sights on target quickly with the Colt.
     
  5. rodwha

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    I don't own a Colt model yet, but will. Reading about the sights I've noted that there can be a little play in the hammer. Not conducive to accuracy. This can be fixed though.

    But having the notch in the hammer would increase the sight radius a little.

    My Pietta Remington NMA shoots a bit left. I've been wanting to dovetail an Uberti sight in so that I can adjust it to POA.
     
  6. BCRider

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    I'd never thought of the horseback thing. That's a VERY good point which highly favors the Colt. It just lends itself to being pointed much like a shotgun vs using the sights in a situation of that sort.

    In terms of STOCK delivered guns I'd take the Remington over the Colt any day of the week. The front blade of the Remington might be a touch thin for fast sight picture aquissition but at least old guy eyes can see the rear notch fairly well. Not so with the joke of a mark found on the Colt hammers.

    And then there's the issue that the Colt sights are zeroed in a manner that is intended to aim at the rider's horse at around 80 yards in order to hit the rider himself. They shoot WAY high for regular handgun distance targets. At least all the open tops I've got are like that.

    But if you swap the front sights on the open tops for something taller and use a needle file to deepen and widen the notch of the hammer to something usable then there's no clear advantage. I like both equally in that case.

    They are different but not in ways that are better or worse. Just different like two fine brands of chocolate. Both to be enjoyed for the variety each has to offer over the other.
     
  7. TruthTellers

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    Pretty much the reason I'm interested in the 1862 Police, to "taste" the variety :D
     
  8. Crawdad1

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    A Pocket Police?? Sights or no sights you'll fall in love just handling that little brute.
     
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