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phil swill

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ladder sight
« on: December 01, 2007, 11:14:22 AM »
Has anyone had any experience with the Smith Enterprise ladder type rear sight?

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 03:43:14 PM »
Yep, I have two of the ladder/buckhorn flip sights. One on my H&R .45-70 Buffalo Classic, and one on my Marlin 1895 .45-70. They work well.

The hardest thing was to sight in the rifles with the buckhorn sight, since the buckhorn isn't adjustable for elavation. I had to swap out the front sight on the Marlin for a shorter one to zero it at 100 yards with the buckhorn. I was lucky with the H&R, as the buckhorn works fine with the stock front sight out to 100 yards.
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phil swill

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 04:59:26 AM »
Thank you Lazurus, that is exactly what I wanted to know.

Lefty Dude

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007, 05:16:08 PM »
I have the Smith sight on my Winchester Legacy 26" octagon barrel 30-30. It works very nice, much better than the Marbles tang sight it came with.

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2007, 06:55:58 PM »
Great sight, very well made.  Only downside is it isn't adjustable for windage.

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007, 08:21:13 PM »
Thanks for the input gang.  I wonder how they compare to the cimarron (uberti?) ladder sight for their henry.

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007, 09:04:55 PM »
NO comparison.  The Henry sight is a casting and downright crude compared to the machined steel Smith sight.

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007, 05:18:12 AM »
I want to get one for my Marlin 1895 CB 45/70, but from what I understand Smith quit making them?
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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2007, 01:39:13 PM »
I don't think they make them anymore.

I picked up one six months ago, and he took the last one he had out of his Machinist tool chest and I bought it at the shop.

They are doing Military contract work for the Navy/Marines.

phil swill

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2007, 07:59:36 PM »
Just in case someone can't live without one, I ordered one from Brownell's yesterday....In stock

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2007, 09:10:02 PM »
that was a lot of ones

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2007, 09:51:21 PM »
I bought mine from the Mfgr. in Tempe, Az., Smith Enterprises.

They made the sights for Brownell's. I am glad to hear that they have some in stock.

If Y'all need one I would buy them soon as I doubt any more will be made soon.

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2007, 09:49:49 AM »
Took delivery of my sight yesterday, excellent sight picture, looks good on the rifle. 

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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2008, 10:45:05 AM »
Phil, could we get a range report when you get it sighted in? Thanks Frank
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Re: ladder sight
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2008, 09:51:44 AM »
Buffalo Arms Co also sold the Smith sights, they may have some in stock.

I have the 1895 sight, it is not a buckhorn, it's pretty flat across the sight leaf, what I prefer.

Mine is on an 1895 Cowboy. I bought a Marbles 31W front sight to zero the gun at 50 yards for BP deer hunting. The factory sight on the Cowboy is the 50W (.5" high) and would probably have you shooting quite low with the leaf sight.

Be cautious about buying old Smith 1895 ladder sights. I had one and sent it back for a retrofit after they adopted some changes.
1. The sight of 5-6 years ago had no ladder markings. None, you had to count clicks of elevation with that ball detent or use a dial caliper to check elevation setting for long range target work.
2. The notch in the ladder elevator was cut way too deep. This gave a good flip up sight setting for 100-125 yards, but when you raised the sight for 200 yard work, so much light came from under the ladder sight notch that you would lose the rear sight picture. They reduced the depth of the notch cut and now have a much better sight picture. One drawback is the ladder's lowest setting now puts you about 4-6' high at 100 yards.

Uriah