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Default Removing rear dovetail sight from a topper barrel

Anyone know an easier way to remove a rear dovetail sight. I tried to install a H&R scope base but the rear sight obstructs it by a 1/2 an inch. I have tried tapping it out with a square metal punch but only get it to move a few hundredths of an inch and don't want to wreck it. I could cut the base but it will only leave about 1/4 " to the first scope ring notch.
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A brass dovetail drift works best, you want to push on the base itself, a little heat would help just in case they used thread sealant on the sight, barrel must be on a solid surface, I put the barrel on a piece of plywood on a concrete floor.

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A rule of thumb is to drive out the sight from left to right (looking down the barrel from rear to front as if you were shooting it). Most times go easier that way. If the dovetail was cut with a very slight taper (and some are) that will be the way it comes out easiest.
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If you use the shorter leupold scope rail it will be short of the rear sight:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1362198415

Warne also makes a shorter base:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1592271040

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Wow thanks for all the info guys.
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I bought the short Leupold scope base. And it fit like you said without sight removal. Thanks again.
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I bought the short Leupold scope base. And it fit like you said without sight removal. Thanks again.
Those topper barrels have a quick taper after the breech end so the shorter scope rail has less overhang gap and looks better. Probably works better too. Definitely looks the best with the sights staying on the barrel.

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