Fitting Merkel front sight - advice needed

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I need some advice on fitting a new front sight to my Merkel double rifle. These fit in a longitudinal slot and are inserted from front and tapped in towards the rear. The replacement is larger, and will not fit the dovetail slot without reducing the width at the base of the blade. What method do experienced members here use to file the sight to fit the slot in the ramp on the barrel? I read somewhere that the base of the sight blade can be rubbed on a piece sandpaper to reduce height and therefore also reduce width as the bottom (widest) part is slowly removed. It does seem simpler than trying to file the sides while matching the angles. Your suggestions?
 

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Contact Morkel and Crouse Gunsmiths in Johannesburg, South Africa. They fitted the front site on my Merkel 500NE. Sure they would be able to assist or even make one up for you and mail it.
 

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Thanks Marius that's a good suggestion. I'm already in possession of a replacement sight, so just looking for a few tips on the best way to trim the bottom or sides to slide it into place. I will keep Morkel and Crouse Gunsmiths in mind if I am unsuccessful with my do it yourself project.
 

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To trim the sides a three cornered file is the same angle as a standard dove tail in most cases sanding filing the bottom will not help it’s the sides that need to be filled.
Hold the file at a slight angle so it only contacts the first 1/8” or less give it a couple strokes on both sides and see if it will start to engage the female slot if so hold file closer to parallel and repeat go slow check often in the end it should need to be tapped to final seat.
Shawn
 

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On mine I knocked out the bead and just turned pice of ivory to make a bigger bead and inserted in the original sight.

Maybe try that.
 

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If the sight is only marginally too large then removing metal from the bottom as you suggest is by far the easiest method – go carefully as it doesn’t need much removal to make a difference (add a thin metal shim under the sight if you go too far!).

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Thanks Russ, that's what I did, worked perfectly. It now shoots to exactly the correct elevation.
 

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I ordered a replacement from New England Custom Gun in the USA, but you could also order direct from the manufacturer Recknagel in Germany. The sight is listed in NECG website as follows:
European Patridge Sight - Press Fit (Product ID#R-11120) Overall Height .256" - R-11120-2565 | Size: $28.00
 

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