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Q:Does anyone know a great gunsmith who can change a silver soldier front site on a Ruger Blackhawk? The question about who makes the best .357 the other day caused me to revisit this issue. I have a Ruger .357 about 25 years old with a silver soldiered black leaf front site (painted red). My old eyes would dearly like to have that as a fiber front site and maybe a new fiber adjustable rear site. My local gunsmith won’t touch it. Told me to write Ruger with model and serial number. Which I did. Nope. The won’t do it either. BUT…. Other blogs hint that there are gunsmith/machinists that can do it. Does anyone know of any? I just want to adapt my trust old blackhawk to work well with my no longer so trusty 6 decade old, cataract trifocal eyes. And yes I might be amenable to replacing my trusty old blackhawk with a new similar revolver with the sites already installed of one is recommended. But Ruger makes only 1 with fiber sites and it is not a blackhawk. Call me crazy but I like blackhawks,
Q:Recently got a 30-30 lever Marlin from an auction. Had a POS scope mounted, and I wanted to get back to iron sights so I pulled the scope and base off. There are 3 holes tapped into the receiver (all the way to the bolt) and 1 above the chamber (not all the way through). The problem is the screw length for the holes on the receiver are longer than the metal is thick, so placing the screws back in these holes blocks the bolt from sliding when working the action. Is it safe to shoot with out the screws in place? Should I find shorter screws so the holes are filled but not blocking the action?
Q:Thanks to everyone who commented on my Tikka T3 Lite versus Savage Weather Warrior question. I've decided to go with the Tikka and a Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm scope. What is the best way to attach the scope to the rifle? I was thinking I would just get Leupold rings but I found out that I would have to add bases with them so I have been looking at other options. Would it be better to get rings that will attach directly to the mounting rail on the Tikka? I also saw a picatinny rail for the Tikka. Would there be any need for a picatinny rail on a hunting rifle? Has anyone tried the Optilock rings on the Tikka website?
Q:Scope question. I have a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x42. I notice that a thin film of what looks like oil forms at the seam where the ocular lens attaches to the bell of the tube. I wipe it off and it eventually returns. Any chance something is leaking there? I do not know much about how scopes are constructed.