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Fitting Anschutz Sights to a Tikka Rifle
Page 1 - The Front
So a fellow comes in and wants to compete in iron sighted HiPower matches with a Tikka bolt action rifle. He's on short money and can't afford a set of irons at this time, but he does have a set of Anschutz sights. In an attempt to get him started shooting, I offered to adapt the Anschutz sights to his Tikka.
I cut a 1x1x2-inch block of aluminum from some scrap (that explains the black paint), and rounded up a dovetail base.
The block was squared up and a center punch was made at the center of the rifle bore. The block was placed in the mill and the punch mark was centered using a centering device.
Using drills and finally a ream, the center punch mark was made into a hole a few thousandths smaller in diameter than the barrel.
Two clamping-bolt holes were drilled and counter bored. Here one of the holes has been counter bored with a cap screw counter bore.
Here is the completed front sight mount. The dovetail is fastened with two 6x32 screws, and the clamping screws are 8x32 socket head cap screws. I prefer the coarse threads when using aluminum, rather than the finer threads commonly found on firearms. The slot was cut with a hacksaw, While I made use of the vertical mill, this project could have been done entirely on the drill press.
Page 2 - The Rear Sight