Hello, I have a pre-64 Winchester Model 94 .30-30 with the stock front and rear sights. I was wondering if anyone knew what each notch was ranged for on the rear sight. I know it is probably not exact, but a ball park number is what I am looking for. I will post a link below to a picture of the rear sight I have. I figured the first notch would be 25 yards, maybe?
The wedge-shaped piece on the rear sight is called an Elevator. The notches do not necessarily correspond to any particular distance.
If hunting in brush / dense woods ( .30-30 excels at this situation ), I would suggest zeroing the sight at 30 yards and note which notch you’re in. Then repeat at 100 yards by moving the elevator and note that notch.
Keep in mind, though, if you change bullet weight, you’ll need to repeat this process to have best accuracy; although the original job should be close enough at that range.
From what I can find from several sources it’s 50yds per notch. With the 170grn bullet 2 1/2 inch’s high at 100yds will give you a max range of 200yds. These were “just about” figures from Winchester.
I had forgotten about the 50 yd/ notch tip. I’ve lost and replaced so many elevators that it wouldn’t likely work for me anyway, LOL. Love my box of generics from Brownells!
On every rifle I own with open sights, including a Model 94-22M I sighted the gun in at the best ballistic ‘reasonable’ range that allowed me to hold center kill as far out as possible without having to worry about hold over. On my small game M-94M that was 50 yards. At that ‘zero’ I could take a tree-rat from 10-75 yards. I just never could remember how to adjust rear sights for elevation or windage in a reasonable time while hunting.