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Old 01-06-2013, 04:49 PM
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Default Patridge front sight for a 686?

Greetings, has anyone changed out the red ramp front blade for a patridge blade? I'm shooting a 617, 14-3 and 686 at the same time and am really starting to prefer the patridge blade over the red ramp. I would also change to a .243" front sight and a .126" rear blade to maintain a sight picture more consistent with the other 2 revolvers. The present rear blade is much higher on the 686 than the 617 and 14-3.

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Old 01-06-2013, 04:51 PM
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It's Patridge.

Thought I would throw that in before the bird and pear tree jokes started up.
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Cant say I have seen one on a 686, but plenty of them on 586 6" guns, including one I own.
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Your 686 can be changed to a patridge. How much work or cost is involved depends on how its red ramp is attached. If you have a newer 686 it’s relatively easy to drift out the pin and pin in a new patridge. If you have an older 686 with a sight blade that was forged integral with the barrel a milling machine is required to remove the old sight and mill the slot for a pinned in blade.

There are other ways to install a patridge like milling a 3/8” dovetail across the barrel rib, but milling in the slot for a pinned in blade would look most similar to a factory installation.

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I have one on my 6 inch 686. I shot bullseye with it and I believe that it is the only way to get the most accuracy.

Jay
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A partridge in a ÖÖÖÖ. darn you slickracer, I didnít realize how bad I needed a fresh pear until I read your title. Itís too far to drive into town so I just cracked open a jar of applesauce. Thatíll have to do.

Now while it heats, lets talk sight blades. Your 686 can be changed to a patridge. How much work or cost is involved depends on how its red ramp is attached. If you have a newer 686 itís relatively easy to drift out the pin and pin in a new patridge. If you have an older 686 with a sight blade that was forged integral with the barrel a milling machine is required to remove the old sight and mill the slot for a pinned in blade.

There are other ways to install a patridge like milling a 3/8Ē dovetail across the barrel rib, but milling in the slot for a pinned in blade would look most similar to a factory installation.

Now Iíll make you a deal. If you edit your title (go advanced) before the forumís writing professor posts a groan Iíll edit out all references to pears. BTW, the sauce tastes good.
Thanks Buddy, edited just for you I think I'm still in the Christmas spirit! My 686 is a -6 so it is a pinned front sight.
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