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    Ross Target Rifle Sights

    Hey everyone, I am building a target rifle in 6.5-303 off of a Ross commercial M-10. It is receiving a new heavier barrel, new stock, etc. I would like to make it as close to period-correct as possible, so I am looking for the correct target sights for the rear. I have been looking continuously online for quite some time with no avail. If anyone has a line on one of the following, let me know! Keep in mind they have to be in usable condition so preferably, not too loose.

    Parker Hale 9G
    Sutherland MkII
    Pilblad (any)
    BSA Martin
    Canadaicon Tool & Specialty Co. (any)
    Peddie Parker
    Lyman 48 Longslide (150 point) right side

    Additionally, for those who have used more than one type, which do you prefer and why?

    Thanks for any leads you all can provide!

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    Are you using a charger bridge sight mount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Are you using a charger bridge sight mount?
    No, I do not have a sight mount. If I cannot find a period mount, I can fabricate a simple spring mount that attaches to the receiver bridge easily to fir whatever sight I purchase.

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    When you say "a commercial M10" do you mean a 1910-E or 1910-R sporter? I believe every 1910 action is drilled and tapped for the standard sight/charger bridge, so if you can find one that should allow quite a few different vintage sights to be mounted.

    If the action is from a M10 .280" then some sort of base could be machined to fit into the female dovetail on the bridge.

    I guess you could also make up a partial bridge base to fit in the top groove of the bolt stop "frame" as well and attach with the two screw holes provided there?
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    I mean an M10 in 280. I have two that both have quite poor bores. I will be machining a dovetail to fit. I am open to quite a few vintage sights from the period, but not many have enough elevation to reach past 1200 meters, that is why I am interested in the specific options mentioned. Very quickly it became evident that the hardest part of this project would be finding a correct target sight! Still no luck

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    I wonder if one of the older Lyman 48s with the long "tail" would work? They came in both LH and RH versions I believe, but the factory Mk.III sight and bridge is still your best overall combination I think for looks, strength and function, not necessarily in that order.
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    I agree. In period, Lyman produced the 48 "long slide" with the 150 point scale with a right hand slider for Ross 1910 pattern rifles. They also made a model 50 for calibrated for the 280 cartridge. 1905's and 1907's were left hand slide, 1910's right hand. If I could find a right hand 48 with the 150 point slider, it would provide the elevation I desire.

    I do agree, I would prefer the bridge mounted vernier sights though

    I found two auction listings for Parker 9G's, so I will see if I can get one of those. One of them even comes with a rifle!

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    Most of the sights you mention will mount on a military MK III bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ax.303 View Post
    Most of the sights you mention will mount on a military MK III bridge.
    I am not using a MkIII for the project. I am using a commercial M-10 which has a large female dovetail in place (see Surpmil's pictures above).

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    The military Mk III bridge will fit in place of the bridge on your M-10 .280 rifle.

    Way easier and more stable than what you are proposing.

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