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Ballard Rifles - Economy Mid Range Soule

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The Economy model sights are a no frills “Soule” type tang sight with elevation and windage adjustments. They are not just a stripped down version of our other sights, they are an entirely different sight with a different base and detente spring design that is easier and cheaper to make. It also features only a standard eye cup with #10x32 threads, but the important parts of the sight (the adjustments) are made and fitted the same way as our more expensive sights. It features micrometer adjustments for windage, and vernier scale on the elevation, but also has ½ MOA marks on the elevation knob for more accurate elevation adjustments.

I typically tell potential buyers that it is all the sight 90% of the competitors actually need. It works like it is supposed to and does it at an economical price. I've sold thousands of them over the years with many happy repeat customers.

On the other hand as our eyes get older it is nice to have the “Hadley” style eye cup so we can adjust the hole size to the available light conditions. My standard #10x32 Hadley will screw right on this sight, and can be ordered at the same time as this sight, or added later.

Each type rifle, (i.e., Sharps, Winchester, Remington, Ballard, and etc.) have different angles on the top tang in relation to the bore line. We set the economy model sights to the correct angle when we manufacture them. It requires modification of the staff or spring to adjust that angle, and the detente spring must be compressed during assembly.

For that reason it is not recommended that you attempt to purchase this sight and multiple bases for several different rifles or different types of rifles. Our “Supergrade” sights are more suited for that use.

Because of the lighter detente of this sight, it will tend to tip forward under recoil. If you would prefer that the sight stay upright after firing so you do not need to reset it during the re-loading process then you should consider the Supergrade sight as it has a much stronger detente spring.

            Actually it has been shown with slow motion camera work that all sights tip forward under recoil, and then flip to the rear and etc. as the recoil slows. The stronger detente spring of the Supergrade sight actually catches the sight as it passes vertical and stops it at that point so it appears to have not moved.

           This sight can also be fitted to some of the early Marlin lever rifles that were factory drilled for a tang sight, but you will need to be careful to use it only on rifles that have a short bolt throw, so the bolt does not come in contact with the sight when you are cycling the action.

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  1. Even this "economy" model is superior quality ! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Aug 2016

    In past years I've bought or picked up several "replica" sights, but they all pale in comparison. The fit and finish of Lee's sight is worth twice the price. A jewel !

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