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Originally Posted by BrentD
No, you don't have to fill it completely to do what you want and even if you filled it completely, it might actually fit you better. My Ballard is no different than yours. Except that is probably a bigger caliber (it's a Pacific .45).


But whatever works for you, works for you. Just suggesting what works for me.

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Yours also has the deep crescent Brown buttplate? What's the serial number range? Most I've seen are all 3 digit serial numbers like mine, and were used up in the first less than 1000 Marlin Ballard rifles.

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Brent, that’s interesting but not a solution. The detachable front portion must fit over the existing front sight, be as low as possible and have windage adjustment.

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I am extremely happy to report that a friend offered to use his great experience and skill to produce from my drawings exactly what the detachable front block that holds the wind gauge sight must have looked like. He turned a raw block of steel into a little jewel and I will polish and blue it today and my Henry will be complete again! When that is done I will take a pic of the new complete front sight and maybe BrentD will post it here for me. Oh, I know that Pedersoli intended the sight to be mounted 180 degrees around but for now I have my reasons for doing it this way. We'll see.

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Originally Posted by HalfaDouble
I am extremely happy to report that a friend offered to use his great experience and skill to produce from my drawings exactly what the detachable front block that holds the windgauge sight must have looked like. He turned a raw block of steel into a little jewel and I will polish and blue it today and my Henry will be complete again! When that is done I will take a pic of the new complete front sight and maybe BrentD will post it here for me.


I can do that - with about a 24 hr Dave-delay, of course.

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Brent says to try this. Thanks, Brent.
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Good to see a happy ending. Very nice work as well. Enjoy that rifle in good health!


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Wow - this is great !


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I turned the windgauge sight around this afternoon to bring it to the factory position. I had to shave the bottom of the level housing a couple of thousandths to clear the front sight bead but not a problem. Originally I had picked up a set of the inserts that Pedersoli makes for their Gibbs globe front. These have finer guts in the insert and no vertical support which would have masked the bubble the way I originally had it mounted. I used a diamond bit to remove half of the width of the center of the bottom of the ring and that gave a clear sight path to the top of the bubble but decided in the greater scheme of things it would be better to just turn the sight around. It is working fine in use.

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