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Re: Buffington Sight

Posted by Ken Smith on Sunday, 17 June 2012, at 12:38 p.m., in response to Buffington Sight, posted by Doc Martin on Sunday, 17 June 2012, at 8:39 a.m.

Hi Doc, The Buffington sight has a "battle sight" setting of 260 yards with the leaf down. The rifle will shoot about 12 inches high at ranges of up to about 100 yards, that is, with the original front sight. I am not certain that velocity would be a fair indicator of pressures. There are some factors to consider such as bullet weight, powder type, primers, case capacity. Sometimes loading too little powder can be just as dangerous as too much, hence minimum and maximum load for various powders. I load strictly black powder myself, and have had no experience with Trail Boss. But that load you mention is about 300 fps slower than what original loadings were intended in black. Excessive pressure indicators can be primers with holes all the way through or backed out of their pockets, and swelled or bulging cases. Just be careful loading smokeless powder for these rifles. Black powder would be recommended, and is more fun. Good shooting. Regards, Ken


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