OK, thanks for the reply.
Man.........if I were to be paid by the hour for all of the time I have spent researching a *new* front sight for the Encore.........well.......I'd be able to buy another Encore, lol.
Seems my options for a new / taller front sight are...........
1] keep the original TC ramp, drift out the roll pin, fabricate a new / taller blade, perhaps from silver? and replace in the ramp. Trim to height as needed.
2] replace the front ramp with one that has a 3/8ths dovetail, choose the blade of my liking / correct height. Problem is trying to locate said ramp that has the 1.5" screw-hole spacing that the Encore barrel has. The must be a crap load of them out there, but finding one on the net.......
. XS makes / has them, but they don't ship to Canada.
A few more thoughts on choosing a front blade.
I already have a carbine with a peep with a 1/16th bead sight on the front. I really like it. I like to put the small bead RIGHT ON the POI, and being small, it doesn't obliterate the target. A straight blade sight won't really facilitate this, which is why I desire a small bead sight. I've pretty much given up on using one of the tritium sights, as they are just too large in diameter / thickness for my needs. Even the Skinner blades are .070 thick........too thick for my needs.
The Encore SS 12" 44 mag barrel has not arrived in the mail yet, and I am needing some measurements for figuring this sight fabrication / correct height stuff out. Can someone please tell me what the diameter of this barrel is, at the front blade? I know the barrel is 1.00" at the chamber. Also, what is the thickness of the Encore front sight blade? I may start looking around for some silver or perhaps another sight to grind down and place in the TC ramp.