Skinner sights for Browning BL-22 lever action 22LR rifle.
Quick post for future reference, about picking the right front sight from Skinner (http://www.skinnersights.com) for BL-22.
Of course, YMMV (@Pogmahon) , but in my experience:
- Keep front (post) sight that came with the rifle.
- Add Skinner rear sight.
- In my opinion, this is the best accessory for BL-22 or pretty much any lever action 22 rifle, other than a bayonet, anyone could buy. It makes the experience 100 times more fun.
I’ve moved sights/scopes on my BL-22 a few times. Time and time again, I find myself coming back to Skinner peep sight. They look great, they suit the rifle very well and they are extremely functional, especially for plinking. That said, I don’t believe I have ever shot this rifle for groups, so YMMV, however…
The rear sight is fine. And the screw-in aperture that comes with the sight is perfect. I haven’t actually tried shooting without it, just using ghost ring. Not sure why I haven’t tried it, I think I will try next time it’s out. I have a feeling it will be even better for killing cans, metal poppers and clay pigeons.
The trick however is getting the right front sight. I had zero experience with the sight when I purchased it a few years ago and opted for Skinner recommended front sight. Measured from top base of sight to top of the post at: 8.70mm. This is what was recommended and this is what I got. I actually don’t remember what was recommended, but this is what I bought (the suggested front sight) and just measured it.
I found that it was shooting a bit low and I needed to adjust the rear sight up. With that in mind and benefit of hindsight, I think a better option would have been to keep the original front post that came with the rifle and buying rear sight only.
I have a feeling it would have been a perfect fit and worst case scenario, wait 2 weeks and get a new front sight after knowing how much movement you need, however, personal recommendation - keep front sight, add rear sight.