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Re: Buffington sights

Posted by John S. on Sunday, 7 February 2016, at 7:12 p.m., in response to Re: Buffington sights, posted by Fred on Sunday, 7 February 2016, at 6:09 p.m.

The accuracy of the Model 1888 reportedly suffers greatly from the effect of having the rod bayonet mechanism attached near the muzzle, and the vibrations of the rod bayonet during firing being transmitted directly to the barrel. Reportedly removing the rod bayonet during firing helps with consistency.

The M1884 and other models (less the small number of other trial rod bayonet models) do not have that issue.

As far as hitting a post at 1,000 yards, offhand, I am totally in awe of COL Buffington's marksmanship abilities. Of course, I would cynically note that an Army Post is normally several hundred acres and many were tens of thousands of acres and on those a rifle could be pointed in any random direction or elevation and still hit the post.

The reports of test firings at Sandy Hook when developing the 500 grain bullet loads show accuracy patterns which make the Colonel's reputed shots highly questionable. Still, the sights were excellent and the rifles reasonably accurate for mass produced black powder large bore rifles.


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