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Who runs a peep sight on your muzzle loader? I am in a bit of a dilemma. I've always hunted with a scope. As I get older, I'm finding there are days that I would much rather have a peep sight. I've been using a TC Triumph with a 1x4 Vortex scope the last couple years. I like the scope but in snowy conditions it can be a pain in the butt. I'm going to Maine for muzzle loader season this year so there is a real good chance I'll be hunting in snow. Here are the options that I have bouncing around in my head right now.

1. Abandon the scope for a peep. I'm sure I would miss the scope on certain days.

2. Try to find a scope/peep combo setup.

3. Buy a CVA Wolf and put a peep on it and have two guns for different days/conditions.

I'm kind of leaning towards option 3 at the moment.
 

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I've got a T/C Seneca with an aperture sight and I've killed deer with it, but I cant hunt in VT without a scope anymore, it's too hard to be certain with our AR rules and my aging eyes. I've got another Seneca with open sights that I haven't shot yet. I bought it on an impulse. I'd go the seperate gun route myself if I wanted to be able to hunt out of state with a peep sight.
 

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I hunt in the rain and snow all the time. I never wish I had open sights or a peep sight. My scope is nice and dry with a Leupold scope coat on it. Your peep can get clogged up with snow you know... You won't be able to pick a hole thru brush or ID what you you are shooting at nearly as good. It will cost you a few nice deer over the years especially in low light conditions. I know, I have been hunting with a peep sighted Thompson Renegade since 1980, not because it is the most effective, but because I wouldn't ever put a scope on a muzzle loader. You can see the peep sight on the tang of the top rifle.
 

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I hunt in the rain and snow all the time. I never wish I had open sights or a peep sight. My scope is nice and dry with a Leupold scope coat on it.
I picked up one of these based on your recommendation after a snowy/foggy scope almost cost me a buck last year. Can't wait to try it out!
 

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Who runs a peep sight on your muzzle loader? I am in a bit of a dilemma. I've always hunted with a scope. As I get older, I'm finding there are days that I would much rather have a peep sight. I've been using a TC Triumph with a 1x4 Vortex scope the last couple years. I like the scope but in snowy conditions it can be a pain in the butt. I'm going to Maine for muzzle loader season this year so there is a real good chance I'll be hunting in snow. Here are the options that I have bouncing around in my head right now.

1. Abandon the scope for a peep. I'm sure I would miss the scope on certain days.

2. Try to find a scope/peep combo setup.

3. Buy a CVA Wolf and put a peep on it and have two guns for different days/conditions.

I'm kind of leaning towards option 3 at the moment.

Take me a look at the Butler flip cover for the eyepiece end minimumly. If you stand hunt or still hunt it shouldn't be a problem unless you jump a deer and it takes you by surprise. Lot cheaper than option 3, unless you really want another gun!!!
 

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I picked up one of these based on your recommendation after a snowy/foggy scope almost cost me a buck last year. Can't wait to try it out!
Soak it with some waterproofing spray. Not sure if it is necessary or not, but I think it helps in heavy rain situations. Tip: don't take it off and on. If it is pouring rain or a wet damp snow, if you take it off and then put it back on it may fog up on you. That's why you always have a pack of cleanex in your top chest coat pocket so you can wipe your scope if it ever fogs for any reason.
 

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Soak it with some waterproofing spray. Not sure if it is necessary or not, but I think it helps in heavy rain situations. Tip: don't take it off and on. If it is pouring rain or a wet damp snow, if you take it off and then put it back on it may fog up on you. That's why you always have a pack of cleanex in your top chest coat pocket so you can wipe your scope if it ever fogs for any reason.
Great, thank you!
 

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Take a look at eabco.com They make some scope rails with built in peep sights for a few different muzzleloaders. Ive got one and use some leupold QRW rings with it and it works great.
 

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Take a look at eabco.com They make some scope rails with built in peep sights for a few different muzzleloaders. Ive got one and use some leupold QRW rings with it and it works great.
This. I find I hardly ever take the scope off, but knowing I can somehow helps. Peep rib. https://www.eabco.net/PeepRib-Peep-Sight-for-TC-Encore-and-Omega-by-E-Arthur-Brown-Co_p_13503.html

Otherwise run something low power, 1-2x at the bottom end. If you go this direction, make sure your front bead is high enough, and just go with a ghost ring on the peep- don't worry about an aperture.
 

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I have an old Knight muzzleloader (circa 1990) that sports a 4x scope and a MDM carbine I outfitted with a peep. The MDM carries real nice but I haven't spent sufficient time dialing in the best load for optimal accuracy yet. I would recommend the setup mbVT runs, that's what I will likely setup on my next smokepole......someday.
 

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My first deer rifle I got for Christmas from my parents in 1986 had a peep sight on it. The first deer I ever saw while hunting was in the brush and I could not pick it up with the peep sight. I would lower the gun and make out the white on its belly and hind legs, but for the life of me, I could not find it with the peep. I saved my money the next summer and purchased a scope.
 

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Option 2 has always worked for well for me.....fixed 4x scope with see through mounts (not a peep... just open sights). I just like having the option of using the open sights should I need to...and the elevated scope provides a more comfortable shooting position for me.
 

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Option 2 has always worked for well for me.....fixed 4x scope with see through mounts (not a peep... just open sights). I just like having the option of using the open sights should I need to...and the elevated scope provides a more comfortable shooting position for me.
This ^^^ I have see thru mounts on both my TC Encores and love them. If I have to I have the fiber optic iron sites for back up. I have 2 TC White Mountain carbines both with fiber optic iron sites . I put a detachable scope mount on one of them and threw it out after using it a couple days. I put the fiber optic iron sites back on. If I ever changed anything again on the White Mountain carbines it would be to try out the ghost ring peep site
 

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Same here. I had the same peep Longbow has. Awesome at the range. I actually had two doe (years ago) that I could not see through the peep. Right about dusk. Switched over to a scoped inline.
 

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Same here. I had the same peep Longbow has. Awesome at the range. I actually had two doe (years ago) that I could not see through the peep. Right about dusk. Switched over to a scoped inline.
I unscrew the reticle at last light and just use the big hole without it.
 

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I have peeps on almost all my hunting rifles. I hate carrying a gun with a scope. I occasionally take a rifle with a scope but only if I am on stand.

I shoot a TC Encore muzzleloader. with a Katahdin barrel with a peep. I also have the full length barrel with a scope but I never carry it since I got the Katahdin barrel.
 




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