Years ago I tried shooting my cousins Mini 14 that had a scope on it. I could not hardly find the target with it. Since then I have never tried it again. Of course if I buy the rifle I will try it again but just wondered how much the front site really makes a difference lets say within 100 yard range.
Accuracy is going to be really poor without some sort of sighting system, so you'll want to figure out something. If you had a hard time finding your target through a scope before it could have been the scope was too high a power for what you were doing, that it was set improperly to give you good eye relief, or any number of different issues. I'd definitely give it another go with something that's properly selected for the intended use and then properly mounted to the gun.