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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Default Front sight problem with Ruger Vaquero

This is a user error type of problem causing me to have to add to height of front blade or replace it altogether. Any help with how I could go about this would be appreciated. Don't have the money to send it to Ruger or have a gunsmith do it. It will have to be a DIY project.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-21-2016, 07:52 PM
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The existing sight can be built up with weld & dressed down to the desired height, then cold blues - just ensure that a heat sink (in the form of a cold/wet rag, say) is around the barrel right next to the sight, or with the barrel clamped directly in a metal vise (to transfer the heat from the barrel to the vise), or scale will develop inside the barrel.


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Ive been adjusting my handloads and my gripping of the gun to shoot closer 'to the sights'. Also, when I use my normal, everyday bifocals I get a less good view of the front sight than if I use my 'arms length computer' glasses; I cant define the blade in the 'notch' as well.
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You might try making a 'form' atop that front blade and using something like a black JB Weld epoxy. Make it taller than you think, or calc., you need (IIRC Brownell's has a chart for correcting handgun error; or look online, there is everything online now). This would be a fairly user friendly and reversible way to see if it improves things.
I have considered filing down the top of my rounded front blade some and filing in a 'dovetail', then making a 'blade extension' to fit in it. At this point Im thinking life is too short and I wont get aroundtoit.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 04:59 AM
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blade is silver soldered in so if you pull it you have to buy silver solder and something that produces enough heat to melt it. Shipping it to ruger would proabably cost left. The other option is to build it up by welding. A good welder could do it but I don't know what he would charge and if its a blued gun you then have to deal with bluing. If looks doesn't matter you might be able to build it up with jb weld and file it to shape. Another option is to cut your cylinder strap notch deaper with a file. Its proabably your best bet. Ive filed them before to correct for windage and elevation. One last thing that can do it is to change your load. A hotter load will allways shoot lower as will a lighter bullet. If your not stuck on your specific load its probably the best way to do it. Back when I was first into handguns heavily I did this a couple times. Figured I found a load and wanted it spot on so I filed. A month later I regretted doing it and was so stupid I did it over and over. Finally made a promise to myself that I wouldn't touch a file to a gun unless it was at least 2 years old and I KNEW that load was it for that gun!

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