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Old 09-29-2020, 03:19 PM
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Has anyone used a laser bore sighter on there Smith revolvers? I am trying to determine if i need a lower front sight on a 629 mountain gun. Cant get to a range right now but using a bore sighter ,the kind with the rod that goes in the barrel, it shows my point of impact will be very low even with the rear sight maxed out. So the question is are bore sighters somewhat accurate on revolvers? Or just scrap the laser results till i can get to a range?
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Old 09-29-2020, 03:49 PM
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I got a laser boresighter for my 500 because she would shoot low and to the left.. Adjusting the rear sight helped a bit but she still didn't seem quite right.. So I got the boresighter, about 50 bucks, checked her and the best I can figure the barrel is not clocked "Plumb" and that dam Hi-Viz sight is just way too tall! Give me a red Ramp sight any day!!

Unless you've got a really tall front sight like the Hi-Viz, I'd go with a taller rear sight..

Me, I'm gonna call S&W and see if they will put a pinned red ramp sight on the front and boresight her in with the correct height rear sight, white outlined, @ about 50 yards or so...

Good Luck with her!!
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Old 09-29-2020, 03:54 PM
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I have a couple, one magnetic that hangs on the muzzle and one with an arbor that slips down the bore. I have had good luck with both getting sights close enough for fine adjustment with expensive SD ammo.
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:00 PM
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Iíve always thought of bore sighting systems (laser or not) as devices to get you on the paper at close range (25 yards or less) and nothing more.

Iíve got a non laser bore sight device laying around somewhere. Havenít used it in years.
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Old 09-29-2020, 05:53 PM
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It's like Rpg said, it's to get on paper at 25 yards so you can fine tune the sights. Shoot it before you spend your money on a bore sighter.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:07 PM
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I have helped out lots of beginners who came to my range with a new scope that was installed and bore sighted for them. Many of these rifles were on paper at 25 yards, and a few were not. I am not convinced that the bore sight offered much advantage over just starting with a big piece of paper up close, and then making quick coarse adjustments to get approximately zeroed.

As others have stated, I feel that most bore sights are intended to get the rifle on paper at short range. I think they are useful for checking at the bench whether something is completely crooked or out of true, and not much more.

However, there are different types of bore sights, and one knowledgeable person has told me that he had a technique for using a bore sight with quite good precision. So I do think that may be possible, but it is the rare exception, and requires testing and practice.

So my advice to the OP is, do your testing on the range. This will also insure that the point of impact of your actual loads is accounted for.

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Old 09-29-2020, 08:29 PM
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Thanks for the replies , if this thing is right i wont even be on paper at 25 yards, guess i'll have to wait and see.
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:08 PM
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I have had mixed results using them.
Might be the operator ?

I have owned and sold 5 different ones over the years.
They get you closer on your first shots,
But IMO they are not worth the money.

As a side note the higher the price, the better the results.
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