Should I install a tang sight on a mint condition 41 magnum Cowboy Carbine?


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epijunkie67
March 7, 2006, 01:00 AM
I've been wanting a lever action rifle in 41 magnum for a while now but never really ran across anything that flipped my trigger. Not that I've ran across much. It's not like that kind of gun is just stacked up on the shelves at the local FFL. Tonight I ran across a marlin lever at my favorite gunstore that was on consignment and finally scratched my itch. It is in perfect, and I mean perfect, condition. I can't find a scratch on it and the action looks and feels like it's never been shot before. I think it was a serious safe queen. There aren't even marks on the bolt face! Even better, it's a limited production item. Came with the orginal box, packing, papers, cards, even the plastic bag and oil paper it ships in from the factory.

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The box had a letter from Marlin that says "Congratulations on your purchase of one of one thousand Marlin 1894 Cowboy Carbine "Limited" 41 Magnum lever action carbines produced by The Marlin Firearms Company in 1999. This Limited 1894 is destined to become a collectors item with features including a 20" tapered octagon barrel, full length magazine tube, straight grip walnut stock and fore-arm with adjustable marble semi-buckhorn rear and marble carbine front sights."

It also uses Ballard rifling instead of the microgrooves and they put the serial number (004XX) on the side of the receiver instead of the on the tang like they usually do to allow placement of a tang sight. And there's the question. Should I install a tang sight on this mint condition firearm or leave it as is?

I guess I'm also finally going to have to get into reloading because I'm never going to be able to find good quality ammo for this at a reasonable price off the shelf...

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griz
March 7, 2006, 11:06 AM
Can't you install the sight without drilling new holes?

Nice little rifle by the way. I knew they made a run of 41s, but didn't know they made them in the cowboy model.

mountain_cowboy
March 7, 2006, 11:15 AM
If you want the sight, put it on there. Those Marlins were made for competitive SASS shooting, not collecting or putting up. Even though it was 1 in 1000, that's not really rare or sought after. Drilling for the tang sight is not going to affect what little appreciation in value that that gun is going to see.

epijunkie67
March 7, 2006, 12:25 PM
I've never had the chance to use a tang sight before. How much does it improve accuracy on a rifle like this?

ball3006
March 7, 2006, 05:04 PM
factory options in the old days. Lyman is now making them again. Brownells has them, screws included.......chris3

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