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Tang aperture dia
Nov 21st, 2021 at 2:29pm
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What dia hole is good for hunting? Iíve got a target aperture and itís just right for precision but Iím going to try to hunt with my rifle. I think that a ghost ring would be a little too big.
  
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Re: Tang aperture dia
Reply #1 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 3:45pm
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It's different for every shooter, as all our eyes are in different levels of sight. Obviously most wont want a very small .040" for hunting, but how much larger depends on the shooter, and how far away the game will be.
  

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Reply #2 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 3:49pm
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Just drill it out one size at a time with number drills. A small lathe task, creep up on the diameter till it suits you.
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Reply #3 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 4:54pm
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If you have experience and success with the aperture, why not take a little extra time to get better shot placement?
  
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Re: Tang aperture dia
Reply #4 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 6:37pm
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† What sight do you have?
I went back and looked more carefully at your original post; the "ghost ring" is the size you want for hunting. It may look big, but is what you want for hunting.
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Re: Tang aperture dia
Reply #5 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 8:29pm
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I dug around in my ďsightĒ toolbox drawer and what did I find? I found an aperture with a .122 dia hole ! It looks about right but Iíll also try with an aperture at all and compare. As I get older, I canít remember much. I have been doing research on aperture sizes and all the while, I already had what I needed right under my nose.
  
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Reply #6 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 11:52pm
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I would agree with Jeff_Schultz. A large aperture allows you much better peripheral vision in relation to the intended target. The old Lyman advertisement for an aperture sight demonstrates this point. The eye naturally seeks the center of a circle, and the less interference or covering of the target for hunting purposes is desired.
  

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Reply #7 - Nov 22nd, 2021 at 11:06am
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Some 60 years ago I began hunting deer with a 93 Mauser 7x57 with a Marbles receiver sight.  My dad had me shoot with the aperture in for target practice then we removed it entirely for hunting.  I still use that format today on sights that allow me to.  Your eye pretty much automatically center in the large opening and allow a much wider field of view.  Tom
  
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Reply #8 - Nov 22nd, 2021 at 12:15pm
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My guess is practice is not a bad idea, and big game season is winding down in many areas. From what I know of ghost ring sights, it's for close up snap shooting, hopefully shouldering an aligned rifle is instinctive.
  
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Reply #9 - Nov 22nd, 2021 at 2:48pm
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Practice before hunting is always a good idea, but as I noted, and Bulseyetom repeated, the eye naturally seeks the center of a circle regardless of size. More precisely, as in target work, with a much smaller diameter aperture. We are talking about "hopefully" ranges appropriate for hunting with receiver sights.
  

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Re: Tang aperture dia
Reply #10 - Nov 24th, 2021 at 12:22pm
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I have a Lyman 57 on my Swedish Mauser. I use an aperture when sighting in at the range. For hunting i simply remove it and use as is. I guess that would be considered a ghost ring. it works well that way and has accounted for some of my longest range kills on deer. Without an aperture I can get on target faster.

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Reply #11 - Nov 24th, 2021 at 4:21pm
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well, now that we have collectively solved welldone's quandary, we can allow him to make up his own mind!!
  

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Re: Tang aperture dia
Reply #12 - Nov 24th, 2021 at 9:14pm
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Thanks for all the input. I found an aperture with 7/32-40 threads and drilled it out to about .150 dia. Thatís as far as I wanted to go. The original aperture with the tiny target hole is over 130 years old and I didnít dare mess with it. The new aperture screwed into that antique sight perfectly. I love it when things like that work. Iím a machinist and I thought of that guy way back in his day doing the same task that I had just done. My attachment to this rifle grew a little stronger.
  
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Re: Tang aperture dia
Reply #13 - Today at 12:03pm
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When in need of apertures, don't look any further than Apertures-N-More. They have every aperture known to mankind, or they'll make a custom one for you - and their prices are dirt cheap.

I don't care for "ghost rings". With my eyes they turn into "no rings", and I like at least some definition of a ring no matter how big the aperture hole. To that end I've acquired a few Merit adjustable iris apertures over the years. Depending on the model some of them open up quite wide, at the flick of a fingertip. Not cheap when you find them but what's a boy to do?
  
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Reply #14 - Today at 4:51pm
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I have hunted with Tang sights. I found that just removing the insert that is screwed in gives me a good rear sight as is. No drilling  of what may be a hard to get screw in insert. HTH FITZ OLD TUCK. Smiley
  
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