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Old February 15, 2008, 10:19 AM   #1
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Period Correct Rifle Scope

I am interested in making my own period correct scope.
I have found a couple of mounting examples but i'm having trouble with
the actual scope making.

Can any one provide me with information with regards to this please.
I'm particulary looking for information on how long the scope should be and such.

Thank you.
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Old February 15, 2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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Old February 15, 2008, 10:34 AM   #3
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What period ?

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Old February 15, 2008, 10:38 AM   #4
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approx 1860
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Old February 16, 2008, 09:28 PM   #5
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I asked at another website as I too am interested in making my own period scope. No luck so far. Let me know what you learn.
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Old February 16, 2008, 10:03 PM   #6
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I dunno bout the specs on a Davidson or Malcolm or anybody elses period scopes but y'all do realize period mounts weren't made for modern off the shoulder shooting right? They're too low for that. They were made for sighting from a reclining position with the barrel propped between the feet.
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Old February 16, 2008, 10:42 PM   #7
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The Davidson scope mount was on the side of the gun. Davidson intended it that way to provide enough elevation for long range shooting. The gun it was most commonly mounted on, the Whitworth, was capable of hitting a 32 feet x 2 feet target at 1880 yards. The size of the target was representative of a platoon of soldiers standing in formation.
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Old February 17, 2008, 06:19 AM   #8
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Over a mile away?
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Old February 17, 2008, 08:59 AM   #9
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Gary, you're right of course. I knew that, just didn't think it through before I posted. Got a bad habit of that too.

Paul Morceau said
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Over a mile away?
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Old February 17, 2008, 12:05 PM   #10
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Yep, over a mile. Remember, the target isn't man sized. It's platoon sized. BTW, it was made of several planks of oak and at that distance, the Whitworth still drove deeply into the wood. In my own research, I've found one Whitworth kill and one injury at over 1400 yards. How do I know it's confirmable? Well, it's between two islands with nothing between.
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Old February 17, 2008, 06:11 PM   #11
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Nice ones here:

http://www.leatherwoodoptics.com/index-malcolm.html

I'm thinking about one for my 32" Sharps.

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Old February 17, 2008, 08:30 PM   #12
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That is a beauty Gewehr. It would look great on my Pedersoli Sharps too.

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Old February 18, 2008, 12:50 AM   #13
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I'm thinking about one for my 32" Sharps.
Yes those are the ones. They look amazing. The only probnlem is no one imports them to South Africa and getting $400 something is a bit of a problem, hence I want to try and do it myself.
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Old February 18, 2008, 09:44 PM   #14
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Frankford Arsenal conducted their tests at SandyHook Proving Grounds. An Allin conversion Springfield with bare sights was used in 1879 to make accurate shots at 2 miles. It was a .45-70 of course.

http://www.researchpress.co.uk/targe.../sandyhook.htm
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Old March 20, 2008, 05:30 PM   #15
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That's a very good article, Quantrill. Amazing the extreme ranges and interesting that the Springfield has a longer range than the (lighter) Martini Henry.

The current record for a sniper kill is held, I think, by Corp.Rob Furlong with a McMillan TAC 50, at 2,657 yards. I'm not sure about the current record for a group but i think its slightly over that - always with the big .50

Thanks for the reference.
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Old March 20, 2008, 07:06 PM   #16
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