Peeps vs open sights.

Discussion in 'Muzzleloader Hunting' started by rfurman24, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking about replacing the open sights on my Savage ML-II with Williams peeps. Is the accuracy advantage worth it? How is the field of view? How are they in low light? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    Well, I would expect that you will get answers to both sights work well for some folks. I prefer open sights as I have shot both. I find the peeps more accurate, however, you can't see them very well in low light. AND, since I am getting older, my sight sucks. I can spot a elk at 20 miles, I just can't read! So, the open sights work better for me and I shoot a traditional muzzleloader. Here are a couple of bucks taken with open sights the last couple of years.

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  3. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

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    I switched to peeps a number of years back and really like them. I use a very large aperture and it works well in dark elk timber as well as on the plains. My Hawken has a silver blade front and using irons with it remains pretty good as I age. But for me, peeps on muzzleloaders is where it is at.
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Peep/Aperture sites are best for round targets, and open/blade sights are best for hunting.

    Aperture sights can be adjusted for size and help with light and clarity, but when hunting
    they tend to make the hunter shoot center mass (A possible gut shot) but the blade/aperture
    type does not, so they are best for hunting.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the help. I had decided I was going to try some Williams peep sights but after over a week of trying to talk to someone at Williams about what pieces I needed for my Savage to no avail I have given up. I will stick with the open sights for this season. I am still interested in others opinions as I may try some peeps later.
     
  6. ATH

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    I run Williams peeps on my iron sighted MLs. They work fine, especially with the integrated fiber optic dots. I have them on my T/C 44mag Deerhunter as well. Out to ~100-120 yds, as far as I plan to shoot with these guns, they are excellent.

    With a rear peep and a front globe, there is absolutely nothing about these sights that makes one shoot center of mass. Your eye centers the front sight in the rear aperture, and you sight the gun in so the bullet impacts the point at the top of the front globe.
     
  7. KansasCowboy

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    I put Williams peeps on my Henry and they work fine for me. My accuracy stays about the same but I can acquire my target faster.
     
  8. FrontierGander

    FrontierGander Well-Known Member

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    I just recently tried out a Williams peep sight on my CVA Wolf and I love the sucker. Going to upgrade my other MLer with the Williams peep sight. I wouldnt say my accuracy improved, but it aims extremely quick and cleared up my target for me.
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  9. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    +1 with JE, & Mtnwrunner.
    Peeps "can" work well in certain situations, but I vastly prefer a buckhorn & blade, for hunting. Then again, I grew up shooting open sights, from BB guns to -06', & wasn't allowed to even put a scope on my rifle untill I killed a deer with open sights. Dads, & Grandpa's rules.
    I told my son the same thing with his first .22. No scope till you can smoke a sage rat with your sights on your .22, & by 5 years old he'd piled up a mountain of em:D

    His next .22 had peeps. He can shoot peeps better than I can. I just gotta have a buckhorn to be comfy. Old habbits maybe? I dunno.
    I have a buddy tho, that pulled his iron sights, & replaced them with peeps on his .375 lever gun for going to Africa. He was used to them from childhood.
    6 of 1, half dozen of the other I guess.
    My Lyman .50 (patched .490 groundball on top of ffg) now wears fiber optic open sights. Green dots on the buckhorn, & orange dot on the blade. Works great, but look a bit out of place on an ol' "front end loader".
    I'd venture to guess that if your sitting in a tree, or blind, peeps would serve you just as good. If your hunting on the ground, open sights for me.