Peep sights on a Traditions Hawkens rifle

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leoparddog

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My Traditions Hawkens was the rifle I killed my first deer with back in the early 90's and now that I'm 50, the sights are harder to work with. I'm thinking about trying a rear aperture sight for it, but all the ones I see online are for the T/C, Lyman Hawkens "and similar"

https://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartDetail.aspx/883/1/RS-57-SML

Not sure how "similar" my old rifle is to these on the tang profile and angle though.

Has anyone mounted a aperture sight on a Traditions Hawkens rifle? I guess I could just throw the $ down and return it if it doesn't work but I hate doing that.
 

Roadking65

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That link certainly is interesting. I own a TC Hawken myself.
I have the orig iron sights it came with. I think I like being able to raise my iron sights/gun while keeping my eyes on the deer.
But that sight would be super adjustable. Kinda wish I could try it.
 
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leoparddog

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Though the one pictured is not traditional, peep sights are a boon to older eyes.
At one time I had a slightly more traditional folding Lyman tang peep sight on a Marlin 1895 .45-70. First time I fired it, I didn't have any eye protection on and after I pulled the trigger I wasn't sure I'd ever need it again. The recoil "folded" it right back into my eyeball at a pretty good velocity. Ouch

Could you recommend a more traditional peep that would be appropriate for a cap lock Hawkens?
 
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leoparddog

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So a little more research and measuring the tang on my old rifle... The Lyman and Williams both seem to need about a 3" tang and one additional hole drilled and tapped. My tang is only 1 1/4" long and has the screw through the middle. I might make one hole work but the second hole would be through the wood in the wrist. Also from photos, I'd have to mount the tang peep sight much closer to the breech than shown in photos, which would make the sight ride much higher over the bore and maybe not even parallel to the boar depending on the angles.

So I may have to live with a barrel mounted peep or a folding peep if I want to put it on the tang.
 

Darkhorse

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If your peep is higher than the bore you may need a taller front sight. Just be aware. Sometimes you can adjust the peep, sometimes you can't quite get there.
 
Hello; I am finishing on a Traditions St. Louis Hawken and trying to find a peep that would work for it. If I had known that finding a peep for it, I would have made a different selection. I have gotten a Williams muzzleloader peep that will be mounted to the barrel flats. I am really not happy with the sight as it is wider than the flats. As the tang is short, there is only one hole to be used in mounting a tang mounted sight with the second to be mounted to the wood. I am still looking and good luck in finding yours.
 
So a little more research and measuring the tang on my old rifle... The Lyman and Williams both seem to need about a 3" tang and one additional hole drilled and tapped. My tang is only 1 1/4" long and has the screw through the middle. I might make one hole work but the second hole would be through the wood in the wrist. Also from photos, I'd have to mount the tang peep sight much closer to the breech than shown in photos, which would make the sight ride much higher over the bore and maybe not even parallel to the boar depending on the angles.

So I may have to live with a barrel mounted peep or a folding peep if I want to put it on the tang.
That is the problem I have with my Traditions St. Louis Hawken. I have other ussues with Traditions. I ended up Getting A peep sight from Williams the I had mounted on the Barrel near the tang. It works great. I also had to install another front sight that matches the height of the peep. Good luck.
 
Here is a tip about peep sights. For deer hunting use a larger peep than you think you will need. Low light conditions make it real hard to see through a small peep like you would use for target shooting. With a little practice you can be very accurate with a very large peep.
 
Here is a tip about peep sights. For deer hunting use a larger peep than you think you will need. Low light conditions make it real hard to see through a small peep like you would use for target shooting. With a little practice you can be very accurate with a very large peep.
Years ago I installed a peep on my Browning BAR for my deer hunting. It worked very well for me. Recently I have got back interested back into my Hawken 50 cal Hawken. Years ago I had a peep installed on my 45 cal TC Hawken and kill several deer with it. Now I have built a Traditions St. Louis Hawken in 50 cal . I have installed a peep on it and managed to get my front sight installed. I hope that I can use the peep. As my vision is not as good as back in the day, I don't know if I will be able to use the peep. I hope I will. If I have to put the open sights back on I will. It is **** to get older in some ways. Thank you for your replys.
 
I installed the peep on my TC Hawken and it came with a large and small thread-in peep inserts. I found that for hunting I just left the inserts out and used the large threaded hole. Inserts were great for target.
 

gma1320

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Been shooting one for over 30 years. 200 plus yd shots are easy if you know your gun. Took a lot of animals with that White Whitetail muzzleloader and peep.
What gun is that? It looks the same as one I just inherited. The one I have has no marking or name on it. Doesn't even have the caliber on it.
 

GregoryB.

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Peep sights seem to be hard to find. I looked briefly for one for a Italian made Investarms 50 calibre Hawkins. Need to get back to searching so I can hunt the WV Heritage season with it.
 
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