Why is Skinners an unpopular site? Are we all so scope oriented that we care nothing for iron and brass sights anymore? Maybe Skinners have closed their doors by now; I don't know. But with all the talk of accuracy and hunting and ruggedness of rifles, why has Skinner fallen by the wayside? Skinner is arguably the best of peep sight arrangements. Lyman and others offer quality stuff, but Skinner will make just for you what you need. My favorite rifle is equipped with Skinner sights, front and rear, visible in any light. What say you? What sights do you prefer over custom Skinners? I fear that the modern rifleman has given himself over to scopes, not knowing or caring what peep sights can do. Especially if you shoot a rifle with heavy bullets like 45/70, 44M, .444 and others, which have limited range. And limited range is to me what hunting is about. For lever actions and single shots, a scope is almost blasphemy, in my opinion. Have we forgotten our heritage? Even before the end of caplock muzzleloaders, the advantage of adjustable peep sights came into being.
Personally, I don't and never will own a rifle with a telescopic sight. I'm not a sniper nor do I have a need for every advantage available to the modern hunter against game. I don't need or want scent lock clothes, not do I prefer Gortex over wool. The things that make us comfortable in the wilderness are the very things I shun. Old fashioned? Yes. Optics take advantage of a gun's inherent accuracy, I know. But a rifleman, a true rifleman, ought to look or at least glance backward into real marksmanship and the true challenge of hunting. To rest your modern synthetic-stocked bolt action on a tripod and peer through a magnifying scope to kill an animal at long range IS NOT HUNTING. It is merely shooting. And the challenge of even just shooting is negated by the crutch of a scope.
Hey. Just my opinion. In these modern times where everything is about ease and comfort, we have lost the spirit of shooting and hunting.