Old Redfield peepsight with positive lock on wind and elevation.
Shot using this rifle with DW Battlesight at 500 yards. Gong measures 19" x 16".
DW Battlesight mounted on
a bolt-action rifle.
Shot using this rifle with DW Battlesight at 200 and 400 yards.
6.5 x 55 equipped with DW Battlesight and Redfield peepsight. This cartridge was developed in the 1890's.
Why did I choose the 6.5 x 55 rifle to test the DW Battlesight? First of all, it mimics the trajectory of both the .308 and .223 out to about 400 yards. Here's an interesting fact: At 425 yards, the .223 has approximately 300 ft. pounds of energy and the .308 has over 1,030 ft. pounds of energy. However, the 6.5 x 55 has over 1,250 ft. pounds of energy. If you are an old veteran like myself, you may be wondering why the hell the US Army is still using the .223?
Some hunters say that its unethical to shoot at a deer past 150 yards. These same hunters will shoot small bullets that should reduce that range to 75 or 100 yards (ie: Using a .223 with 55 grain bullet at 100 yards = only 830 ft. pounds of energy). On the other hand, shooting a 4570, there's no reason a good hunter can't take game past 300 yards, given a good rest, good light, and a broadside shot. Hog hunters should be able to engage hogs (200+ pounds) out to 500 yards with the DW Battlesight and a weapon that exceeds 1,000 ft. pounds of energy or a large bullet (ie: a 4570 that exceeds 500 ft. pounds of energy at that range).
The DW Battlesight has multiple zeros. For shooting game, the kill zone is horizontal, whereas humans are vertical. A good receiver peepsight allows a hunter to be more precise. This is very evident at ranges greater than 125 yards. We are currently developing our own version of receiver peepsights and expect to have them available for sale within the next 90 days. It will have the same mounting screw pattern as the Williams and Lyman peepsights. It is important that the elevation adjustment be positive locking and repeatable from one range to the next.
August 24, 2013
DW Battlesight mounted on Winchester Model 94, 38-55. Note that you can see the blue sky through the sight post.
In conventional shooting, the top of the flat of the front sight is used to establish the aiming point in conjunction with the rear sight (peep or notched rear sight). That works well for shots at modest or short ranges. The circle aperture is normally used for long range (ie: Shilo Sharps 300-1000 yards).
BUT......WHY CAN'T YOU HAVE BOTH?
Now you can with a DW Battlesight! From field tests, we have learned that the top of the flat on our sight yields the best results out to 125 yards. Past 150 yards, the center of the circle on DW Battlesight is a more precise aiming point and continues to out perform the top of the flat on the post as range increases.
August 18, 2013
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