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Old November 14, 2022, 05:17 PM   #1
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Adding front sight to Howa Mini-action???

Recently I bought a piece of property that is very wooded. I quickly found out how useless my favorite carry rifle is with a scope in the woods. I really like my Howa 223 Mini-action. It's light, reliable and accurate. Unfortunately it doesn't come with any sights.

I'm a fan of peep sights and Williams makes a simple peep sight that would fit. I'm looking for a simple clamp on front sight or one I could JB weld on the end of the barrel.

I've scanned the internet and found nothing suitable for this #1 barrel. Can anyone help me get a front sight for this thing?

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Old November 14, 2022, 06:39 PM   #2
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JB Weld is a very poor choice to hold a front sight on.
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Old November 16, 2022, 10:57 AM   #3
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Is the rifle useless because of magnification or bulk and getting hung up on limbs?

If the issue is magnification making it hard to see,I might suggest a red/green dot large diameter tube sight or a 1 power scope.

If the issue is bulk then maybe a reflex sight.
Mounting and aligning a front sight is not a good first smithing project.
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Old November 16, 2022, 11:11 AM   #4
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Front sights should be screwed or soldered on.
I don't like Williams b/c it's aluminium and I found that aluminium walks.
Consider a red dot.
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