Thumbuster I'm like you I don't really like scopes either but I have no choice now my eyes aren't what they use to be. When I look down a rifle with iron sights I can either see the back sight and a real fuzzy front sight or I can see the front sight and two rear sights. If I want to hit what I'm shootig at I have to use a scope now.Had no use for a scope till I started wearing glasses about 20 years ago. Nobody thinks about there good health or good eye site till they no longer have it,
It was GBS who said, "Youth is wasted upon the young." He was right. If I could turn back my body to 25 again I'd make much better use of it than when I really was 25. As we both know somethings are hard to fix, and eyesight is one. (The other part I'm not going to even discuss.) We try all kinds of glasses, but one pair doesn't seem to work for all things visual. Hearing? It's gone.
I find that if I look through peep sights and focus on the front sight that I can see well enough to shoot pretty well. I agree that a scope helps us to see and I do use one for varmit shooting.
However, when I see a 25 year old hunter spring for a scope as he is buying a rifle to hunt in the deep woods I ponder the reason why. Certainly it's done so often that many rifle makers don't even mount iron sights, so you really don't have a choice. Oh, you can mount your own open sights, but usually the comb has been made to lift your chin so that you can peer through the glass, and it's hard to line up comfortably with iron sights.
The solution? Buy an old rifle. That's what I do. After all many guns are seldom fired, I'd guess most of them are not shot. So older rifles can be just like they were when first sold. Do new do-dads make older rifles obsolete? What do-dads are they? Safeties on a new Marlin Lever gun? As everyone knows we have always used the half cock as the safety and adding another is redundant, PC and a pain.