Muzzleloader Sights - The aiming device on a muzzleloading firearm.
Open sights consist of two sighting pieces. The front sight which is located on the barrel near the muzzle, which is usually post shaped with a bead attached. The rear sight is usually located partway down the barrel and consists of a V or U shaped notch in a flat piece of metal. The flat piece of metal on the rear sight can have several different shapes or styles, square, semi buckhorn, and buckhorn are the most common.
Fiber optics can be added to open sights which help highlight the sight picture these are called fiber optic open sights.
Peep sights consist of two sighting pieces. The front sight which is located on the barrel near the muzzle, which is usually post shaped with a bead attached. The rear sight consist of a small hole or an aperture in a disk. It is then called an aperture, or peep, sight.
The rear sight can be located on the receiver it is then called a receiver sight.
The rear sight can be located on the tang at the rear of the receiver it is then called a tang sight.
Telescopic sights consist of a tube and crosswire sight or crosshair mounted internally and the tube is mounted on the barrel or receiver. Telescopic sights are magnified to make targets appear closer aiding in more precise shot placement within muzzleloader range.
Bead sights are a single front sight shaped like a bead and are usually found only on muzzleloading shotguns.
Black Powder Muzzleloader Fiber Optic Sights:
Muzzleloader fiber optic sights give a shooter better sight contrast for quick sight alignment, better target acquisition and a clearer sight picture under most shooting conditions. Standard muzzleloader fiber optic sights absorb and channel existing ambient light to produce bright and precise aiming points. Tritium fiber optic sights are the latest technology to show up in fiber optic sights. Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen that glows in the dark, and continuously. The tritium will illuminate the fiber optic sight even in total darkness.
During low light, dusk or dawn conditions, most shooters prefer green and yellow color fiber optic sights.
During bright light, mid-day conditions, most shooters prefer red color fiber optic sights.
Black Powder Muzzleloader Telescopic Sights:
Muzzleloader telescopic sights generally improves a shooters efforts in gaining the true accuracy potential of their muzzleloading rifle by adding some magnification to the sight picture. With a scoped muzzleloading rifle, sighting game is easier, quicker, and very precise simply because everything appears larger and closer due to magnification. Hunters with less than perfect vision will find they are aided by the use of magnification usually 1 1/2x - 6x fixed power are good choices. A heavy duplex reticle is a good choice on muzzleloader scopes because they are much easier to see. The muzzleloader scope should have it's parallax adjusted to around 75 yards as this is where most game animals within muzzleloader distance will be. A wide field of view is a good choice as this will aid in quicker target acquisition.