All rounds were on a 12" paper bullseye target at 250 yards. The energy of the .30-30 at 250 yards was 945 ft. lbs. and the .45-70 was 942 ft. lbs. In contrast, the .243 85 grain bullet has 977 ft. lbs at that range and the diameter of the bullet is smaller (meaning less blood trail). Much like the .45 ACP, its not the bullet, its the sights that limit you. Put good reliable iron sights on your weapon and take advantage of its potential. The fun and sport of shooting iron sights is both challenging and satisfying. Come on, John Wayne didn't have a scope on his rifle! *NOTE: After this writing, a test was done on the .30-30 to compare hold points (the top of the flat on the front sight blade, compared to the center of the aperture on the DW Battlesight). A rear peep was used. All rounds hit the 12" paper bullseye target at 175 yards. The top of the flat group measured 4.625". Using the aperture (hole) of the DW Battlesight (and clicking down the peep), the group measured 1.625". This is better than 50% improvement.
7" Group @ 250 Yards (Three rounds)
4-3/8" Group @ 250 Yards (Three rounds)
I have taken deer at 325 yards with a .45-70 and a 300 grain HP bullet, and an antelope at 275 yards, so I know the old round gets it done with one bullet and an iron sight. The antelope went straight down and the deer only went about 20 yards. We know of an old pistolero (Elmer Keith) who killed a wounded mule deer at 600 yards with a .44 magnum. Surely the vintage .30-30 and .45-70 will take deer at 250 and 275 yards? Below are groups shot at 250 yards using a DW Battlesight front sight and a rear peep.
September 26, 2013
Oldies but Goodies... Most hunters and many writers will tell you the 30 WCF (30-30) is good for 100 yards and at a stretch, 150 yards. The same is often said about .45-70's, the .38-55, or even the .444. Below are some interesting statistics:
September 20, 2013
I would like to introduce an improvement over the notched rear pistol sight....the pistol peep sight. (Made especially for those eyes that may see a little bit fuzzy.) It's important to know that at 100 yards, the notched pistol sight obstructs approximately 8 feet horizontally (4 foot on each side of the conventional front sight). While the DW Battlesight front sight has an aperture to alleviate some of this problem, the addition of our new pistol rear peep sight reduces the obstruction to no more than 24 INCHES at 100 yards! The military found it is easier to teach a shooter to use a peep on a rifle, why not a pistol? Having shot both, I prefer a peep at any range, especially past 50 yards. It very much compliments our DW Battlesight front sight, and provides even better clarity. The finished product will have a mechanical (audible) click when turned 180 degrees in either direction and an Allen set screw if you wish to lock it in place. All you need to adjust elevation are your two fingers. Remember, in order to hit the target, you have to be able to SEE it! One more thing.....If a soldier or marine is firing his pistol at a bad guy and the bad guy next to him (left or right) his about to fire an RPG at you, wouldn't you want to be able to see him? Seeing more and obstructing less really is a BIG DEAL!
P.S. For those content with shooting at 25 yards, but would like much faster target acquisition, we will also have a larger rear peep sight available soon. It is not as accurate at greater ranges, but it gives you far greater speed at lining up your shot for close range.
September 17, 2013
History has proven (ie: US Military) that the receiver peep sight works best for engaging targets past 75 yards. The receiver peep is also easier to train shooters to use effectively. Unfortunately, receiver peeps that are presently manufactured require tools to make adjustments, and are not repeatable for precise shooting. Good luck moving it back to where its supposed to be and shooting the same spot. The US Military has a quality peep that works very well, starting with the M1 Grande or earlier. It has become our desire to offer a peep with repeatability that can be adjusted in the field using only your thumb and forefinger. Those who have served in the infantry appreciate the old battle sight zero and ability to click up or down to engage targets well past 300 yards. The DW Battlesights have allowed shooters to use the top of the flat of the front sight (or center of the circle) for greater range and now they will have the capability for more precise shooting at greater ranges. Sportsmen who get little satisfaction taking game with a scoped rifle that is easily knocked off its zero and requires extra TLC in the field will find iron sights a lot more fun and challenging.
At 150 yards, the .45 ACP 1911 with 5" barrel shoots approximately 5-7" to the left (curve). The head is placed in the circle at 7 o'clock.
At 175 yards, cut the circle in half and set the rear sight across the shoulders. Hold right, and it shoots 9-10" to the left.
At 200 yards, cut the circle in half and set the rear sight across the shoulders. Hits target about 20-22" left of hold point.
Concerning pistol rear sights and hidden target area.....a 1911's rear sight hides approximately 8 to 10 feet of target area at 100 yards, and 16 feet at 200 yards. A sight is needed that covers far less of the target area. The rear sight needs to be adjustable for elevation by the shooter without the need for a screwdriver or wrench, and needs to accurately return to its zero. This may be a big wish list, but hang on its coming....!
In shooting the 1911 .45 ACP at ranges past 125 yards, a phenomenon occurs. The bullet curves to the left as it slows down. At ranges of 150 yards and out to 200 yards, this becomes more prevalent. For this and other good reasons, we need to see more of the area around the target in order to shoot accurately. Remember if you are on at 55 yards, you will be 22" low at 125 and 77" low at 200 yards. Yes, you're in good shape out to about 70 yards (with a zero of 55 yards) but the .45 ACP has more energy at 150 yards than a .38 special at the muzzle or a 9mm at 50 yards. So why not take advantage of it? The .45 ACP, 9mm, .45 magnum, and .357 magnum would all benefit from a sight that: allows more visibility of the target area, has the ability to adjust up and down for elevation without the need for tools, and has the ability to return to its original zero (repeatable).
The following sight pictures all work well for me:
September 12, 2013
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