For those with old eyes

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  1. Jan 24, 2019 #1

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    Happens to us all. However, you don't have to scope a muzzleloader if your eyes can't do the gymnastics required for open sights.
    The aperture sight is superior to opens, but they also give a great alternative to scopes.
    Many go for the " ghost ring", but for those with old eyes, ghost rings aren't the best choice. Rather, go smaller.
    By reducing the size of the aperture, it gives a magnifying effect. Slight, but very useful. You'll know when you have the right size when the front sight suddenly get sharp and even the target gets a little clearer. There's an optical term for this effect, but the name escapes me at the moment.
    My eyes need a front sight WAY out there, or very large, to be in focus. With an aperture sight, with a proper size aperture, the 1/16 bead on my 22 inch TC Thunder Hawk is razor sharp. Without it, its a useless blur.
    So. If the idea of a scope rubs you the wrong way, or you don't want to spoil a rifle's lines, get a good peep sight and a properly sized aperture and remember to look THROUGH it and not AT, and you may be happily surprised
     
  2. Jan 25, 2019 #2

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    I am 67 and only use reading glasses. Can still see good except reading. I have added peep sights to several of my muzzleloader. CVA Accura, White Bison, and 2 TC Hawkens all 50 cal. I was having issues seeing the front sight which effected my accuracy. I got a tip on another sight to try 1.25 or 1.50 reading glasses. I bought both and discovered I could see down range and see my front sight. Shorter shots can still make a kill shot with out the glasses. 100+ need them. That's what I recommend along with the peep. My aperture is the .093.
     
  3. Jan 27, 2019 #3

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    This has been a growing issue for me for several years now. I mostly hunt Idaho, which only allows 1x scopes if you want to scope your ML, and only with a note from one's Dr. Consequently, I've always used a peep on my mine. But, I hadn't realized a different size aperture could make that kind of difference, so thanks for posting. I'll definitely have to experiment.
    I had been experimenting with shooting with, and without glasses, and found I shoot better without them. My near vision is still sharp, so I can see the front sight better without. Problem is, I need the glasses to be able to find the game in the first place, so I hunt with them on. Then, in the heat of the moment, I've often forgotten to take them off for the shot.
    I did try a Cabela's 1x scope a few years ago, but the parallax was so bad, I went back to the peep.

    If anyone has some other advice for this situation, I'd love to hear it.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2019 #4

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    The ultimate aperture is a Merrit shutter disc. They adjust like a camera lens. I believe they're still being made.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2019 #5

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    Yup. Meritcorporation.com. Not terribly expensive either.
    Hummm...
     
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    Unfortunately, the Merit optical aid is no longer being made.
     

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