I just got into smokeless having purchased a Savage. I have lots to learn and have really enjoyed the process. I would like to remove the rear sight but am not real sure about it. I have removed the screw and slid the top portion containing the fiber optic sight off but I am not sure how to proceed from there. Can the sliding (elevation) portion that is "dovetailed" be driven off, and if so which direction front to back or vice versa? What will I find under that dovetail? Is the base then screwed down? I hate to go to hammering on it and mess it/or the barrel up by not understanding things. I have already been running a Leupold on it but with Weaver bases cheapie rings. From what I have studied and read so far, is that these guns can be hard on scopes and they demand some stout bases or even a rail. I have put a rail on it and do not like how it limits access to load a primer as I have fat fingers that don't work well in the cold. That said I am thinking of using a set of the Talley one piece base/ring combos allowing more access to the loading port verses using the rail. Any thoughts/comments on the Talley's?