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    Default Feasablility of putting rifle sights on stainless rifle?

    I asked around a couple of places when I lived outside and I was told stainless is to brittle to drill and tap. I want to know if it's worthwhile or possible to put rifle sights on my stainless Ruger M77 MKII 30.06. If so, can anyone recommend anyone to do it around Soldotna to the Homer area?
    I'd like backup sights should my scope take a poop when I'm out and about.

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    Might try "Clifford Hugg Gunsmithing", 260-5871. Never used him but have heard good things.
    Not exactly what you are looking for, but XS Sights makes a rear peep that will go in one of your Ruger ring mounts (Sight it in, loc-tite one side & use the other side for QR removal/installation. Keep it in your daypack). Still need to permenantly mount a front but could always silver solder that.
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    Default Ruger front sight

    You can order the front sight assembly from Ruger - it is a band that goes around the barrel and can be put on with no drilling. They make them in both blued and stainless.

    You can get the rear sight assembly from them also but there are lots of options for the rear sight.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mountaintrekker View Post
    I asked around a couple of places when I lived outside and I was told stainless is to brittle to drill and tap. I want to know if it's worthwhile or possible to put rifle sights on my stainless Ruger M77 MKII 30.06. If so, can anyone recommend anyone to do it around Soldotna to the Homer area?
    I'd like backup sights should my scope take a poop when I'm out and about.

    Kindest Regards,

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    I have multiple stainless firearms that were factory dovetailed and drilled/tapped, so I assume it can be readily done. I wouldn't think stainless is any more brittle than steel.

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    tvfinak,
    I looked on the Ruger site to no avail... do you have any other info like a part number etc.? Was it avail only through Ruger?


    Thanks in advance!

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    Whoever said that wasnt quite right, I probably drill and tap at least 5 stainless bbls a week. Yes stainless is a bit harder on drills and taps but it is not uncommon for a tap to last for at least 50 screw holes before becoming to dull to cut good threads. When I first started my current job my 6x48 tap lasted for 8 months before one of the new guys broke it of in a blind hole. And I'm still using the same drill 2yrs later. As far as getting sights from Ruger, good luck, better off buying from NECG.

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    I ran across a set of scope rings that went on a rail and had a built in rear adjustable sight under the ring. I have the double loop on most of my scoped guns so I can see the stock sights under the scope. The one I saw with the sight built in would get you half way there. I will look around and see if I can find a link, I think it was at MidwayUSA.com that I ran across it. That is a good place to look for iron sights also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bear_slayer87 View Post
    Whoever said that wasnt quite right, I probably drill and tap at least 5 stainless bbls a week. Yes stainless is a bit harder on drills and taps but it is not uncommon for a tap to last for at least 50 screw holes before becoming to dull to cut good threads. When I first started my current job my 6x48 tap lasted for 8 months before one of the new guys broke it of in a blind hole. And I'm still using the same drill 2yrs later. As far as getting sights from Ruger, good luck, better off buying from NECG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADfields View Post
    I ran across a set of scope rings that went on a rail and had a built in rear adjustable sight under the ring. I have the double loop on most of my scoped guns so I can see the stock sights under the scope. The one I saw with the sight built in would get you half way there. I will look around and see if I can find a link, I think it was at MidwayUSA.com that I ran across it. That is a good place to look for iron sights also.
    Andy
    I believe Brockman has a "popup" peep located in the rear base on some of their scope mounts.
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    Default Necg

    X 2 on the N E C G sights. I put a set on my Ruger after having the barrel cut to 21". Rear aperture is a nice option to optics.

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    Default Rem model 700

    I have just started looking for back up iron sights for my 300RUM, model 700. Something just to have if the scope fails. I guess they are out there but I have been looking online with no luck. Has anyone ever put them on existing mounts? I did find a slip on front sight that might work but for the cost I could buy another scope. Thanks

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    Default Necg

    Sorry, I should have read the last few posts a little closer. The necg sight is just what I am looking for! Thanks

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    I think it absolutely worthwhile putting open sights on your 06. We should have a campaign to get iron sights ( or at least an option) back on all rifles 30 cal and up. Doesn't someone like Mr. Murphy have influence

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    Thumbs up Easy to do in Kenai.....

    I had Gator Guns in Kenai put iron sights on 2 Mod. 70 "Classic Stainless" rifles. The sights are from New England Custom Guns and are first class. My aging eyes have them hitting about 2 inches high at 100 yards. I may never need them but I want them on my rifles.

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    Default 2nd the iron sights

    I second having sights on anything bigger than .30. I recenly had my 338 wm cut down toa 19" barrel and had my smith install williams fire sights(fiber optics) front and rear. It is an excellent setup.
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